Killing Eve (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) It’s a one-woman show of Jodie Comer as Villanelle, the multilingual French-loving, cold-blooded psychopath assassin with a strong fashion sense. An evil James Bond.
2) Exceptional soundtrack with songs like Carnival and Mama by Unloved and Contact by Brigitte Bardot.

 

CONS –
1) Sandra Oh’s (as Eve Polastri) expressionless face is one of the biggest let down of the series. In a game of spies, she’s merely a pawn in the grand scheme of things.
2) The series is based on Villanelle novel series. She remains the central character in the entire series. Can’t understand why Eve is made the title character.

 
QUOTE –
Eve: Who do you work for? Why are you killing these people?
Villanelle: Do you not know? Do you know who you work for?
Eve: Yes.
Villanelle: Really?
Eve: Yes.
Villanelle: Really? I think if you went high enough, you’d probably find we work for the same people.

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”

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.