Case No 666/2013 has a few thrilling portions but an unexciting start and a poor climax make the film a just about ok watch.
What's it about?
Three friends Bhaskar, Chaitanya and Durga upon the instigation of a recent acquaintance Eshwar, plan to stay in a forest bungalow that's believed to be haunted. On their way there, they meet Anand who is also going to the same forest area to shoot a documentary.
What the secret of the bungalow and what happens to all the friends in the forest forms the basic story of the film.
There are primarily five characters in the film with three other supporting characters. The casting is alright as they seem to suit the parts in terms of the look. But the acting is mostly poor. Only Durga and Anand manage to create some impression with their roles. Eshwar had a good role but its effect is undone by his poor acting.
The film has some exciting moments because it makes good use of the found footage genre style (thinl 'Love, Sex Aur Dhokha' or 'The Blair Witch Project'). It offers the audience a new kind of thrilling experience but barring those few portions, the rest of the film lacks energy. There are few funny moments in the first half, but until just before the interval, the film looks like any other regular movie.
Post the interval, the film gains momentum but the climax is a big downer, and dilutes the effect of all that’s happened before it. Poor performances is the chief reason for this disappointment, and also the sudden shift in tone of the film is jarring.
Direction by debutant Venkat Siddareddy and Purnesh Konathala is good as they make the best of the resources available. They could have exploited the genre further but miss the opportunity on that front. But leaving aside the acting aspects, they technically get the style right with good usage of camera angles. The problem arises with the overuse of the effect, especially in the first half. With better material and actors there is surely hope for better output and we wish them all best for the future.
Editing is not up to the mark. The dialogues aren't in sync with the actors mouthing their lines at many moments in the film. Cinematography is good in parts. Background music is alright.
What to do?
The case is interesting in flashes
For more reviews, photos and videos of all the latest releases, go here
New Delhi: Vidya Balan may have been mocked for sticking to her \'desi\' avatar in real life, but when it comes to films, the actress shows no qualms in experimenting with her looks. If \'Ghanc...
"You remind me of Shabana Azmi," guffaws our don't-give-a-damn hero to the social activist heroine. In the first-half they clash over idlis, ideologies and idle chatter. Mismatched as they are, and we are reminded twice that she is older, Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Imran Khan trudge along cutely till mid-point after which the narrative shuffles noisily into a village in Gujarat where it all falls apart.
"Last Vegas" is a funny, heartwarming and a touching buddy film about ageing and male bonding whose premise is so very much like the 2009 released film "The Hangover". But unlike in "The Hangover", these four buddies are geriatrics who jam up after 58 years of separation.