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GEOSTORM

'‘A perfectly enjoyable mindless entertainer'

Director:

Dean Devlin

Cast:

Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia 

Geostorm has been bombarded with negative reviews by critics and viewers alike and I was very apprehensive about watching this film. But it turned out to be quite an enjoyable fare. The film tells the story of a satellite system called 'Dutch Boy' that has been made by the US in collaboration with 17 other counties to deal with gross climatic anomalies. It has the power to bust through storms, tornadoes and other similar natural destructive forces. After years of running successfully, the system suddenly starts malfunctioning, resulting in catastrophes. To find out what went wrong, the government sends back the man who led the team that built it. 

Jake (Gerald Butler) is jilted at the way he was fired from his job on 'Dutch Boy' by his own younger brother Max (Jim Sturgess) but agrees to help. Max, who is the head of operations of the project, carries out his own investigation into the anomalies while Jake tries to pinpoint the source of the problem on 'Dutch Boy'. As they dwell deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounding the anomaly, they realize that there is a bigger game afoot.  

For a film like this to work, it needed a fairly intriguing plot which it does. There is enough meat in the story to keep you interested through the duration of its runtime. There are some good surprises and twists and turns that caught me off-guard. The screenplay also takes you in a certain direction and then suddenly you realize that you were coerced into believing something that is not exactly the case. These things work well for the film and help keep the interest in the proceedings.

Visually speaking, the film is satisfactory. It's very difficult to overtake precedents left by films like 'Gravity' or for that matter, '2001: A Space Odyssey', and it is foolish to expect anything of that level from a film that plans on being nothing more than a popcorn entertainer. Going by its standard, it does have good visuals. It must also be reiterated that Geostorm had to look real to affect us with the plights of the people from which most of the seriousness of the film comes and it is somewhat successful in doing that. I guess that's enough for a film like this. 

The film's biggest drawback apart from its pedestrian approach to the storytelling and total lack of urgency is the final reveal of the bad guys. Their motives are so muddled and third grade that it is bound to put a smile on your face. It must also be noted that after building up quite well to the last 15-20 minutes with twist and turns and generating a sense of interest in who the bad guys might be and how powerful they might be, the whole situation fizzles down to a meagre punch on the face. 

Geostorm is an enjoyable fare if you are willing to accept it for what it is. Keep the expectations low and you might just like it. 

 

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TERA INTEZAAR

'Tera Intezaar will give stiff competition for being the worst film of all times'

 
 
Director:
Raajeev Walia
Voice Cast:
Arbaaz Khan, Sunny Leone, Arya Babbar, Sudha Chandran, Salil Ankola
 
 
I never hate films neither do I enjoy ridiculing bad films. I watch films to be enthralled by them and even in the bad ones, I look for redeeming factors. Sadly, 'Tera Intezaar' is one of those rare films that do not have a single redeeming factor about it. It is a terribly written, horribly acted and atrociously executed mess that's hardly worthy of being called a film. I was amazed at the fact that this film had a director standing behind the camera who said, "Cut, Print… That's OK" after every take as every scene in the film is so poorly acted and horribly executed that it is impossible to believe that someone in his/her sane mind would "OK" it.
The story revolves around an amateur painter played by Arbaaz Khan who is targeted by four baddies who want to get hold of his paintings. Sunny Leone's Raunak is a paintings dealer who introduces Arbaaz Khan to the baddies, who in a matter of two meetings take over the situation and get down to knocking around people. Leone also falls in love with Arbaaz after he draws a portrait of hers. There is also a supernatural angle to all this and it is exposed in the very first sequence.
This film is so bad in every department that it is pointless even to scrutinize it all. What is better is to look at the film as a spoof and enjoy the over-the-top and comically bad performances, the MS-Paint created visual effects and the insane story. Atleast that's what I did. If you are able to do that and if you are watching this film with a group of wisecracking friends, you are bound to have a ball as there is enough material here to make fun off for almost a year. 
Sunny Leone's expressions and an overtly melodramatic performance, Arya Babbar's jabbering, Arbaaz Khan's almost comatose act and the film's hilariously tacky dealing of the revenge plot is just some of the things that grabbed my attention. This was meant to be a serious film and I laughed my guts out almost throughout its runtime. If given enough exposure, 'Tera Intezaar' is bound to find a place by the side of film's like 'Samurai Cop', 'Room' and our very own cult classic, 'Gunda'.
I am tempted not to give this film any stars but I cannot forget the fact that it really made me roll over with laughter, even though not for intended reasons. If you have a delicate sense of cinematic ideas and treatment then steer clear of this film as it is bound to shake you to the roots.