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Avatar 3D December 19, 2009

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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Cinema means different things to different people. For some, it is about the story. For some, it is about entertainment. For some, it is about technique. For me, it is about the imagination. It is about the effective translation of a vision. And ultimately, it is about the experience.

As far as imagination and experience goes, Avatar is an unparalleled accomplishment. Writer-Director James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator 2) creates a new world that makes the best use of the new technology that he has helped pioneer over the last decade. Pandora (the alien world created for this film) is a masterpiece that sells 3D like nothing ever has in the past.

After Titanic, Cameron once again takes a story with universal appeal  (not to mention the social relevance) and mounts it on a gigantic scale. Cameron immerses you in this new world and the technology is never really at the forefront (except in the logical part of your brain that might tell you it is make-believe). I didn’t really know how involved I was in the film till Pandora was attacked and the pain felt almost tangible.

With motion capture, it is always hard to assess an actor’s performance but it seems much easier with Avatar. Zoe Saldaña (Star Trek) is only seen in her Na’vi (the inhabitants of Pandora) form and stands out as Neytiri. Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) plays an able Jake Sully.

It goes without saying that this is an experience that no one should miss. If you are planning to watch this and you are not aware of the technology behind it, my sincere request would be to read a little bit about it to allow yourself to really appreciate a mammoth achievement in filmmaking. And try your best to watch it in IMAX 3D.

Fast & Furious April 20, 2009

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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If you liked the previous flicks in the series – atleast the first one – then you should like this too. If you never liked any of them then there is no reason why you’d want to watch this. I’m a sucker for any above average car chase flick so I had no trouble appreciating this one too.

I’ve only seen the first installment in the series before and compared to that this one seemed a little better. Especially the chase sequences sequences feature a little less obvious CGI which help a long way in making the action appear a lot more thrilling. The crappy gangsta rap music which keeps playing in the background also seemed a bit restrained. It’s good to see Vin Diesel and Paul Walker together again.

For fans of this franchise there is more good news as a sequel or two are in the offing – as is obviously evident from the final scene. If you are planning to watch this do make sure that you don’t miss the much talked about gasoline truck heist opening sequence.