Movies reviewed this week: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, Masterminds, The Girl on the Train and Bollywatch: Mirzya (Starring: Saiyami Kher)
There’s a saying in Hollywood that goes: you cannot simply judge a Nicolas Cage film without understanding his Method acting techniques. Now I’m not sure if the same applies here but this is certainly a cut above his usual round of moderate action flicks.
The storyline is based on the aftermath of America’s epic nuclear journey that ended World War II. No, not the part where they mercilessly snipped Japan with the Little Boy and Fat Man. Rather, it’s the tale of when the Portland-class cruiser USS Indianapolis, commanded by Captain Charles McVay (Nicolas Cage), was torpedoed and sunk by Japanese marines in 1945 while patrolling the Philippine Sea, taking 300 crewmen down with it.
Meanwhile, those who managed to escape the disaster were left stranded without food or water and at the mercy of the sharks (lots of them). Call me crazy, but there are hints that this could have been a prequel to the movie Jaws (1975). Still, only a few live to see another day, and in true tradition, the US Navy – looking for a scapegoat to cover up its negligence – now appears to be pointing the finger at Captain Charles.
The story that follows is quite fascinating, and truly jaw-dropping, and director Mario Van Peebles should take credit for that. However, much credit also goes to Nicolas Cage for his performance here.
This one is a fitting tribute to the many onboard the USS Indianapolis who lost their lives.
Review by Alvin Thomas
Nightwatchman David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) is an unhappy employee of a company that makes armoured cars. When his love interest, Kelly (Kristen Wiig), lures him into orchestrating one of the most ambitious bank heists the world has ever seen, David and his team of hare-brained bandits are able to land a bounty of US$17 million. However, when David is double-crossed by his team, he soon sees himself in the line of fire of the authorities and also a hit man. Based on a true story, this action-comedy is worth every penny.
Rachel (Emily Blunt) is the infamous Girl on the Train from Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel. Devastated by her recent divorce, she spends her daily morning commute fantasising about an ostensibly perfect couple she sees in a house through the window from her train. However, one morning, she sees something shocking, and is soon muddled in the mystery that follows. Oh, book your tickets already!
Based on a timeless Indian folktale, this period action-drama tells the gripping story of two star-crossed lovers, Mirzya Jatt (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and Saahiba (Saiyami Kher), who have to go against all the forces that seek to keep the two apart in both the real world, as well as the afterlife. The movie is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, in true authenticity to keep in line with the tale, which also explores betrayal and forgiveness. In Hindi with subtitles.