Much as I went into The Fellowship of the Ring caring more about Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen than I ever could about JRR Tolkien, my interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine stems from the involvement of Gavin Hood and Hugh Jackman, and not from the legacy of X-Men comic books. ”

what_did_you_think_of_the_film-440x293Having said that, I rather liked Singer’s X-Men, loved X2 and probably thought more of The Last Stand than most people, so I do have a context in which I have invested in Wolverine-slash-Logan before. Have Gavin Hood and his collaborators fashioned a film that can make me invest again, or dare I hope it, even make me invest more? The opening scene kept me guessing as to how successful the film would ultimately be. It serves as a super-quick introduction to Logan’s rage and guilt, which are given as some kind of inner drive for him and visualised in the form of a howling motif we will see again and again. In the sequence, we see James Logan as a young child in the 19th Century, sharing a bedroom with his brother, later to become Vincent Creed and be played by Liev Schreiber (the separate surnames issue is not entirely clear, but I’m sure you will make an educated guess as to how it might be resolved). A man who appears to be their father rouses the children before another man arrives and violence erupts.

The events of this brief, fairly well presented and mostly exciting sequence are designed to provide some depth and motivation to the characters, and particularly in respect of the two brothers’ relationship, but it could honestly have benefited from running longer, opening out more and allowing a more meaningful relationship to form between the children and the adults. Nonetheless, what the scene does achieve would be greatly missed had the scene been skipped. On the subject of the cast, I think it is worth noting that Schreiber and Danny Huston offer more in terms of a general cool factor and credibility than on a scene by scene basis with their performances – the film isn’t really structured in such a way that they have to do any heavy lifting with their characters. Subsequent to this comes another sequence that strives very sincerely to establish the complexities of the film’s central sibling rivalry. Set into the titles, and stylized to play half like a flowing motion picture, half like a set of title cards, this sequence is a montage of wars, with the chronological presentation of Logan and Creed fighting, growing, changing and interrelating through a string of historic conflicts. There is likely to be some comparison made between this sequence and the opening titles of Watchmen. Both skip through time, both provide tone, context and some establishing character information and both are pretty successful – though this is likely to receive less enduring love from fans, devoid as it is of pop music, pop iconography or popping stylization. Indeed, by this point, the film seems to be building quickly towards and ever elaborate drama between the two brothers. It’s an arc that continues to sweep through most of the film, only occasionally getting knotted or falling off desperately. It wouldn’t be hard to have issues with how the brothers’ relationship changes through the last act – but, as you’ll see, it isn’t hard to have any number of issues with the last act in any way. A better structure would have allowed the first half of the film to expand and become more elaborate until it took up at least 85% of the narrative. This is where the most interesting stuff lies, and the stuff that could stand to be fleshed out considerably. The further past the halfway mark we go, while there are still many things to enjoy and appreciate, the higher the stack of problems rises.

Ayngaran International’s forthcoming ‘Sarvam’ directed by Vishnuvardhan is a stylish romantic – thriller flick starring Arya and Trisha. Vishnu is coming back with his blue-eyed boy Arya after ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’ and ‘Pattiyal’. Considered as the most stylish film of the time, ‘Billa’ starring Ajith was a super hit for the director and he is keen to cope up with the abounding expectations.

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Adding to the hype is, Arya’s latest ‘Naan Kadavul’ in which he has meticulously worked for three years and came out with an astounding performance. In an interview, he said that Bala was so concerned about his next project and was happy when he came to know it is ‘Sarvam’. The on-screen chemistry between Arya and Trisha is said to have evolved beautifully.

The title ‘Sarvam’ is christened by the makers depicting the fact that in any one’s life within a fraction of a second, their whole life could change outright for good or bad. No one has the control over the consequences that happens all of a sudden.

‘Sarvam’ has some good reasons to be anticipated with the first being Vishnuardhan’s script. A Civil engineer (Arya) and a child specialist doctor (Trisha) falls in love and all goes well until they run into a gang leader who’s chasing a father and son for unknown reasons. Jam packed with action and thrilling elements, Vishnu has co-written the screenplay with his associate Gokul.

An interesting factor is popular Malayalam actor Indrajith (as the father) and Telugu director JD Chakravarthy (who acted in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Sathya’ a decade back) is in the cast for giving a fresh look to the movie. Rohan, a young boy is debuting in the role of the son. Cinematography in action- thriller flicks carries a lot of weightage and the responsibility is shouldered by ace cinematographer Neerva Shah (Dhoom, Pokkiri, Billa) while editing is handled by Srigar Prasath.

Musical score composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja is peppy and lively. The audio recently launched is going good in the charts. Billa’s rocking background score gave a rich feel for the movie and Yuvan is said to have recreated the magic once again. Out of the five songs, one of it has been shot completely featuring CGI effects which will enthrall the audience. In present times, stunts are being choreographed so realistic and the same way is undertaken for this film. Art direction by Manu Jagath alias Manoj, who is a long-time associate of Sabu Cyril is one of the major assets. First half of the film has been shot in Chennai while the entire second half has been done in Munnar.

Vishnuvardhan always delves into disparate themes with films like ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’, ‘Pattiyal’ and ‘Billa’ to his credit. ‘Sarvam’ made by a dedicated and talented cast & crew is a flick to watch out for which will hit the screens this month.

Vishal starrer ‘Pista’, directed by Ayyappan, will be released on May 14. Shriya Saran plays the female lead in this action extravaganza.

The film will be simultaneously released in Telugu and Tamil (‘Thoranai’). After the B.O. debacle of ‘Salute’ (‘Satyam’ in Tamil), Vishal has been very careful about his moves and has spared no effort to make the film a wholesome entertainer, says our source. This film is also a home production of the hero; his brother Vikram Krishna is the producer. Manisharma scores the music.

The cast of the film includes Prakash Raj, Ali, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Telangana Sakuntala, Annapurna, Geeta, Surya and others. Priyan is the cinematographer.

The next fim of Ajit after a long period is “ASAL” .In this film Ajit will play a double role again in ‘Asal’–one a ruthless don and the other, a sincere police officer out to catch him red-handed, say rumour mills. The suspense of the film centres on who the ‘asal’ (real) cop is, they say.
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The pooja of the film, being produced by Sivaji Productions, was held last week. As with any Ajit movie, rumours about the storyline and his character are spreading like wildfire in Kollywood.
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Ajit, after the flop of his much hyped ‘Aegan’, has been very careful about evry stap he takes. ‘Asal’ is being directed by Saran, who directed him in another double role for ‘Attagasam’.
Ajit’s big mustachioed get up for the film has already become a talking point for his fans. Sameera Reddy plays one of the heroines and a hunt is on for the other. Bharadwaj scores the music for the film.
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The tagline of “Fast & Furious” promises “New Model. Original Parts.” Well, yes and no. “Parts” is a remarkably apt way to describe the people of the movie, a crew of affectless hard bodies reunited from the 2001 B-movie sensation The Fast And The Furious.

by Vin Diesel, an inexpressive chunk of man whose actorly range is largely restricted to the occasional furrowing of a brow, the cast is slotted into a narrative involving revenge against a Mexican drug cartel, outlandish vehicular mayhem, flaunting of custom bodywork (both automotive and anatomical) and settings that encourage people to wear tank tops. As for the newness of the model, the script (by Chris Morgan) is primitive at best, while the direction (by Justin Lin) is more or less functional. Less, in fact, would have been more: “Fast & Furious” could stand to lose 20 minutes to suit its truncated title. This inoffensive if uninspired example of presummer pop diversion will be best appreciated by future audiences flabbergasted by its unabashed revelry in fossil-fuel consumption.

“Fast & Furious” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned) for outrageous moving violations and tough-guy talk. FAST & FURIOUS Directed by Justin Linn; written by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson; director of photography, Amir Mokri; edited by Christian Wagner and Fred Raskin; music by Brian Tyler; production designer,Ida Random; produced by Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Vin Diesel; released by Universal Pictures. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Chandani Chowk to China, said to be semi- autobiographical film portraying actor Akshay Kumar’s real life, is the first Indian movie which is shot in China and is being produced by Warner Brothers. The film was earlier known as Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo and also Made in China but it was later titled Chandani Chowk To China. For the 1st time Akshay Kumar (Siddhu) and Deepika Padukone (Mira/Malani) will come together in this action packed comedy about a simple cook from Chandni Chowk mistaken for the reincarnation of an ancient peasant warrior Liu Sheng by residents of an oppressed Chinese village.

Eight by Ten is a thriller film starring Akshay Kumar and Ayesha Takia in the lead roles and is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, and produced by Percept Picture Company. The film features Vinod Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Javed Jaffrey and Anant Mahadevan in supporting roles. As of March 2008, the cast and crew is shooting in Calgary, Canada. It was previously called Tasveer, but changed due to the director’s insistance that the title was jinxed.

Blue is an action film, being filmed in the Bahamas, starring Sunjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Lara Dutta and Zayed Khan. It is directed by Anthony D’ Souza. While shooting for the film Akshay hit his head against the shipwreck and started bleeding. What’s more a lot of sharks reached there after getting the smell of his blood. Seeing this, the entire crew and cast members dived into the sea and surrounded him. He came out safe and was immediately rushed to hospital for first aid. Now that’s a dangerous event at a film’s shooting!

Else, there is nothing more to look out for other than chases, fisticuffs and some romance. ‘Ayan’ has a highly predictable start, middle and climax as far as the storyline, screenplay and dialogues are concerned. Ayan is average film. It could have been much better if director had put some serious effort in creating a heartwarming story, than concentrating too much on how criminals carry out drug trafficking.

The problem is, Ayan won’t touch your heart. Everything else is good. The story itself is not so catchy. It loses pace when songs arrive. The songs incorporated make the film drag from the main story. Even though there were fans for the music done by Harris Jayaraj, the visualization and narration of film was not good enough.

The script is not tight. In Ayan Surya is an international smuggler working under Prabhu. The good thing is that it wasn’t soo cinematic. In the second part he works for the law. The scene in which Surya is introduced starts with a poor surprise. The male protagonist Deva (Surya) works as a courier for a north Chennai-based smuggler Das (Prabhu). A friend’s sister played by Tamanna is the hero’s love-interest and she brings relief from the violence through her song and dance sequences.