Movies reviewed this week: Operation Chromite, Shut In, The Good Neighbour and Bollywatch: Force 2 (Starring: John Abraham).
Not many of today’s generation would know, but if you were to ask someone well-versed in history about wars that changed the course of mankind they would almost certainly include: 1) The Battle of Britain (in the West), and 2) The Battle of Incheon (in the East).
However, not many know that it was indeed Operation Chromite that led to the Incheon campaign. And that’s exactly what director John H. Lee aims to mount on screen with this flick.
Liam Neeson plays General Douglas MacArthur surgically and somewhat enthusiastically. However, it is Lee Jung-jae who steals much of the screen time, as Captain Jang Hak-soo. Fortunately, the movie more or less retraces the story related by most history books. We see the South Korean Navy Special Forces, along with Captain Jang Hak-soo and seven members of the KLO (Korean Liasion Office) unit disguise themselves as a North Korean inspection unit. They infiltrate the North Korean army command centre in Incheon to recon enemy forces in the area and to kidnap Ryu Jang-choon – the second-highest ranking officer in the North Korean command centre.
If you’re familiar with the military campaigns of the Korean War, you could spot the differences, as it is highly unlikely that the South Korean investigation advanced exactly as depicted because their tactics seem so ridiculously risky that any actual mission pursuing them would probably have been quickly neutralised. But it is worth noting that Operation Chromite tries to keep to the facts unlike other various Hollywood-ised takes on history (cough, Argo, cough).
Review by Alvin Thomas.
Mary Portman (Naomi Watts) is a child psychologist who has been known to develop close bonds with her patients as part of their treatment. So when Mary’s patient Tom goes missing from her house during a deadly winter storm, the town is convinced that the child is dead. However, Mary claims she sees and hears Tom, and is convinced that he is still alive. A heart-pounding thriller film for those with nerves of steel.
Mischievous high school kids, Sean (Keir Gilchrist) and Ethan (Logan Miller) create an illusion to scare their unsuspecting aged neighbour, Harold (James Caan), while also keeping his reactions under surveillance. However, when things don’t go as planned, the two learn that Harold is not the gullible and credulous man they always believed him to be. A psychological horror flick that’s not worth your time or money.
Now in its second instalment, Force 2 sees Mumbai Police’s cynical police officer Yashvardhan (John Abraham) take on an international criminal syndicate run by Shiv Sharma (Tahir Raj Bhasin). In an action-packed thriller, the young officer goes all the way to Budapest, along with India’s RAW (Research and Analysis Wing). Still lamenting over the death of his wife (from Force 1), Yash claims to be dead from the inside, owing to his almost seemingly superhero levels of strength. Aside from that, there’s a plethora of high-speed chases, fired bullets and illogical stunts but it all makes way for yet another successful action flick.