Film wrap: Watch out for ‘Akira’, ‘Island City’

Besides Sonakshi Sinha’s action drama ‘Akira’, there’s Jackie Chan-starrer ‘Skiptrace’’and horror film Don’t Breathefor Hollywood fans


Sonakshi Sinha in a still of action drama ‘Akira’.
Sonakshi Sinha in a still of action drama ‘Akira’.

New Delhi: Sonakshi Sinha’s action drama Akira, directed by A.R. Murugadoss, is a good example of actors doing their job, instead of letting stars and their familiar routines dominate, says Gulf News. Despite a few hitches and ridiculous twists, the film makes for an engaging watch. Sinha and Anurag Kashyap, who also plays a pivotal role, keep the film’s momentum going with their arresting screen presence. Read More

The Reporter Times adds that the story is predictable and not even a notch higher than the original Tamil film. Sinha stands out but one would expect far better from Murugadoss. Read More

Sonakshi Sinha in a still of ‘Akira’
Sonakshi Sinha in a still of ‘Akira’

Director Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Ashwin Mushran and Vinay Pathak, focuses on how impersonal and transactional life in a big city can be, says The Indian Express. Oberoi renews it with a couple of good ideas, but doesn’t manage to give us an underneath layer: you are left wanting more, more depth, something that goes beyond the obvious. Read More

Vinay Pathak in a still from director Ruchika Oberoi’s ‘Island City’.
Vinay Pathak in a still from director Ruchika Oberoi’s ‘Island City’.

For Hollywood fans, Jackie Chan-starrer Skiptrace, directed by Renny Harlin, comes to India this week. Variety magazine calls it a silly but genial adventure. Glossy, colourful and forgettable, this is the kind of movie that gives you your money’s worth in sheer eager-to-please entertainment even as you roll your eyes at the nth gag. Read More

A.V. Club is less impressed, saying the storyline is a compendium of generic clichés, none of which get much of a workout. Overproduced and underwritten, with editing that feels more like it’s filling gaps in the story than playing skillfully with space and time, Skiptrace is a movie made to serve a number of competing interests and markets, and in trying to offer the proverbial something for everybody, it ends up possessing very limited appeal. Read More

American horror film Don’t Breathe, directed by Fede Alvarez and starring Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang, is a clever, gross master class in tension, says The Guardian. Alvarez’s simple house-bound horror film is sparse on dialogue but its editing and sound design lend to a slow roll of dread that makes it a triumph. Read More

Variety magazine adds the film is a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril that should please genre fans. The script does a solid job with the difficult task of maintaining constant tension in a physically and conceptually contained situation, levying unpleasant new challenges on the characters one after another without ever growing too hectic or overblown. Read More

In the south, Telugu action film Janatha Garage, directed by Koratala Siva and starring Mohanlal, N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen, is a character-driven film high on emotion, says 123telugu.com. The writing is thin in places but the last 15 minutes should impress masses. Mohanlal remains the backbone of the plot. Read More

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include director Shailendra Singh’s Sunshine Music Tours and Travels, Jimmy Shergill and Arbaaz Khan-starrer Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa, Tamil action film Kidaari, Tamil crime thriller Kutrame Thandanai, Kannada film Neer Dose and Punjabi drama Darra.

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