Unthinkable – Movie Review
Just did Unthinkable. Unthinkable really sets you thinking. The movie was made in 2010 with a star cast of Samuel L Jackson, Carrie Anne Moss and Michael Sheen as a very convincing villain.
Perhaps the story would have seemed a bit far fetched in 2010 but passing years have shown the turning of the screw by religious terrorists.
The first Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima led to a wave of fear which caused people to build atomic bomb shelters. These still exist but the fear dissipated.
Watching this movie my fear has returned I would definitely seek having shelters near my place of residence. The Swiss I hear have shelters for such nuclear fallout emergencies.
The movie is definitely watchable although it was panned for being too brutal and highly corny.
The crux of the movie is whether human rights of a terrorist who threatens a nation can be revoked by Presidential order imposing martial law.
Samuel L Jackson as the brutal interrogator and Carrie Anne Moss as Agent Brody who respects the law governing such matters are believable but the entire performance lacks the conviction that would floor us. I feel Michael Sheen did a respectable job as the white American turned religious terrorist.
I consider Samuel L Jackson as the John Wayne of African Americans. A John Wayne gone bad.
Nuclear bombs placed in three cities of the US seem more probable now. It can happen in any part of the world. There are many Do-it-yourself villains lurking in our cities as witnessed in Paris.
The story has a scary conclusion but it does set the mind thinking.
I think it is time for us to take a serious look at moving to another planet as envisaged by Jor L father of Kal L (Superman).
KUDOS TO AAMIR KHAN= TOM HANKS OF BOLLYWOOD
I enter cinema halls to watch Hindi movies with a lot of trepidation. Am I in for 150 minutes or more of boredom? Will I be inundated with screeching and wailing songs and corny dialogue?
PK the movie swallowed me and took me on an enjoyable amusement park ride. It is an alien’s search for God on Earth. The alien does not meet God anywhere; neither in temples, churches or Gurudwaras.
Aamir Khan whom I consider the Tom Hanks of Bollywood or Indian Cinema takes the role by the scruff of the neck and carries it with élan to the end of the movie. Both these stars excel in their excellent protean abilities of merging into their character seamlessly.
Four stars to the movie; one star less because of some over-colorful and irrelevant digressions from the main theme.
Hindi movies ride to glory on the back of popular songs. This movie has at least 2 such super-hit songs. Oh, to be a lyricist of Hindi movie songs. They are sung on the streets of urban and rural India.
Story—Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.
Music for songs—Shantanu Moitra; Ajay-Atul; Ankit Tiwari
Background music – Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga.
Lyrics—Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Varma and Manoh Muntashir
The heroine is played amiably, amicably and admirably by Anushka Sharma. The story is also narrated by her.
Sanjay Dutt as usual is superb in his cameo role.
The theme of the movie reminds me of the Bible quote:-
“Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool; what house will ye build me?—Acts 7:49 KJV
‘Happy Ending’ is a fun movie. Saif as the Casanova who never falls in love does a great job. I loved his caricature of his muse/conscience that appears as a duplicate of (I feel) music director Pritam. I found Saif as the doppelganger superb. I don’t laugh easily but every time Yogi appeared it was as if someone was tickling my underarms.
Sex and live-in relationships are a new bone discovered by movie makers in India. Many movies have smelled, bit and chewed this bone with some good results. This movie explores one aspect of this huge subject in a very pleasant manner. This live-in thing could not have been thought of a decade ago. It is burgeoning now strangely to say because of the Information Technology and Communications success in cyber cities like Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Also it was always there hidden in the metropolitan cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. It is a side effect of being open to western influences. In India it has led to a pleasant churning of western mores and then representing them after a twirl in a softy ice cream form. That’s what India does over time; it converts its historical invaders, rapists and imperialists and turns them into Indus clones, apparatchiks and fans.
Everyone has acted superbly in this romedy (romantic comedy) genre. Kalki Koechlin is as usual her superb self. The Telugu superstar Ileana D’Cruz plays her part well as a successful writer. Saif too is a writer in the movie. Ranvir Shorey has filled out to a large size(as they say) and plays the drunkard husband amiably. Pretty Zeinta is refreshing in her new avatar.
The surprising thing about the movie is that it is shot entirely in Los Angeles and other American locales. This is a first for me. I have seen other movies with the scenes jumping in songs from Japan, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, London etc. etc. but an entire movie in an American city I feel is a first.
The hall was empty, it was a Monday. The caramel popcorns and strong coffee were ideal. Perhaps that is what gave me the feeling of having come out fresh out of a spa session.
Loved the movie. Oh yes, a special mention for Govinda. He is three good.