Venom (2018)

Venom is a marvel super hero with an interesting back story, possessing even more endearing and witty sides to his otherwise terrifying persona.

Tom Hardy is perfect for the title role, playing the transformation and discovery of his dilemma super cool, supported ably by Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The action has a nice backdrop in San Francisco, with many noteworthy sequences.

The best takeaway is the banter between Venom and Tom Hardy, who keep it real.

3/5

Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

A shot of intelligent adrenaline best defines the experience of this film. While you process the stunning action you also digest the various commentaries made on governments, the current state of the planet, resources and of course humanity.

Imagine action which is constantly moving, throughout the film. How difficult it is to capture and even more complex to weave a story into it. But every movement here, however quick or short is relevant and comes with a back story. That’s what makes the action real and valid. Spanning two days, we traverse the far and wide across desolate landscapes.

Director George Miller who is 71 years old was also at the helm of the first Mad Max in 1979. His vision is par excellence and his execution left us breathless, on the edge of our seats. Tom Hardy plays Max, a stark difference yet very similar to his act of survival in ‘The Revenant’. This time he was on the right team. But it’s Charlize Theron who steals the show with her will to escape and negotiate terms, her grit and strength of character standing tall and firm. Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the villain in 1979, was menacing again as the Lord of the citadel.

The film is a mad ride, an ode to the American Western, on wheels. It’s lyrical and stylised without the pageantry, dazzling you with real action and leaving you to introspect a carefully wrapped message.

3.5/5

The Revenant (2015)

Leonardo DiCaprio is proof why fine actors shouldn’t be given Oscars. Not that an Oscar is the pinnacle of achievement, but maybe the fact that he hasn’t won made him push every boundary in so many of his previous films, this being the jewel in the crown. His grit and agony ooze from every pore of his being as Hugh Glass.

Director Alejandro Innaritu chose a set of impossible circumstances to tell a story so difficult that it created awe and shock in equal measure. The terrain though sub-zero, was oddly hopeful, with life fighting to survive and the force fuelling it a mixture of grief, revenge and humanity.

While Tom Hardy makes the perfect antagonist as John Fitzgerald, his performance is remarkable to say the least. All cast have the appropriate accent and the director recreates 1823 with unobtrusive camera work. He shot everything in highly abrasive conditions. Almost everything you see is real and believable. We are captured by Nature this time round, the rest I leave for you to see and experience. Subtitles and translations make it easier to comprehend and digest the proceedings.

A grisly tale of survival, which leaves you tense, horrified, fulfilled and astounded. Having won all major awards, this might just break the jinx that surrounds Leonardo. Do us a favour though… Continue doing projects which are synonymous with you.

4/5