Movies reviewed this week: Snowden, Sully, Vigilante Diaries and Bollywatch: Pink (Starring Amithabh Bachchan).
Edward Snowden, the “whistleblower” who landed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the United States government in a fracas may be the most controversial man alive on earth, so a film about him is only fitting.
So is this movie as equally contentious? Perhaps, but there’s no denying that director and writer Oliver Stone’s fingerprints are all over this flick. Let’s put it this way: this movie would have hit the theatres even if there was no man named Edward Snowden. That’s just who Oliver is!
And as expected, this movie barges into a haven of American honour films, you know, like JFK, Born on the Fourth of July and maybe even Platoon.
Here, Oliver throws into the equation questions surrounding power, war and government secrecy, and does it all with a dash of politically charged elan.
Edward (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) successfully pulls off his role of being a delusional idealist (or is he?), who is on a serious mission to let the world know the truth after he himself has come to terms with it.
So is Edward a hero here? Or is he a traitor? That’s for you to decide.
Review by Alvin Thomas.
In this thriller, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) takes control of crippled US Airways Flight 1549 – that has lost both its engines – after a flock of geese strikes the flight mid-air. Sully may have pulled out the most miraculous story of the decade but awaiting him is an investigation that threatens to rip his career apart. A must-watch!
Talk about a violent trip down memory lane. This adrenaline-charged film revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by a brooding anti-hero, known only as “The Vigilante” (Paul Sloan). The rescue, reconnaissance and revenge take the team all the way from Los Angeles to Iraq, Armenia, Russia and the United Kingdom. Don’t hold your breath for this one.
Talk about a girls’ night out turned bad! Pink tells the story of three girls in their mid-20s. When one of them is harassed by a group of men with “big daddies”, this leads to a terrible accident that sees the girls facing the full weight of the law. They must come to terms with Deepak (Amitabh Bachchan), a lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder, to stave off certain jail time. This fine courtroom drama flick is worth every penny.