Arrival (2016)

Director Denis Villeneuve presents a truly sublime experience in communication, oneness, language and outside intervention.

The beauty of the film is how they steer clear of the predictable ‘alien’ word. What starts off as the arrival of extraterrestrials in towering space crafts, quickly turns in to a quest to decode and understand why they are here. How they do it forms the crux of the movie.

Amy Adams has acted with so much dignity and grace, never wavering in her ‘holistic’ approach to our guests. Jeremy Renner ably supports her, and the pieces of the story quietly fall into place. It’s wonderful how a concept in the film is explained by the very way the story is told.

A sci-fi film with so much soul.

3.5/5

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Mission : Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

After the Ghost Protocol debacle, the team has stuck to the safe formula from its predecessors, entertaining with good action and decent stunts. It however, does not have any overtly tense moments or cliffhangers as is customary for such films.

Tom Cruise has aged well, carrying the franchise on his shoulders with the help of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg who provides the laughs and Sean Harris who provides the creeps. Rebecca Ferguson displays the rare combination of being a fatal feminine, with endearing looks and lethal moves.

The film explores several cities and has some very well crafted scenes, showing us different challenges and landscapes. Director Christopher McQuarrie has resuscitated a franchise and left room for a part six as well.

3/5

American Hustle (2013)

When so much awards buzz surrounds a film expectations tend to run high. The reason why this film, its actors and team are winning is evident when you watch it.

The strength of this film is that it was NOT trying so hard to convince you of anything, paint a picture about the era or force you to feel for the characters. The characters are so brilliantly written, and acted, that you don’t know which lines to take home. Usually, you take home a few, but here there are quite a few.

The pace of the film and its many agendas quickly blur into the journeys of the characters and the mission they are up against, where the audience knows full well that some cards have yet not been revealed.

Director David O. Russell has put together such an explosive cast and rightly so, as the eccentricities of their characters demand so much. Christian Bale has changed his entire physical being for Irving Rosenfeld, whereas Amy Adams charms and cons as Sydney Prosser. Jennifer Lawrence shows yet again why she won the Oscar last year and why she may win again this year too. Her instability and the way she copes with her mental space is displayed for all to see as Rosalyn Rosenfeld. Bradley Cooper plays the obsessed FBI agent Richie DiMaso, who is blinded by a self proclaimed mission.

This film, unlike its characters, wont hustle you! Get your guard down and watch it!

3.5/5