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Trapped (2017)

Trapped Review

written by Souranath Banerjee

Up above the sky so high, invisible to the world, you cry, whisper and sigh!   

My Ratings: 4.1/5

When was the last time you were in a spot where there was no food and water – like literally – ultimate survival crisis – and you have to hunt animals for food and go ‘Morarji-Desai’ for your drink?

I know what you will say – that such extreme situations are only for the celluloid; like the shipwrecked Tom Hanks in Cast Away, marooned in an island with no company other than the mute round-faced Wilson; then there was this young James Franco who accidentally put his leg in-between some boulders and sat stuck Trapped-Poster-5alone for 127 Hours. I think WALL·E also did a decent job, forlorned up in the space – but then, he didn’t get much hungry or thirsty, if you know what I mean!

Now what if someone gets ‘trapped’ in an apartment, an ordinary flat in a multystored and otherwise uninhabited building, right in the middle of the concrete urban jungle (say around Mumbai’s Prabhadevi area); cooped up for days, without food, water, phone or electricity, entirely cut off from the outer world – with a birds-eye view of the entire city but still invisible to everyone!

This is exactly what happened to Shaurya (Rajkummar Rao), when he by a twist of fate gets locked inside an apartment in a high-rise, without any hope of ever getting rescued!

Trapped-Poster-1And the most scary part in the film comes from the sensation that it can actually happen to any of us so called ‘city-people’ out here!

Salute to the writers Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta for such a brilliant idea and script. And then what a marvellous ‘jugalbandhi’ from director Vikramaditya Motwane and performer Rajkummar Rao!

National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao was outstanding in the film. The combination of Rao’s boy-next-door looks and his brilliant portrayal of someone desperate for survival is what makes the film so real.

And for director Mr.Motwane, with only one character to tell his story, that too pinned in one location, he still managed to successfully Trapped-Poster-3grasp the attention of the audience till the very end!

Another very interesting human psychology portrayed in the film is that, when someone is in the brink of possible extinction, it is the general human tendency to discover an unfamiliar longing for some of the most banal things in their lives.

For example in the film, Shaurya trapped for days, often hallucinating from stress and malnourishment, never desired or yearned for anything particularly unique or remarkable. Rather he wished to relive those regular day to day events; his journey to the office in those overcrowded Mumbai local trains packed with sweaty co-passengers, those crammed up buses with irritating conductors, a simple plate of pav-bhaji with a dash of butter on top – in the time of an inevitable Trapped-Poster-4catastrophe the most ordinary things from our life become so special and desirable!

Geetanjali Thapa, in the short role as the love of Shaurya’s life was commendable, though honestly I thought her character wasn’t really required in the film other than the simple incentive for Shaurya to hunt for a place.

Siddharth Diwan‘s cinematography makes the film look very real while Nitin Baid‘s editing keeps it crisp and to the point. Alokananda Dasgupta‘s music works well, very subtle and used only when required. 

I just thank God, Shaurya has musophobia (fear of rats) and not vertigo (fear of heights), or else, it would have all gone down pretty worse!

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Best Animated Films of 2015 (10+1list)

Best Animated Films of 2015.

written by Souranath Banerjee

Quality animation films are always a treat to watch; they are probably the only perfect definition of family entertainers that brings a smile to each of our faces regardless of our age.

A glance ahead confirms that 2016 promises some of the best yet-to-release animated films such as Kung Fu Panda 3, Finding Dory, The Secret Life of PetsMoanaKubo and the Two StringsThe Red TurtleZootopia and Ice Age: Collision Course.

But before we take the leap into the future, let’s appreciate our present and be thankful for the Best Animated Films of 2015!

And the list begins.

10. Shaun the Sheep Movie

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQvwiOWpj7o

shaun-the-sheep-movie-posterFrom Aardman Animations, the animation studio that earlier gave us the adventures of Wallace & GromitChicken Run and also Shaun the Sheep (TV Series).

Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, a film that continues the legacy of Shaun (who is ‘the sheep’ of course).

Highly entertaining without having a single dialogue (only animal sounds), and it’s made over a period of six years by twenty animators each producing two-second footage per day!

9. Battle of Surabaya

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jar7zUU_Kls

Battle-of-Surabaya-posterDirected by Aryanto Yuniawan, it’s about (as the title suggests) the historic battle of Surabaya, more of a dramatic version of it punched with a romantic side line.

Shown from the view point of a patriotic young lad named Musa, and his heroic adventures during the time of war.  

Superb animation, brilliant music and a decent story line, an Indonesian animation feature with great promise.

8. The Prophet aka ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQbMxDcRGE

Prophet-poster8 segments directed by 8 different directors including Roger Allers (the director of popular films like The Lion King and Open Season).

The film as the name suggests is a take on Kahlil Gibran’s best seller book ‘the Prophet’.  Though not as inspiring as the book, but definitely it’s worth a watch.

Voiced by celebrities like Liam NeesonAlfred Molina and Salma Hayek (she is also one of the producers of the film).

7. April and the Extraordinary World

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-39w9wsaq4s

April-Extraordinary-World-posterDirected by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, this film has the most unique tale to tell.

In the 1941 France, the scientists are getting disappeared and thus the world is deprived of it’s inventions!

A young girl Avril (voiced by Marion Cotillard) is in search of her scientist parents and tries to solve the entire mystery.

6. The Peanuts Movie

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pCoVQDD-OY

peanut-movie-posterThe disastrous Charlie Brown and the ever-confident Snoopy – you simply can’t get enough of them.

A hilarious and charming story of the beloved ‘Peanuts’ gang, presented by Blue Sky Studios (the creators of Ice AgeHorton Hears a Who! and Rio).

Directed by Steve Martino, this is the first theatrical ‘Peanuts’ film after 35 years, since the death of creator Charles M. Schulz in 2000.

5. The Good Dinosaur

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daFnEiLEx70

good-dinosaur-posterDirected by Peter Sohn, this is the unique story of an Apatosaurus named Arlo who strays away from the comfort of his home and in his quest to return back he makes new friends and experience life in his own way. 

From mega studios Pixar Animation Studios and  Walt Disney Pictures, this is a film full of joy, warmth and inspiration. 

Nothing new in the story though but told with great style and conviction. A visual treat.

4. The Little Prince

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPqgSNLfK8

Little-Prince-Poster

A French production, the film is an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s The Little Prince.

A beautiful story about a little girl who is preparing herself for the grown-up world!

Directed by Mark Osborne, and voiced by famous stars like Rachel McAdamsPaul RuddJeff BridgesMarion CotillardJames FrancoBenicio Del ToroPaul Giamatti and Vincent Cassel. 

3. The Boy and the Beast

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uifJLWoWv8c

boy-and-beast-posterWritten and directed by Mamoru Hosoda, this one is a brilliant fantasy film from Japan.

 A Studio Chizu production who gave us Wolf Children in 2012, this is the story of a boy who is trained in the arts of fighting by a beast (from an imaginary world) and it’s also about the special bonding they share.

Breezy story telling, classy animation and a few moments of pure emotions.

2. Inside Out

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seMwpP0yeu4

Inside-Out-Poster1Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – the ultimate conflict of emotions inside the head of a young girl and much more.

(Click for the review)

Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, and presented by Walt Disney Pictures and  Pixar Animation Studios, this one is a must-watch for all film lovers.

For me, the film has by far the best concept for any animated film ever.

  1. Anomalisa

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT6QJaS2a-U

anomalisa-posterDirected by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman, this film is a rare gem that needs to be cherished and relished to its maximum potential.

(Click for the review)

A man bored with his life is seeking for some excitement, some incentive to go on. And then he meets a girl who seems to be the solution of his problem!

A highly sensitive yet melancholic film with the best stop motion animation till date!

and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch).

+1. Extraordinary Tales

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4IDwG_FMpM

Extraordinary-Tales-posterDirected by Raul Garcia, this is an animated anthology of 5 dark and haunted stories, all of which are adapted from the works of the brilliant writer Edgar Allan Poe.

The film has great animation and visual story telling and the stories can’t be any better (since written by Poe).

Something different from what you generally expect from an animation feature. Worth a watch.

And finally, a few entertaining films of 2015 that didn’t make the list: Minions, Hotel Transylvania 2Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the GodsHomeAdamaStrange MagicThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

Similar Interest: Best Animated Short Films (10+1list)

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Hackers and Hollywood and The Interview

Hackers and Hollywood and The Interview.

Written by Saikat Bhattacharya.

Hackers and Hollywood and The Interview – a topic that combines both the film industry and terrorism; the Global security and our creative freedom.

It’s heartbreaking to see how a creation of someone is getting demolished by terrorists masked as hackers. A multinational company like Sony surrenders to terrorism when it decides against the release of their film The Interview last week.

Starring James Franco and Seth Rogen the film The Interview is a satirical comedy where two American reporters apparently plans to assassinate the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. 

The film was due to be released on 25th December 2014 in the US theaters but due to terrorist threats the cinema halls didn’t risk screening it and finally Sony Pictures had to cancel it’s release.

It’s not a defeat of a single film or a company against cyber terrorism, but if one could see the larger picture here then it’s a defeat of the whole system of a county or even the world.

If a group can hack a company like Sony in and out then they can do the same with Government files and security articles from any country without any trouble. So what’s next?

This incident may not be the dramatic destruction of a building falling down or multiple loss of human lives but it’s certainly has all the signs of a bigger threat unfolding in the future.

So keeping all the personal agendas aside, the US Government and Hollywood should join hands and take this matter the upmost priority. There is much more  at stake than a few leaked embarrassing emails and awkward personal remarks.

They should make sure the movie gets released very soon so that terrorists who are behind this incident doesn’t get encouraged and plan for a bigger massacre in the future.

Media also has to play a key role and be decisive before broadcasting any news to the public which might create internal chaos and wrong impression in the our minds. Unity to deal with this kind of issues is very important – the US government, US media and US citizens should help out Sony to get out of this mess.

I myself being an artist, a film lover and a citizen of India feel threatened by this incident. I fear that one day my office or my bank account or my country’s secrets will get hacked in a similar way and the government will be as helpless as the US government is now as the current situation.

I hope US, being claimed as the super power should investigate and eradicate the source of this hacking and closedown such illegal activities as soon as possible.

All the other countries should also participate in this war against cyber terrorism, help out and take precautions. Make this world as safer place and restore creative freedom.

Article by George Clooney on Hollywood Cowardice: http://deadline.com/2014/12/george-clooney-sony-hollywood-cowardice-north-korea-cyberattack-petition-1201329988/

Article containing the statement from Sony Pictures: http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/sony-cancels-christmas-release-the-interview/

Most anticipated world films of 2014 (Part 2)

And here comes the Part 2 of the most anticipated world films of 2014 yet to release. The trailers are convincing enough to make us impatient but all in good time.

For Most anticipated world films of 2014 (Part 1) click the link below:http://www.cinemaforensic.com/most-anticipated-world-films-of-2014/

Here follows a list of another Ten films that promises awesome entertainment. Do enjoy the trailers for now and make sure you don’t miss any of these on the big screen.

Let the fun begin.

A walk among the Tombstones (releasing on 19th Sept)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HDQ_PEVgwI

a walk among the tombstones

A private investigator is engaged in a dangerous hunt to find a drug lord’s wife who has been kidnapped and killed.

Scott Frank‘s direction – by the look of the trailer the film looks like a perfect thriller in every sense.

And according to me in such suspense-action films Liam Neeson simply can’t go wrong. Let’s wait and watch.

Interstellar (releasing on 7th Nov)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WzHXI5HizQ

interstellar

This year Christopher Nolan comes up with a Sci-Fi thriller that looks superb (as the trailer goes till now).

With talented actors like Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain i bet the film will make enough waves all around the globe.  

A newly discovered wormhole! And a voyage in the space! An interstellar Voyage!! – Bring it on.

The hundred-foot journey (releasing on 8th Aug)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6H8pAKKkgQ

the-hundred-foot-journey

Lasse Hallström is the director who has given amazing films like ‘Chocolat‘ and ‘What’s eating Gilbert Grape‘. 

And on top of that this film has such an Indian connection.

An Indian family opens an eatery in France right across a French restaurant. Helen Mirren, Om Puri,  Rohan ChandCharlotte Le Bon – all look just perfect for the film.

Good people (releasing on 26th Sept)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC17twr50WU

good-people

A couple in the time of financial crisis discovers a bag full of money. And they decide to keep it.

Soon enough they find themselves trapped and become the target of both the police as well as some deadly thief who knows all about it.

Starring James Franco and Kate Hudson, even good people make mistakes in the time of crisis and has to pay their price.

St.Vincent (releasing on 24th Oct)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5BVn-eyAxA

st.vincent

The main attraction of this film is none other than Bill Murray.

Of course it’s a comedy and according to the trailer it looks like a good one.

It’s about a little boy’s friendship with an unlikely old man who is completely wrong as a mentor to the child. Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts are also starring in the film. 

The Equalizer (releasing on 26th Sept)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt0GkVZK8zA

the equalizer

An innocent girl as a victim, Denzel Washington, an ex commando is the savior and a lot of Russian gangsters.

What more can you possibly need for an action packed entertainer.

Antoine Fuqua‘s direction and the trailer looks damn cool.

I am sure this film will clench the thirst of all the action film lovers.

Unbroken (releasing on 25th Dec)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebHji2c_ciU

unbrokenDirected by Angelina Jolie and written by the Cohen brothers.

The film is about an Olympic runner  by the name of Louis Zamperini who was taken prisoner by the Japanese army during WW2 but he never give up his hope to come back. 

The trailer undoubtedly looks interesting and inspirational. All the best Angelina.

Jessabelle (releasing on 29th Aug)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoBCEdt_BC8

jessabelleA horror flick that looks decent enough to make you sit in the edge of your seat. 

Returning to her home a girl finds some tapes and eventually comes in contact with a spirit that was waiting especially for her.

I wish the film turns out to be at least half as good as the trailer. I like horror films but unfortunately they never seem to scare me. Sad.

Before i go to sleep (releasing on 8th Aug)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9QNAJm8E5g

before-i-go-to-sleep

Nicole KidmanColin FirthMark Strong – all look stunning in this mysterious trailer. 

A woman wakes up everyday without any memory of her past – it’s a matter of who she can trust.

The concept sounds familiar but hopefully the treatment will be different and better.

Dumb and Dumber To (releasing on 14th Nov)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMxwcRck9TI

dumb-and-dumber 2

After 20 years they are back and probably more dumb than ever (if that’s humanly possible).

Our all time favorite Jim Carrey and the hilarious Jeff Daniels team up again to make us laugh even harder at their brainless comedy.

This time they are going in an adventure trip to find one of their long lost children with the motive of gaining a kidney.

For Most anticipated world films of 2014 (Part 1) click the link below: http://www.cinemaforensic.com/most-anticipated-world-films-of-2014/

Most anticipated world films of 2014 (Part 1)

Most anticipated world films of 2014 yet to release. The trailers are convincing enough to make us impatient but all in good time.

Here follows a list of Ten films that promises awesome entertainment. Do enjoy the trailers for now and make sure you don’t miss any of these on the big screen.

Let the fun begin.

1. Sin City: A dame to kill for (releasing on 22nd Aug)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhu32sdAGbo

Sin_city a dame to kill for

Finally Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez teams up again for the second installment of a tour of the city where it’s permissible to sin.

Sexy and stylized as usual, adopted from the famous graphic novel, and guaranteed out-of-the-world action.

Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis just to name a few. A must watch.

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings (releasing on 12th Dec)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6G1vRbvgiU

Exodus-Gods-and-Kings

Christian Bale and Aaron Paul together in Ridley Scott‘s next – a historic drama.

Seems like the film is based in Egypt, the grandeur of the sets and the detailing of the period looks amazing in the trailer.

It’s the story of Mosses, how he was responsible to lead the Israelite slaves from Egypt. A film to check out for sure.

3. Fury (releasing on 14th Nov)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OGvZoIrXpg

fury

World War 2 as the backdrop, Brad Pitt in his army-crew-cut hairstyle leads his small team of men to attack Germany against incredible odds.

Focused on tanks as the weapon of choice i am sure this is going to be the best war film of the year.

Directed by David Ayer of ‘End of Watch’ fame – also starring  Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman.  

4. Birdman (releasing on 10th Oct)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-umj5cxtgBA

birdman

The name Alejandro González Iñárritu as a director should be enough to stir up curiosity for a film.

And with a star cast of Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts this film is probably the most awaited release this year.

It’s about how an actor who played the part of a superhero controls his ego in his real life.

5. Horible bosses 2 (releasing on 26th Nov)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B45XU3v9sPw

Horribel bosses 2

Remember the first time you met the most horrible bosses and what fun you had!

Well, here is an opportunity to meet them again – Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and a especial addition of Christoph Waltz.

The trailer is hilarious and hopefully the director Sean Anders has done a great job. I am sure it will be an enjoyable laugh riot.

6. Gone girl (releasing on 3rd Oct)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym3LB0lOJ0o

gone girl

After ‘The Social Network‘ and ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo‘ my favorite director David Fincher‘s next – a suspense thriller about a girl who’s gone missing.

Ben Affleck, the husband who is also a suspect tries his best to prove his innocence but no body knows what really happened.

Unless of course you watch the film – so wait till it’s released.

7. The Interview (releasing on 10th Oct)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnalZzJ-XS4

The Interview

A deadly plan to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un but unfortunately the least qualified men are chosen by the CIA for the mission.  

Who else but Seth Rogen and James Franco. The more they try to be serious the more they look funny.

The plot seems to be hilarious, I am sure this film will be a perfect political satire to look forward.

8. The Judge (releasing on 10th Oct)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBvK6ni97W8

the judge

A mystery to be unsolved, a family drama to experience and a father-son relationship to be revived.

Robert Downey JR, a big shot lawyer find his father (Robert Duvall) a judge to be suspected of murder.

The plot sounds interesting enough to become curious and with actors of such caliber it does raises our hopes.

9. Magic in the moonlight (releasing on 25th July)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG71z-AP524

magic in the moonlight

Woody Allen is back and this time it’s a romantic comedy casting  Emma StoneColin FirthMarcia Gay Harden.

A girl’s authenticity who seems to possess some special power needs to be verified by an English magician.

The trailer looks as funny and quick-witted as any Woody Allen film promises to be.

10. Guardians of the galaxy (releasing on 1st Aug)

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89q_HH-3ghk

guardians of the galaxy

Bradley Copper, John C. Reilly, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana – all are part of this entertaining space movie.

Directed by James Gunn; the trailer looks cool and funny, high in visual effects and packed with action.

They call themselves the guardians of the galaxy – now lets wait and watch if they can really keep their words and protect our planets.

For Most anticipated world films of 2014 (Part 2) click the link below: http://www.cinemaforensic.com/most-anticipated-world-films-of-2014-2/