Movies reviewed this week: Ghosthunters, Conjuring 2, Flight Crew, Preview: Lights Out and Bollywatch: Kammatti Paadam
Ghosthunters isn’t your average horror flick. To be honest, it isn’t even horror; it’s comedy! However, it’s worth a look, for all that.
Tom (Milo Parker), an eleven-year-old kid (dare we say, protagonist?) often spends his days daydreaming to a point where he believes everything around him is haunted.
Tom is scared of a lot of things; especially the dark and the cellar beneath his family’s apartment. His fear turns out to be justified when he meets Hugo, a bright green, slimy ghost who is more “Flubber” and loveable than spine-chilling.
Hugo is an Average Spooky Ghost (ASG – don’t ask why), who needs Tom to help him evict the dangerous and vicious Ancient Ice Ghost (AIG) from his house before the next full moon. Should he fail, then Hugo will disappear off the face of the earth.
Tom and Hugo become friends, and embark on a tactical espionage mission to help Hugo regain his house.
During their mission, Tom also seeks the help of Hetty Cuminseed (Anke Engelke), a former ghosthunter from the Central Ghosthunting Institute (CGI).
An unlikely team then, with a scaredy-cat boy, an unemotional ghosthunter and a clumsy, cute blob. But the three must square up to the AIG.
While the plotline sounds a bit drab, the movie is filled with a lot of laughs, and it should appeal to the younger crowd.
Review by Alvin Thomas
Reprising their roles in this sequel are paranormal investigators Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). The duo are now in Enfield, a borough in North London, following a short, self-imposed sabbatical. There, they meet Peggy Hodgson, a mother of four, who firmly believes that an entity is haunting her house. The couple quickly validates Peggy’s claims. Now, they face the daunting task of redeeming her besieged daughter from the clutches of the spirit. Based on a true story, Conjuring 2 is a treat for horror/thriller fans.
Alexey Guchshin (Danila Kozlovsky) is a conceited but talented young airforce pilot. However, following a rift with his superiors, he is forced to leave and take up an intern’s position in an airline company. On a flight to Southeast Asia, Alexey and his captain receive a distress call about an earthquake on a volcanic island, to which the former decides to intervene. A quick evacuation is planned, and Alexey and his captain manage to rescue the passengers in two flights but low fuel and tormenting volcanic clouds make way for a near-impossible escape. Action fans will love this one.
The plot is incredibly simple: Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) is a troubled young woman who left home in the hope of leaving behind her childhood fears that haunted her growing up. As a child, Rebecca had problems coping with the dark and in not knowing what was real and surreal. However, now her younger brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) is experiencing the same terrifying events. Only this time, there’s a mysterious entity, resembling their mother (Maria Bello), looking to torment and exact revenge on the entire family. It’s best to keep the lights on for this one.
This Rajeev Ravi flick is not your typical romance and comedy Malayalam thriller. Kammatti Paadam is a realistic take on the “gunda gangs” (mafia) in the small village of Kammatti Paadam, in the city of Kochi. The film focuses on the lives of two friends, Krishnan (Dulquer Salmaan) and Gangan (Vinayakan), and how the mafia turns their lives upside down. This is a film that tells of the loyalty between the two friends despite their differences. Many critics have already termed Kammatti Paadam as “one of the best gangster/brotherhood films from India”. A must-watch.