Director Bong Joon-ho rips off the societal mask behind a bloody symbiotic relationship that’s thrived for ages. But even as he makes you laugh and cower, parasites on both sides are in for tough times ahead.
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Writer-director Jordan Peele uses smoke, mirrors, and blood to keep us unnerved. But it’s what he shows us in the mirror that’s most horrifying.
Directors Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan keep season 2 predictable in its violence , but darkly unpredictable in its rumination. But ‘Sacred Games 2’ is more about the inevitable decline of humankind and ties it to a ticking bomb that’s a totem for religious manipulation, madness, and the insanity of it all.
Director Nikhil Advani’s latest outing is a nifty thriller in parts, a tepid template in others. He smartly keeps the acting bandwidth requirement for his lead within manageable spectrum, making John Abraham’s intense and stoic act a highlight. But it’s the trauma that real-life cops, soldiers, and women and men whose daily routine involves staring down a barrel, must face, that truly stuns you.
Taking seemingly stray incidents across different people’s lives, director Thiagarajan Kumararajan creates an intimate microcosm of the universe, nay, of our galaxy. With a terrific ensemble cast, ‘Super Deluxe’ is a heartfelt and intimate rumination on life, politics, relationships, sex, lust, and life, in a never-ending circle that connects all of its characters and their struggles in the most unexpected ways.
Director Aashiq Abu contact traces his way into your senses with the slow-rising tension of a virus creating a domino of devastation. And yet, amidst the thrills and (the literal) chills that he creates, ‘Virus’ also installs a picture of hope and courage that’s painted by everyday women and men.
Director Hemanth Rao sets out to promisingly doff his hat to Alfred Hitchcock in this murder mystery from the past. And then he entangles himself in multiple plot-lines that obfuscate his intent and your attention. But the biggest villain of his piece isn’t a cigar-smoking goon. It’s something all of us face every day.
Using a slowly unravelling procedural thriller’s knife’s edge to peel away the layers of caste and gender-based discrimination, director Anubhav Sinha creates a must-watch enterprise.
Tracing down the real-life story of tracking down a deadly terrorist ought to have been a blood-pounding-through-the-veins affair. Director Raj Kumar Gupta, however, chooses to map this incredible story with an incredibly sanitized and staid approach, picking up pace only in the penultimate act.