Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Mikael Hafstrom's 'Escape Plan', starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan and Farhan Tahir,
is action-packed but predictable.
With a wafer-thin plot line and two iconic action heroes in one frame, 'Escape Plan' offers a predictably rousing fare that could act as a tutorial for
prisoners intending to break free.
The film begins in a very linear, clandestine fashion where a prisoner (Sylvester Stallone), after escaping from the tightly secured Bendwater Penitentiary
Institution, Colorado, reveals to the officials that he is Ray Breslin, a consultant and security expert who exposes the vulnerabilities of state prisons. He
further gives the jailor a step-by-step detailed account of how he managed to break free.
While the jail officials are not happy with the revelation, the CIA approaches Ray Breslin and his team with an assignment to check the loopholes in a
facility for the world's most dangerous criminals. The whereabouts of this facility are not disclosed for security reasons.
Lured with a promising fee, Breslin's manager pushes him to accept the offer saying, "I am the numbers guy and you are the artist who can escape from any
prison made by man." Breslin concedes.
The flow of events doesn't go as planned. Nevertheless, Breslin lands up in this tightly secured place and finds himself at the mercy of the prison's
sadistic warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel). After evaluating his chances of escape as practically impossible, he reveals his true identity to Hobbes. But the
warden refuses to listen, leaving him with no alternative but to try the impossible.
The first 30 minutes of the film drags, though there is ample action - both physical and verbal. The screen lights up only when Stallone hooks up with
Schwarzenegger to collaborate against Hobbes and his cronies.
Though Mikael Hafstrom's film is spiked with intelligent analytical skills, bullets, brawls and wit, the film lacks the punch. While the actors punch each
other, the entire action seems fake and anticipated in an especially drawn-out plot.
In fact, at one stage when Schwarzenegger mockingly informs Stallone, "You hit like a vegetarian", it just makes you realise how true he is.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger, both action heroes have intense harmony on screen. They complement each other with their histrionics and banter. While
Schwarzenegger is charismatic and chirpy, Stallone broods with his constantly grumpy mannerisms. What's more? The exposition of Breslin's motive is lost in
Stallone's drawl, thereby killing the entire emotional spirit of the tale.
Jim Caviezel is sleek and polished as the sharp and wicked warden. His soft-spoken intellectualism contrasts well against the beefy pair.
The film is supported by a team of brilliant actors that include, Sam Neill as Dr. Emil Kaikev, Farhan Thahir as Javeed, Vincent D'Onofrio as Lester Clark,
Breslin's Manager and Amy Ryan as Abigail, Breslin's colleague. They provide extra seriousness to the narration that the script doesn't really deserve.
The production value of the film is good. The vertical cells with glass walls and frugal layout patrolled by identically masked men gives a very futuristic
What's good about 'Escape Plan' is that it is clean and not at all contemptuous till the very end.
Watch it if you are a fan of Stallone or Schwarzenegger.
After defeating the villainous Dr. Siddhant Arya, and bringing his father Rohit back from the dead, Krrish continued fighting against evil and saving
Now Krishna is living a happily married life with Priya, while Rohit is using his scientific brilliance to benefit society. And Krrish is everyone's favorite
Unknown to them, a dark force is growing in another part of the world. Kaal, an evil genius, is selfishly misusing his powers to spread fear, death and
destruction. And he is being assisted by an army of very dangerous beings, which he has created himself.
Not long after Kaal's plans are put into action, both Rohit and Krrish find themselves faced with a crisis of epic proportions, which only they can resolve,
together. But when they finally cross paths with Kaal and his army, neither of them is prepared for what lies ahead.
Kaal not only brings the world to the brink of disaster, he also puts the strength and love of Krishna and his family to the test.
And Krrish has to somehow find the power within to face an unbeatable foe.
The greatest battle between good and evil begins.
Produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan, 'Krrish 3' stars Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangna Ranaut and Vivek Oberoi.
Here are some exclusive snaps from 'Krrish 3'.
New York: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff were the only women who figured ahead of the 66-year-old Gandhi in the list
of 72 politicians, heads of state and business leaders.
Gandhi was also ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who came in seven slots below her.
In a separate list of the world's 100 most powerful women, Forbes ranked Gandhi in the ninth position.
"As president of the Indian National Congress, Gandhi heads the ruling political party of the world's second largest population," read her brief profile on
the Forbes website.
"Rumors persist of a rift between her and soft-spoken Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with many expecting Singh to leave office before the 2014 general
elections," it said.
The profile noted that Rahul, described as the "heir apparent in the nation's most famous political dynasty", had recently "snubbed Singh publicly".
Singh's profile noted that the 81-year-old Prime Minister was "credited with shaping India's economic and social welfare reforms". But it also said his
"quiet intellectualism renders him a timid public figure".
Rahul's recent criticism of Singh over an ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers was "indicative of Singh's diminishing coterie; rumor has it he will soon
resign", the profile said.
Soon after the criticism, Rahul had acted to mend fences with Singh.
Manmohan Singh ‘my political guru’ has a clear conscience: Rahul Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi wants to retire in 2016, says book
Ordinance on convicted lawmakers: Congress looks for face-saver
PM meets president over controversial ordinance
Rahul, not BJP, made fun of PM: Rajnath
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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