Movies reviewed this week: Captain Fantastic, Viral, Marauders, Preview: Free State of Jones and Bollywatch: Sultan.
Let’s get straight to the point: Captain Fantastic is absolutely fantastic!
Directed by Matt Ross, this is a family drama focusing on a single and dedicated father, Ben (Viggo Mortensen).
Bringing up his six children as a widower, the movie relates the trials and tribulations he faces since the family’s loss.
However, raising his children in a compounded redneck town in the Pacific Northwest (filmed in the US state of Washington) has its shortcomings. There is no proper schooling so Ben is obliged to home-school his children, often putting them through gruelling physical exercises and thought-provoking lectures.
Soon, he is forced to leave the town and reunite with other family members, which throws up a whole load of fresh problems. His children aren’t accustomed to city life and emerge as misfits in an otherwise “orderly” world.
The children are forced to leave their self-created haven to embark on a new journey – to explore the outside world – leaving Ben to question his role as a parent.
This free-spirited movie certainly aims to provoke our thoughts on the essentials of family life and is a must-watch.
Review by Alvin Thomas
The lives of teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black D’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) are fairly normal. Things take a turn when their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. The disease rapidly wipes out the entire town, and the two must stand together to barricade themselves in from the infection. However, when the virus enters their home, the sisters have to make an agonising choice: to protect each other or fight for one’s survival.
What does an average pro-FBI film with an average plotline and a star-studded cast evolve into? The Marauders. Jeffrey Hubert (Bruce Willis) is the president of Cincinnati Bank – the target of some truly brutal heists. However, all the evidence points at Hubert and some high-profile clients of the bank. When FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case, it’s clear that a larger conspiracy is at play. Despite the big names, Marauders reeks of mediocrity. It’s best to leave this one in the dust.
Free States of Jones tells the story of defiant American farmer Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey). Set during the Civil War, Knight is faced with the daunting task of liberating his people by staging an armed rebellion against the Confederacy, along with the help of small farmers and local slaves. The film is loosely based on real-life events, such as the formation of Jones County in Mississippi. It also depicts Knight’s continued struggle during the Reconstruction Era in the history of the United States. Don’t miss this one.
Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) is a local wrestling champion whose dream is to represent his country at the Olympics. Meanwhile, Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) is a young and feisty wrestler from the same town of Haryana as Sultan; and when the two cross paths, love sparks. However, in between all the love and typical in-your-face “bhai moments”, there lies the story of an underdog wrestler looking to take on the world and make a mark for himself. Well worth your time.