Movies reviewed this week: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, The Magnificent Seven, Keeping Up With The Jonases and Bollywatch: Pullimurugan (Starring: Mohanlal).
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
After last week’s review of Inferno, readers of Y must think that I’m totally against Hollywood flicks. But the truth is I’m not; I really do like Hollywood films. So when I heard of a movie featuring one of my favourite actors, Tom Cruise, I booked tickets expecting an entertaining, heroic-action-packed film.
But neither Cruise nor his director (Edward Zwick) can save Jack Reacher from hitting rock bottom.
“Inspired” by a series of novels by Lee Child (an author I like), Cruise takes on the title role for the second time after his earlier, successful outing in 2012. This time, to clear his name, he has to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy. Of course, he is also on the run as a fugitive from the “law”.
The plotline isn’t as definitive as it sounds. It is basically Jack running around in circles randomly invoking violence and a whole lot more. Anyone with a bit of common sense would question Reacher’s grasp of what constitutes grown-up behaviour. For example: he insists on having characters constantly address him as “Reacher” or “Major” (to which he very modestly replies, “ex-Major”). At one point, there’s something about a child he fathered that he’s never seen or heard of, too. In short, there really is a lot of confusion going on onscreen.
And as expected, Never Go Back never really captures the essence of any of Lee’s books, and is just as corny and crummy as Inferno. Take my advice, and watch Deepwater Horizon – or just go for a walk.
Review by Alvin Thomas
The Magnificent Seven
The town of Rose Creek has been taken over by greedy and evil industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), and the townspeople have been immobilised from their normal lives. In a desperate attempt to regain control of her village, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) solely seeks help from warrant officer Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington). It is now up to him and his crew of six to stage the ultimate showdown and take out Bogue. This period flick is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and is a must-watch.
Keeping up with the Joneses
The Gaffneys, Jeff (Zach Galifianakis) and Karen (Isla Fisher), find themselves lacking in every department in comparison with their ultra-sophisticated and seemingly perfect neighbours Mr and Mrs Jones. However, as the couples grow close, they learn that the Joneses aren’t what they thought they were, and soon find themselves in the middle of international espionage. Don’t hold your breath for this one.
Murugan (Mohanlal) is an ordinary man making a living by cutting bamboo from the forests in his remote village of Pulioore in Kerala. But because his village is prone to attacks by tigers, he has also taken up the role of a saviour by seeking and hunting down these animals to safeguard the villagers. This has earned him the name, Pulimurugan – The God of Tigers. However, Murugan has a tragic story of his own to tell. The question is: will his past get the better of him? Or will he continue to serve his village with his knife-toting skills? Pulimiurugan is a brilliant, high-voltage action flick with a commendable storyline. Worth every rial.