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8/10
A decent action-thriller and that's about it.
28 April 2020
While browsing the action section on Netflix, I came across this new French action thriller. And also, given its not-so-long duration, I decided to stream it last night. It was an entertaining watch, although there's nothing groundbreaking or much memorable about it, to be honest. The action scenes are the best thing about this film and possibly the only reason I found it entertaining.

If you're looking for a masterpiece, it's not that. But if all you want is a decent action film with enough guns, blood, traps, chases and explosions: check this one out for sure. Performance wise, I found Sami Bouajila impressive, given this is his first film I've watched. I hope to check out more of his work. Technical aspects are neat and the tension built during the action is excellent. But the buildup to the nonstop action is somewhat tiring to an extent. Not boring at all, but just something that could've been done at a better pace. That's really a flaw given how it's already just an 80 minute film!

Nevertheless, Earth and Blood is a watchable action thriller with enough action and suspense to keep you hooked. The film certainly has its moments and mostly engages. Worth a one-time watch for sure.
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Extraction (2020)
10/10
Extraction delivers action that provides both entertainment and satisfaction.
24 April 2020
I had been waiting for this day since long. With cinemas locked down due to the global pandemic, I had stopped waiting to watch any new movies. What caught my attention was the trailer of Extraction, that finally gave me hope to wait for a big action blockbuster. And having watched it on Netflix just minutes ago, I can assure you that it's the best action movie of the year till now. The film lived up to the hype and left me satisfied as the credits rolled.

Extraction's USP is the action it offers: beautifully shot, neatly choreographed and well-edited too. Those fed up of quick cuts in recent action movies would be pleasantly surprised to find long takes in this film (in this case, a prolonged single-shot action sequence!) instead of fast cutting. The color tone is rich and suits the film's own tone. There are a couple of dramatic breaks between the action that make the viewers root for the characters.

Chris Hemsworth delivers an impressive performance that gels with his character, while Rudraksh Jaiswal also presents us with a neat act. It's finally very satisfying to see Randeep Hooda doing a character like this. Make no mistake, he's done a couple of action films before but never did he play a tough character like this: one that allows him to both throw a punch and emote whenever needed.

Extraction is also surprisingly realistic in terms of how it doesn't want to turn heroes into indestructible characters. When they get hit, they bleed. When they are injured, they feel pain. And given how all of this is done masterfully during its video-game style action, Extraction fulfills the action genre to its fullest. Again, since there's no way one's gonna step out and pay to buy tickets and popcorn to a movie at this moment, it's better to stay home, grab some snacks and prepare yourself for a thrill-a-minute, no-nonsense action ride called Extraction. Action aficionados are definitely in for a massive treat.
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9/10
An enjoyable action-adventure film. Just didn't need to be so long.
20 April 2020
Just watched it on Netflix. By the end, I felt exhausted, and in a good way. The action sequences were beautifully executed and the dramatic undertones worked well. But I felt the film didn't need to be stretched this much, especially when the tonal shift in the second half kills the excitement factor. Nevertheless, it's an engaging watch for those who enjoy action-adventure films.

Triple Frontier starts on a promising note, with some explosive action sequences captured in a spectacular manner. Then we have this heist mission (as you can tell from the synopsis, no spoilers) but it takes its own sweet time to build up. Nevertheless, it proceeds well and the first half, despite having some slow parts, moves at a pretty brisk pace with exciting action and suspense. The tension keeps elevating and some sequences grab immediate attention. The story seems to have a hidden satirical element in it that works if you really think about what the film is trying to convey.

But it starts to feel like a bit of stretch during the second half when the dramatic tone eliminates the suspense factor that comes alive only during the action scenes. This tonal shift could've been handled better and the slow pacing could've been fixed. That's the only issue I had with this film. Otherwise, the performances are impressive and so are the action sequences, cinematography, locales and some unexpected twists.

Triple Frontier is not perfect, but then no film is meant to be and that's where the beauty lies. I'm deducting 1 star out of 10 due to the unexpected slow pace/stretched parts, but giving it a solid 9 for its rich entertainment value as an action film.
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Aswathama (2020)
10/10
Aswathama is a spellbinding action thriller that will hold your breath...
17 April 2020
I was waiting to see this film since long, one of the major reasons being its raw action episodes. After watching a one-shot fight sequence on YouTube, I was compelled to check it out. Finally, following a number of delays, the film was today made available for streaming with subtitles and I instantly checked it out. Whoa, that was one good action thriller! The concept is fresh and unique, and the film has so much tension and action that it made me hold my breath a number of times.

Naga Shaurya has transformed into an action hero with this film, and has done a splendid job. Watch out for his action scenes where he impresses like a pro. Mehreen thankfully has a better role this time, and not just singing and dancing with the hero. Jisshu Sengupta is stunning as the antagonist. The film has a racy plot and hence it clearly should've avoided a couple of songs but given how it regains and retains the momentum later is commendable.

And yes, the best thing about this film is the action. The fight scenes and parkour stunts are both brilliantly choreographed as well as shot. Dialogues are pretty impressive, and there are also a number of feel good moments as well. But again, the writing is the clear winner here, and the best part of the film is the pre-interval action sequence that delivers a ton of heart-pounding intensity.

Overall, Aswathama is an impressive action thriller. If you don't speak Telugu but also don't mind reading subtitles, check this movie out on Jio CInema or Sun NXT. It will blow your mind!
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Redemption (I) (2013)
10/10
Redemption/Hummingbird moved me and I didn't expect that to happen this way.
14 April 2020
Saw it on Netflix last night. Being a fan of Jason Statham and his action, I knew what I was in for: an action film different from his typical outings. What I didn't know was that the film would eventually move in, and in an unexpectedly heartwarming manner. This isn't a thriller. It's an action drama that has the perfect balance between bone-cracking action and emotionally resonant character drama.

The film is indeed different from other actioners of Jason Statham. Here, we also get to see his emote to the fullest and undoubtedly it's one of his best performances till date. Having seen many of his films, I think this is the most memorable one as it touches the viewer on a more personal and human level. The film is very entertaining, and another reason why the dramatic parts don't bore the viewer is Jason's presence in them. The fight sequences are as expected, brilliant. I liked how the director delivered a lot of emotional undertones without sacrificing a bit of what Jason is best at: action.

The film closes with a soothing background score, and leaves an impact you won't have expected from a Jason Statham movie. Redemption/Hummingbird is a masterpiece, and a perfect action drama that is hard to forget once it ends. If you want to see a film where Jason gets to emote while also doing his usual classy action, this is the fine film to check out: trust me, the impact is greater than expected.
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Underwater (2020)
10/10
It's fast paced, action packed and scary: exactly as expected.
9 April 2020
The film was very well done in my opinion. I liked how they quickly set up the plot in no time and kept it action-packed to the core. For not a second was the film out of intensity, and a powerful performance coming from Kristen Stewart only made it more fun to watch.

Underwater does have its share of jump-scares, but they genuinely work. At least for me, they did. The visual effects were pretty good for a film that's meant to be darkly lit for the major duration. The action sequences were impressive, and it's good to see Kristen Stewart in action movies. The film is crisply edited and manages to pack action, drama, horror and suspense without going overboard.

Trust me, if you're just looking for an entertaining sci-fi action horror film, it won't disappoint you.
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10/10
A fast-paced action comedy that does what it's meant to do.
9 April 2020
Alright, I finally got myself my own Netflix subscription and this was the film I started with. I got exactly what I was expecting: a fun action comedy with lots of action, decent amount of humor and some intriguing mystery. Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke make nice on-screen buddies, and the tone/treatment of the story works for the two.

Spenser Confidential wastes no time in setting up the plot and jumping to the action sequences quickly. The fights are in plenty, and quite raw as well. And then we have chases too, sprinkled with some really hilarious parts. For a moment, I felt I was watching a lighter version of Mark's 2008 actioner Max Payne which was quite dark. Well, the film does have a simple-looking plot but also has ample twists and turns to keep one awake.

At the end of the day, it's a movie meant to be enjoyed and not taken seriously. It doesn't get graphic with violence/language/sexual content, and keeps it mostly in check. However, that doesn't make it a kid-friendly ride. Spenser Confidential is just a very fun action movie that combines an interesting story with breakneck action. And that's what it was meant to do, again.
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Bloodshot (2020)
10/10
Extremely enjoyable. One of the most gorgeous action movies of the year.
24 March 2020
Honestly, it's still hard to believe I could've seen this in cinemas almost a week ago had the conditions not been like what they are, and that I just watched it in HD. The moment I heard the theaters were being shut down, I had a feeling that I might have to wait for months to watch this movie, but then it hit the digital platforms today. I instantly decided to watch it, and honestly, it's one of the most beautiful action movies of the year. The action sequences, the visual effects and the rich colors are the reason I felt this should have also been in 3D, even if just for home media now.

Vin Diesel embraces Ray Garrison as another action hero as he's one of the top stars in this genre and hence it's almost a cakewalk for him. Seeing him as a nearly indestructible yet at-times-vulnerable superhero was a treat. But most importantly, I have to praise the stunning visual effects and usage of colors during the action sequences. The film has a surprisingly high visual appeal, and rather so much that it does make me feel bad it couldn't enjoy a proper theatrical run.

Bloodshot might seem like just another revenge-themed superhero film if you go by the one-line synopsis. But it's a lot more than that, and I was amazed by the high-concept story this film actually has. Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone who's into superheroes/comic-book based action movies. Vin Diesel fans should easily embrace this one. I really do wish to see a 3D re-release at some time in the future.
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10/10
A very realistic action-thriller that packs a punch.
18 March 2020
Naan Mahaan Alla is the kind of movie that relies more on its raw and realistic treatment than the story to entertain the viewers. It's one of the most grounded action movies presented by the Tamil cinema, and I'm glad I saw it. It offers an interesting insights into middle-class family lifestyle and the criminal mindsets of the youth. Director Suseenthiran has treated a fairly simple story like a complex one and that's why it works.

The film does get disturbing a number of times due to its gritty tone, and thus it's hard to recommend it for kids although there's nothing too explicit. This film features some of the finest performances coming from almost every actor, including Karthi and the actors who played the villain gang. Music by Yuvan is impressive, and so is the cinematography by R. Madhi, especially during the final fight sequence.

NMA has a lot to offer, but given how slow the plot is, the real story takes a lot of time to start and it basically just feels like a buildup for the absolutely action-packed third act filled with fights and chase sequences. Of course, there are a number of good things to appreciate here but in the end, it's the realistic action and intense performances one will remember this film for.

If you're looking for a good dose of action, drama and suspense, check out NMA soon. It's a power-packed action thriller with a realistic treatment, powerful performances and lots of raw action. Not for the faint heart, though.
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Baaghi 3 (2020)
10/10
Full-on treat for action/Tiger fans. It's meant to be like that.
10 March 2020
These ridiculously low ratings are indeed very surprising. It's become very common these days to bash a Bollywood action film whether it's good or bad. As for Baaghi 3, it is meant to please action fans. With its crowd-pleasing stunts, explosions and fight sequences dominating the core while also delivering an emotionally resonant, occasionally funny and tension-filled story, Baaghi 3 succeeds in hitting the target. If you don't like action movies, don't watch it just to criticize it.

Baaghi 3 delivers on action and that is the best thing about the film. Honestly, why would one go to this film expecting some sophisticated and complex storytelling? It's all about Tiger Shroff fighting bad guys, blowing up stuff and performing daredevil stunts: and that's exactly what I paid for. I agree the story in the second half is basically another version of Taken or Man on Fire, but there's enough style and substance to keep one engaged till the last moment.

And substance is a subjective term. It doesn't just apply to critically acclaimed/award-winning dramas but to any film that stays true to its genre. Baaghi 3 does that, and in case you still don't realize that, it's an ACTION FILM. It also has some surprisingly solid performances coming from Tiger and Riteish, especially in the climax. The camerawork is good during the action scenes. One might feel certain things in the first half are simply rushed to bring the film to its actual storyline, but the overall handling is good enough to ignore this flaw after a point of time.

All in all, Baaghi 3 is for you if you're a fan of action movies and Tiger Shroff/Riteish Deshmukh. If not, this one's simply not for you. As for me, I totally enjoyed the film till the last moment and I'm saying this having seen countless number of action films from the world that often have the same "hero-rescues-loved-one" template used again and again.
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Equilibrium (2002)
10/10
Thought-provoking, unforgettable action movie!
10 March 2020
Equilibrium is among the movies that left a deep impact on my mind. It's such an underrated film that puts the viewer straight into the protagonist's shoes and when he emotes, so does the viewer. Christian Bale's performance was so stunning that I felt like it was my own story being told on screen. It's quite relatable in ways more than one. This is a fresh sci-fi action film with emotion that hits you hard and action that blows your mind.

The film is a stunning combination of action spectacle and a deeper character commentary. Emotions are presented with subtlety and the amount of tension with every growing second only makes this film more and more entertaining. And the action sequences are one of the biggest highlights of this gem. There's an impressive blend of martial arts with gunfights, and the best example is the final fight sequence that has been choreographed so well that it left me breathless. Visual effects and camerawork too are top-notch.

In short, if you like sci-fi action movies that also offer a good amount of thought-provoking ideas, this one's definitely for you.
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Action (III) (2019)
10/10
Cool Action. Apt Title.
3 March 2020
Action hero Vishal has constantly delivered some of the finest films in this genre. As the title itself says, this is an out-and-out action film. It takes place across multiple foreign locations, and many a times I felt I was watching a Hollywood action film. By no means is this film short on action, and technically too it's pretty rich.

This film might feel like a typical revenge story due to the narration in the first half, but as it proceeds, it morphs into something else. The writing excels in the second half with engaging tension factor, and the characters start feeling more and more impressive. A couple of songs are indeed memorable. Cinematography is splendid, and the action of course is outstanding.

Action is not a film without flaws. The only flaws, in my opinion, were the poor CGI and length. The film is entertaining for sure, but it could've been easily shortened. There are songs that don't serve any major purpose to the story and could've been edited out. But given that it's a film meant to appeal more visually, it's the visual effects that come across as disappointing at times.

Nevertheless, Action is a treat for action fans. I watched it on Prime Video with subtitles, and I'd love to go back to the action scenes again.
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10/10
He saves the day again, this time on a train!
1 March 2020
Under Siege 2 is at times better than its prequel, largely due to the train setting and usage of the "dark territory" concept that adds to the intensity already fueled by the film's breathtaking action.

Seagal is still in top form here, and without a second thought, excels in the action sequences because that comes easy to him. The film has got a bunch of solid performers and I've to give them credit even I don't remember all their names.

The film is beautifully shot both in and out of the train, and the explosive action that serves as the major highlight, works in impressive ways. Also, there's some occasional comic relief that lightens up the intense atmosphere from time to time. Cinematography is splendid, and some of the stunts look gorgeously shot.

Under Siege 2 follows more or less the same template as the prequel, albeit with a totally different plot, setting and themes. It's all about Casey Ryback (Seagal) saving the day again in his own style that combines guns. martial arts and explosives. Don't miss this one if you like action films, especially those set on trains.
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Under Siege (1992)
10/10
It's Seagal's action-packed show all the way!
1 March 2020
Under Siege is one of the most popular Steven Seagal action movies. While it might be labelled "Die Hard on a battleship", it's not a copy of Die Hard. Plus, the writing is also quite strong and so are the action sequences where Seagal excels. From breakneck martial arts fights to solid gunfights to cool explosions: this film has it all.

There's no slow or boring moment in the film as it moves at a fast pace. Camerawork is also impressive. Background score is at times very intriguing. Also, some humor has been added that makes the proceedings more fun at times. The whole confined space setting works as a major highlight for the film.

If you like action thrillers, especially the ones that feel like one long action sequence, you've got to see this one. I need to check out the sequel now. And yes, if you wait till the very end, there's something informative for you. I'd say don't miss it.
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Hard to Kill (1990)
10/10
Ranks among Seagal's best ones!
1 March 2020
As an action fan who was left impressed by the Under Siege movies and Steven Seagal in them, I started checking out his movie catalog and found this one to be a highly praised one. Hard to Kill is indeed a solid action film, that gives you all the raw action and intensity that is necessary in a Seagal film. He does come out as a good performer in this film too, although his excellence in the action is the real hero here.

Hard to Kill might appear like a very typical revenge film if you read the synopsis, but it's well layered and has sufficient tension to intensify the action. Surprisingly, this and Above the Law are among the few movies where Seagal actually gets brutally hit.

The film expands its simple-looking premise into a solid combination of action and tension. Another special mention should go to the film's soundtrack as it creates suspense in a number of moments. Performance wise too, this is a top notch film.

Hard to Kill is the kind of action film you would love to watch again if you're a fan of the genre and Seagal. I haven't seen any of his modern films so can't comment on them yet, but films like this one are truly pure gold of his era.
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Above the Law (1988)
10/10
80's action cinema at its best. One of the finest Steven Seagal movies!
1 March 2020
The film that introduced Steven Seagal to the world of action cinema. Directed by Andrew Davis, Above the Law is a solid action thriller full of breakneck action sequences and interesting twists. There's something unusually charming about the film that makes it one of the best Steven Seagal movies of all time.

The fact that Seagal also wrote it is also quite impressive and shows he had a good story to tell. I wish he wrote more of his films too. His performance is more grounded, and he looks superb as Nico Toscani: the upright cop and martial arts specialist. The writing is impressive as it somehow doesn't let go of the grip it has on the viewer. There's a lot happening and that doesn't simply let one move at all.

Action sequences are the real highlight of this film. There are martial arts fights, shootouts and chases: all done brilliantly. It's good to see the great old 80's action still holding up well in today's times, and without a doubt this film has some of the greatest Steven Seagal fights ever.

Above the Law is amazing, entertaining and it works in ways more than one. Get yourself a copy as it looks stunning on Blu-ray.
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The Patriot (1998)
10/10
A different Steven Seagal action film.
1 March 2020
This is a different type of action film where Steven Seagal plays a role different from his usual cop-detective image. And the film is gripping due to its fast pace, impressive writing and spot-on action sequences.

The film follows a viral outbreak, and you can pretty much tell what the rest will be about. But the writing is captivating enough to prevent one from thinking about anything that can even be seen coming. Steven Seagal's performance also is kind of surprisingly very impressive at times, and so is his dialogue delivery. As for the action, he's still great in it. Dialogues too are quite impressive and some of them are memorable.

One word for those complaining about less action: no, it's not less at all. There's plenty of action that doesn't simply stop once it starts, it's just that it's mostly in the second half. The first half serves as a buildup so that it helps to connect the action sequences. The action too differs as it involves shootings, explosions and fights but without any bones breaking. That makes it different from other Seagal action films.

The Patriot is short and sweet at around 81 minutes (excluding the end credits), and deserves appreciation. It's not bad at all, and its different theme is a welcome change. Good for action-thriller fans.
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10/10
Solid, raw 90's action!
29 February 2020
As of now, I haven't seen any new movies Steven Seagal has done, but his older ones are definitely on my watchlist. Out for Justice was indeed breathtaking for me as an action fan. Watching Gino (Seagal) mercilessly battle the bad guys and break their bones in ways more than one was exactly the thing I was looking for.

What makes this one of the best Seagal movies is also the story. Quite straightforward, but with breakneck action and crisp dialogues. Seagal's performance as an action hero too is pretty spot-on; His "Richie" sequence truly stands out. Editing works as the film moves at a brisk pace, introducing the conflict early on which is a good move from the writers.

For action movie buffs who are into R-rated 90's action, this one is pretty much worth your time and money.
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Adanga Maru (2018)
10/10
A power-packed action thriller bound to impress Jayam Ravi fans!
25 February 2020
Adanga Maru is a power-packed action thriller! Featuring one of the most intense performances by Jayam Ravi, it connects to the viewer emotionally and that's when the proceedings get more and more intriguing. Filled with action, emotion and suspense, it does follow a template used over and over in action movies but the execution is what does the job. Combining the hero's brutal action with his intelligent mind games is one of the many things this film gets right.

Anger is an expression that suits Jayam Ravi, and he proves it with this one.

Action sequences are stunning, especially those in the second half. Beautifully shot, neatly choreographed and perfectly placed, they hold your attention as you watch the destruction unfold. Kudos to the technical department as well for delivering the film in a top notch quality.

One might feel a bit of similarity with Law Abiding Citizen (2009) in which the protagonist also plays games with the corrupt system despite being captured, but the execution is still splendid. Do yourself a favor, give it a watch if you like action thriller films. You won't be disappointed, given how well this film has been made.
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10/10
An emotional action drama that can make your teary-eyed.
14 February 2020
Kalyan Ram is back with another action entertainer in 2020, and although it's a remake, the film is very impressively executed and is highly entertaining. Entha Manchivaadavuraa is one of the best movies of the year for me already, and it works due to delivering everything from acting to action to emotion very well.

The story is interesting and there are several feel-good moments too. The film is neatly done, and the music too is impressive. Visuals are another treat as the film captures some really exotic locales with finesse. Action sequences are outstanding and perfectly delivered. Performance wise, it's another great one from Kalyan Ram, and it's finally good to see Mehreen in a role that at least doesn't just add to the length. All actors are surprisingly impressive, and that pulled me into the film till the very end.

However, the only thing one might find dated is that it repeats the Kalyan Ram Kathi (2010) formula at times. As the title suggests, it's another solid action film starring Kalyan Ram about family, albeit with plenty of gore. Entha Manchivaadavuraa has lots of action, but it's not too gory although some violence can get intense for younger viewers. That being said, if you have seen Kalyan Ram Kathi, you already know a couple of surprises.

Nevertheless, it's a good... feel-good family entertainer for anyone who likes action dramas. This film is really touching, and the fact that it was not a commercial success is rather disappointing. Go, watch it. It's available on Hotstar with subtitles.
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Escape Plan (2013)
10/10
A solid throwback to the 80's and 90's action cinema.
10 February 2020
I am a huge fan of action-thriller films like this one. Escape Plan is a nice throwback to the 80's and 90's action films featuring two defining stars of this genre: Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Trust me, when you see them doing action, especially Arnie, it gives the feeling that old school action filmmaking is still alive. And it should always be.

Escape Plan has a very gripping and intense premise. It's replete with so much tension that there's hardly a moment to blink. It's intelligently plotted, of course action-packed, and makes good use of its confined prison setting. One hero is more brainy and the other is more brawny. That's what you expect from a film like this and thankfully it delivers. A special shout-out to the fight scene involving the two actors: possibly a dream come true for an action fan like me who used to imagine what would a fight between the two look like.

The action and suspense are the highlights, but the writing here is also worth applause. It binds the set-pieces well and its fast pacing is another plus point. Escape Plan is for anyone who's into action thriller films and wants to see two of the greatest action stars on the screen together. I want their reunion once again.
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10/10
The best female action movie I've seen, in my opinion!
8 February 2020
Birds of Prey is a highly entertaining action film that is clearly not for kids. For the first time, you get to see Harley Quinn's real bat and hammer action with blood. Margot Robbie is such a fine actress, that I believe she was born to play this role. Her performance as a witty action (anti)heroine is nothing but flawless. I really can't wait to see her in this role again, and for now, this film has left me satisfied.

Birds of Prey can be compared more with John Wick or The Equalizer instead of Superman or Batman. This is the best female action movie I've seen till date, and I'm not kidding. You get loads of action, a good amount of humor and a ton of memorable characters. I thought Mary Elizabeth Winstead was excellent as the Huntress, and clearly my second favorite after Harley Quinn in this film. Every action film about a team tends to have at least one tough and serious character and Huntress is that. Harley, however, is a mix of both tough and sweet: presented in a way that you just can't hate her. All actors and actresses were truly awesome throughout the film, including Ewan McGregor.

The action is the biggest highlight of this film, and is possibly the best action in a DC movie till date. It uses slow-motion and camera angles brilliantly, and its raw nature is the real icing on the cake. If you like action movies based on comic book characters and are an adult, check it out with a tub of popcorn. There's something really charming about the film's visuals, and it actually feels like a comic book has come alive.

Birds of Prey, in simple words, is an exhilarating action film that is a must watch for anyone who's into action movies and DC comics. Just make sure kids don't see it, because it really has mature content that isn't meant for them.
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Haunted - 3D (2011)
10/10
A solid 3D experience. I wish I could go back to 2011.
4 February 2020
It was long since I watched a horror film, and once I found the 3D version of this film, I decided to put on my 3D glasses, sit back and enjoy a creepy ride for 2 and a half hours. It was really worth it. Lot more of a supernatural action horror just a normal horror film. It has some surprisingly brilliant visual effects too, something that is impressive for a 2011 film.

Haunted 3D feels like a typical horror/mystery in the first act as it proceeds to unfold the story. The unfolding itself is very captivating and there are some genuinely scary moments. I was startled a number of times, and I liked that effect. The first half is high on the horror quotient, while the second half is higher on action. Action sequences are pretty good, especially that prolonged one towards the final act.

Have to admit that Mahaakshay was brilliant at times, and made his character believable with his grounded performance. Tia Bajpai, Achint Kaur, Arif Zakaria and Sanjay Sharma are all terrific. Music is brilliant but mostly when you listen to it separately. Cinematography and sound effects are also splendid.

For fans of action-horror films, this film will be an entertaining watch. But make sure to watch it in 3D. It really feels electrifying.
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Parasite (2019)
10/10
Unexpectedly shocking, unforgettable and of course, highly entertaining.
1 February 2020
Song Kang-ho is one of my favorite South Korean actors and I've seen many of his films. However, I hadn't seen a Korean film since a long time, and once I heard all the good things about Parasite and the amount of acclaim it has earned, I couldn't stop myself from watching it. And whoever said it slowly transforms into something unexpected, wasn't kidding at all! Parasite started as a drama with shades of dark humor, before morphing into an edge of the seat thriller that keeps you captivated and shocks you to the extent that you can't even move. It's that spellbinding.

The film can't be easily put into one genre, and that's true. Still, whether you like black comedies/dramas/thrillers or not, you must see this film at least once. It's just that you need to prepare yourself to be shocked because once the surprises start coming, you can't forget any of that for a long time. Parasite runs a little more than 2 hours but is so captivating that it might feel like the shortest 2 hours of all time.

Words won't be sufficient to further describe this film's actual brilliance. I'm still spellbound. What started like a fun movie became something so surprising that it was hard to forget after it ended. It took away the very feel of watching a film. Whatever I saw just felt real, absolutely real. No doubt, Parasite is one of the most original films you'll see in the recent memory, and surprisingly has elements of almost every genre covered in its entire duration. Let's hope it wins big at the Oscars too!
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1917 (2019)
10/10
Do yourself a favor. See it in cinemas now.
30 January 2020
The first thing that made interested in 1917 was the one-shot cinematography. It got me interested in seeing how exactly can such a film be made. As I watched it yesterday in cinemas, I thought it was a riveting experience. 1917 is an outstanding war/action drama film that pulls you into its tension-filled, action-packed and emotionally captivating atmosphere. It succeeds more on the technical front, to be honest, but it also succeeds in terms of story, performances and overall execution.

1917 is more of an action-adventure film set during the World War I. There's plenty of action, and it's accompanied by some really quiet moments that elevate the tension when the action suddenly explodes. Physical stunts, gunfights, explosions and chases: it has got it all, and in a perfectly balanced manner. It also doesn't get loud due to minimal usage of background music: another reason why the film starts feeling more intimate with the viewer. The score, wherever present, is indeed electrifying, especially during the final action scene.

George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman are what completes this film. Unlike many war movies where entire armies are the focus of the tale, this one has only got two young men, and that works for it big time. Kudos to Sam Mendes for delivering a spellbinding race-against-time action drama that succeeds in conveying the horrors of war and often, a strong tale of a realistic friendship.

1917 needs to be experienced in the highest quality available, and the best way to do so is by watching it at cinemas. It's a film that definitely deserves to win big at the Oscars: something that seems fairly possible given how great this film is. And just one thought: looking at the poster which has 19 and 17 written in separate lines, does it tell something about the two protagonists? Like one is aged 19 and the other is 17? Well, who knows better than the makers themselves?
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