Unknown (2011)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A fast-paced and gripping thriller from the first to the last minute.
2) An assassin who mistakes his fake identity to be his reality because of a freak accident.
3) Great supporting cast with legends like Frank Langella and Bruno Ganz

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ernst Jürgen: In the Stasi, we had a basic principle: ask enough questions and a man who is lying will eventually change his story. But the man who tells the truth cannot change his, however unlikely his story sounds.

Judgementall Hai Kya (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is watchable only when Satish Kaushik and Brijendra Kala were on the screen in their respective minor roles.

 

CONS –
1) Ekta Kapoor was trying to make a Sriram Raghavan thriller. But this mediocre adventure of her is as generic as it can be with the plot-twist that anyone can guess it from a mile.
2) Balaji Motion Pictures spent the entire budget on Kangana Ranaut’s costumes.

 
QUOTE –
“aaj kal normal logon se darro”

The Pelican Brief (1993)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An investigative thriller that unfolds slowly like a Jason Bourne movie without the action sequences.

 
CONS –
1) Slow, boring and too long. From the very beginning, the President is revealed to be the real culprit and it became pointless to explore the movie for another 100 minutes.

 
QUOTE –
Prof. Callahan: I’ve decided my agenda for the future. I’ll stay in bed, drink, make love and forget the whole damn business.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The movie gives Jesse a much needed proper ending.
2) This movie is ominous in nature from the very first minute. The audience knew what was coming to them.
3) Vince Gilligan’s directorial debut film sticks to its roots with character-driven lengthy Tarantinoesque sequences.
4) Robert Forster as Ed the Disappearer played his parting shot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Heisenberg: You didn’t have to wait your whole life to do something special.

The Firm (1993)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A young lawyer, stuck in a shady law-firm, trying to regain his life while also ensuring not getting disbarred.
2) Watching a John Grisham movie guarantees getting a lot of free legal information.
3) Good supporting cast.

 
CONS –
1) 30 minutes too long.
2) Complex legal plot for the average moviegoers.

 
QUOTE –
Avery Tolar: Being a tax lawyer’s got nothing to do with the law. It’s a game. We teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich. The IRS keeps changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them.

Parasite (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Hollywood studios busy with recycling exhausted plots and making reboots can learn a lot from South Korean cinema. Director Bong Joon-ho returns with a complex thriller which is hard to be described in a single sentence. A social commentary in the form of an engrossing thriller.
2) The jaw-dropping basement revelation scene.
3) The birthday party murder rampage
4) Ki-taek’s Plan monologue.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ki-taek: You know what kind of plan that never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned.

Badlapur (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Varun Dhawan’s best role to date. Sriram Raghavan is undisputedly the king of neo-noir in Bollywood.
2) An epic level revenge drama spanning two-decades.
3) Great cast, fast and bold screenplay. Performances of Radhika Apte and Nawaz stands out.
4) Songs: “Judaai” & “Jeena Jeena”

 

CONS –
1) The plot explores the psychological aspect of revenge where a victim becomes a remorseless perpetrator himself in the rage. That’s where the climactic scene between Jhimli & Raghu fails. It was supposed to sum up the entire movie with subtle expressions and apt music, but it failed.
2) Kumud Mishra as the Inspector is a terrible miscast. His characters’ final meltdown with Laik was supposed to be epic.

 

QUOTE –
Police : naav kay tujhe?
Raghu : Raghu.
Police : ghetli kaay ?
Raghu : Murder keli.