Movies reviewed this week: The Accountant, Ouija: The Origin of Evil, Yugo and Bollywatch: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Starring: Anushka Sharma).
What’s a Ben Affleck flick without a pinch of drama, right? It has become something of a pattern after all these years: every now and then, he has to reaffirm his existence in Hollywood with either an action or a mystery-thriller film. However, much to our delight, his return films are known to be quite splendid, especially for thriller fans.
And my impressions were bang on, with his new film The Accountant. Taking the role of Christian Wolff, Affleck plays a mathematical guru working as an undercover CPA agent in his small town in the US.
However, Christian is not very Christian, as he sees himself moonlighting as an accountant for some of the most dangerous criminal and terrorist organisations in the world.
This puts him on the radar of the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division. And to protect his cover, he now has to take up a legitimate job with a seemingly clean robotics company.
But as Christian settles into his job, he learns that his new company isn’t what he thought it would be. All the books are forged, and Christian is now in the line of fire, literally, with his company, as well as with other criminals.
The action is strong enough to push you off your seats, and in an almost Ben Affleck sort of way, it’s all very appealing. I mean, how often do you get to see an accountant changing the magazines of a sniper? Worth every baisa.
Review by Alvin Thomas.
Ouija: The Origin of Evil
Set in 1967, when Los Angeles was a haven for corruption, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) is seen inviting unnecessary trouble into her home when she decides to set up her new scam business of holding séances. However, things take a turn for the worse when a merciless spirit takes over her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson). The small family must now confront unthinkable fears to save her, and send the spirit back to the other side. A must-watch for horror fans.
Yugo is an adventurous and brave young girl who takes off from home to explore the world after being scolded by her father. On her way, she enters a fantastical kingdom in the clouds to find her friends Lala and Uncle Bear. However, Yugo finds herself in the middle of a crisis, as all the living creatures in the kingdom are getting smaller. Can Yugo save her friends from shrinking?
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) is a gorgeous and well-sorted woman who is still reeling from the effects of her recent break-ups. Now cue Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor), a rich and charming “private-jetsetter” musician who’s very full of himself. However, in true “Karan fashion”, the duo are found to be falling for each other. The romance is slick, and Ayan soon finds himself on a mission of self-discovery. The Karan-Ranbir-Anushka tie-up may be all too familiar for many. However, with this film, Karan Johar brings to the table the very best of Indian romance and zardozi.