Love and other drugs (2010)

Anne Hathaway plays a free spirit in this erotic romantic comedy drama film, which explores themes of drugs, targets, ambition, success and the one thing that no one prepares for: love.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a driven sales rep. who falls for Anne and they test their relationship through lust and love.

A raunchy watch.

2/5

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Life (2017)

Director Daniel Espinosa packs a thrilling movie into a lesson devoid of science and logic on board a space station. We get a customary opening scene to set up jargon used in missions, which quickly escalate go ‘what the hell is going on here?!’

We thought the same thing! What is going on? The crew and their standard protocol are completely at ends. From a lazy writing point of view, we could argue how would the film continue if it were not for the lapses? But we expect better and tighter writing, with a logical progression.

It gets points for the thrills and the cast, all of whom have atleast one terrifying moment, if not more. Other than that we have a film which systematically breaks its own rules.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson do an average job, supported by the rest. It’s the cast that will pull it through, not the content.

2/5

Prisoners (2013)

The words ‘captive audience’ were quite appropriate for how I felt during this film. As the first scene began, I felt a sense of impending doom looming over me. The weather, the colour palette, all carefully chosen to weave a helpless mood for a bizarre and complicated case.

Sometimes we played detective, other times we were victims. Never did we feel like a bystander and for a film to achieve that for the entire 151 minute duration is commendable.

The events get more convoluted and we feel trapped, held against our will, wanting desperately to know what’s the motive and if it will end.This very essence makes it an experience, only if you engage yourself from the very beginning. Otherwise you might just get lost in the maze.

Jake is restrained with a visible ‘character tick’, whereas Hugh plays the emotionally wounded father with extreme pain and aggression. Director Denis Villeneuve requires you to bring your IQ with you, you need all the gray matter you have.

4/5