Raazi (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Good to see Bollywood making movies about a forgotten era that too based on a fiction novel.
2) Alia Bhatt as Sehmat – running the entire show single-handedly
3) A perfect prequel to The Ghazi Attack (2017)

 

CONS –
1) Run-of-the-mill spy-thriller where the director used all the predictable textbook elements.
2) Forgettable soundtrack.

 
QUOTE –
“watan ke aage kuch nahi … khud bhi nahi”

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A high octane action packed movie from beginning to the end by Christopher McQuarrie.It’s a mediocre story riddled with back to back great action sequences.
2) Wolf Blitzer cold open cameo.
3) Men’s room hand-to-hand combat.
4) The bike chase sequence in Paris.
5) Plot-twist after plot-twists.
6) Great action sequences at the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Couldn’t care less about the cliched spy-story or Ethan Hunt‘s family past.

 

QUOTE –
Solomon Lane: There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) Another gem from the master of suspense – a gripping cross-continental spy-thriller.
2) “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”  by Doris Day – not just a good song but an important part of the plot.
3) Cinematography By Technicolor

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“Dr. Ben McKenna: Sorry we were gone so long, but we had to pick up Hank!”

Atomic Blonde (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) John Woo redefined stylized action movies 30 years ago. David Leitch is adding a new chapter in this genre. Neon lightings, retro wave music, hand-to-hand combat, single sequence shot are key elements of his direction.
2) End Credits : Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie
3) James McAvoy as Percival – his hungover, show-up-late, don’t-know-which-way-is-up act.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre cold-war spy-thriller. Style over substance.

 

Quote –
“It’s a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) A John le Carré’s European thriller with Russian Mafia and MI6
2) Stellan Skarsgård as Dima

 

Cons –
1) A mediocre thriller with a predictable ending
2) Ewan McGregor in a shallow role
3) The roles of Mark Gatiss & Damian Lewis could’ve been swapped.

 

Quote –
” A man lauders a million pounds, he’s a crook but a few billion, now you’re talking.”

Jason Bourne (2016)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

1) Thanks, Paul Greengrass for keeping the franchise alive.

 

 
Cons –

1) Dull story; like a Bourne parody. It’s like watching some deleted scenes from an old Jason Bourne film.
2) Stupid editing; weird cuts.
3) Not a single noteworthy action sequence
4) Dumb “Deep Dream” sub-plot.
5) 10 years since we last saw Jason Bourne and still we are wondering about Treadstone, Blackbriar.Instead of being the new adventure of Bourne, it’s Bourne still looking for his identity.

 

 
Quote –
Jason Bourne:  I volunteered because of a lie.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt: Still alive and kicking
2) Simon Pegg & Rebecca Ferguson
3) Opening credit: Plane stunt

 

Cons –
1) Most cliched spy thriller plot
2) No boss fight
3) Alec Baldwin & Jeremy Renner : Wasted

 

Quote –
“Benji Dunn: Join the IMF. See the world, on a monitor, in a closet.”