Movies reviewed this week: Inferno, Desierto, I.T. and Bollywatch: Oppam (starring: Mohanlal and Nedumudi venu, director: Priyadarshan).
Oh, how did we ever come to this? If you had come to me a week ago and told me that a collaborative effort by Tom Hanks and Ron Howard would bear such tasteless fruit, I would have punched you, such is my devotion towards the duo, who joined forces on The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13 and four other flicks.
But now that I’ve actually seen the film, I’m inclined to say that Inferno is actually quite disappointing. Is the plot bad? Or is it the direction? For this, I’ll let you be the judge. But for me, it was the former.
For starters, the plot is incredibly daft: a mad scientist is trying to “heal the world” by culling half of its population, and Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is destined to solve the clues, which are hidden in Botticelli’s famed Map of Hell painting.
Frankly, all the clues are easily solved and will not pull the strings in your brain. But then again, neither does Dora from the cartoon series, Dora the Explorer. Everybody in this film rushes from clue-spot to clue-spot as if they’re at a treasure hunt for children.
But in the end, none of it makes sense either. For instance, why would the scientist (assuming he’s clever) leave behind a trail of clues for Robert to solve? You’re planning on “saving” the world (by diabolically killing billions), for crying out loud!
And that’s what this film is all about: plot holes and ludicrous scenes. The ending for the movie is far twisted from the book, too. If I were you I’d skip this one and read the book instead. Sorry, Mr Hanks.
Review by Alvin Thomas.
Many Mexicans see the United States as the land of opportunity despite the best efforts of Donald Trump to deny them. But crossing the border can be harder than you would imagine. And in this case, what begins as a hopeful journey towards a better life becomes a journey of life or death for a bunch of Mexicans. A deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases the group of unarmed men and women through the harsh and unforgiving desert terrain where the odds are stacked firmly against them. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, it’s a must-watch for thriller fans.
Mike Ryan (Pierce Brosnan) is a self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenaged daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art, smart home. However, just as his company is on the verge of sealing a deal that will change the face of aircraft leasing, Mike’s relationship with Ed Porter (James Frecheville), his IT consultant goes south. After this, Mike soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when Ed starts stalking his daughter and using technology to threaten his family, his business and his life. Don’t hold your breath for this one.
Jayaraman (Mohanlal) is a blind but hard-working man who, despite his disability, has great sensory vision. And when his trusted friend and mentor, the retired Judge Krishnamoorthy, is found murdered in his flat, he is soon the prime suspect for the gruesome murder. Jayaraman must now recollect his final moments with his friend, and also the intricate details from the night of the murder to help solve the case. This tie-up between Mohanlal and director Priyadarshan takes us back to the good old days of Malayalam cinema, and is a must-watch.