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Film Wrap: ‘Logan’, ‘Patriots Day’ highlights of a dull movie week

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New Delhi: It’s not the most exciting week at the movies.

Action film Commando 2: The Black Money Trail, directed by Deven Bhojani and starring Vidyut Jammwal and Adah Sharma, is weighed down by forgettable characters and a hammy script, says Gulf News. While it’s delightful to see Jammwal ferociously use his body strength to demolish enemies, it’s the cheesy dialogues that weigh this film down. For every neat stunt—like his body sliding through a narrow window—a door filled with clichéd punch lines is popped open. Read more

Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, directed by Keshhav Panneriy and starring Arbaaz Khan, Ashutosh Rana and Manjari Fadnis, is a long lecture on women empowerment delivered in the most shoddy manner possible, says There are no timelines, no efforts made to make sense, most conversations are forced and nothing about them is natural. Read more

For Hollywood fans, American superhero film Logan, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold, comes to India this week. The third Wolverine film brings the saga to a satisfying finish, says Variety magazine, though it doesn’t try to be a shoot-the-works, how-crazy-are-his-powers grand finale. Read more

Logan largely unfolds as a standalone, character-driven story, says Screen Rant, one containing references to the greater X-Men film universe that enhances the viewing experience for long-time fans, but avoids alienating newcomers or those less well-versed in the X-Men mythology. The X-Men movie franchise connections aside, Logan is a grisly and sombre character drama that sends off Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine on a high note. Read more

American drama-thriller Patriots Day, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan, is an unflinching, briskly paced film that pieces together the fast-moving investigation of the Boston marathon bombing in a wholly satisfying manner, says The Guardian. There is, however, a slight laziness in the screenplay that requires every key character to be made sympathetic by giving them a potential love interest. It’s a cheap device that undermines the quality of the rest of the film. Read more

Shot and edited in a docudrama style that’s a little less frenetic than is conventional, Patriots Day is, at its best, a vivid re-creation of the measures and resources needed to conduct investigations of such catastrophic crimes, says The New York Times. But it works well on a dramatic level and has a longer-than-usual coda featuring interviews with the real figures fictionalized in the movie, which is commendable. Read more

In the south, Tamil action thriller Kuttram 23, directed by Arivazhagan and starring Arun Vijay and Mahima Nambiar, is an intelligent crime thriller supported by good performances and detailed writing, but could have done with a stronger climax, says The film’s romantic or comic portions don’t overshadow the core theme and the writing keeps the audience glued to the screen. Read more

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Tamil romantic thriller Mupparimanam, Telugu romantic actioner Gunturodu, Telugu romantic comedy Kittu Unnadu Jagratha, Telugu film Dwaraka, Kannada movie ¼ Kg Preethi, Kannada romantic comedy Eradane Sala, Kannada comedy Jilebi, Malayalam films Angamaly Diaries and Oru Mexican Aparatha, and Gujarati movie O Tari.

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