The Salesman Review: In 1978, the Vinod Mehra – Rekha movie, Ghar, was said to be ahead of its time for depicting rape and its consequence on marriage. There too, two people move into a new apartment for a new start but their lives are brought to a grinding halt when the wife is gang-raped and the husband is left scrambling for answers.

The Salesman briefly reminds you of Ghar, but quickly moves into unexplored territories. Here, the attack takes place within the house. Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) is waiting for her husband to return home and casually unlocks the door for him before going into the loo to wash up. An unseen intruder breaks into the house and molests Rana. Her husband Emad (Shahab Hosseini) hears about the incident, and it opens the doors to a patriarchal sense of rage in him that he seemed to have locked away.

The movie delivers on all the expectations one has come to attach with Asghar Farhadi’s work. Like his previous breakout, A Separation, this is also a highly volatile story contained within the four walls of a house. No option for the characters but to bounce off the walls! ดูหนังออนไลน์


Chips Review : Just like ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and the more recent, ’21 Jump Street’. ‘Is a film made in the same vein of films based on older, popular television shows.

A buddy-comedy, it has Dax Sheppard playing officer John Baker. An ex-motocross champ who has fallen on hard times and is now a pill-popping, oldest rookie detective in the department. He is assigned to officer Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello (Michael Peña). A trigger-happy under cover FBI agent, who is tracking a bunch of crooked cops involved in high-speed heists.

There may not be too many Indian fans of the earlier show. But for the ones catching it first time, there’s not too much to get involved with. The action is decent, but nothing too hardcore. The violence is quite is real and there are some gory, yet darkly funny scenes. Like, when ponch has three of his fingers blown off, and Jonathan manages to retrieve only two as a maniac Ray Kurtz (Vincent D’Onofrio) sprays the ground around him with bullets.

As far as the chemistry between the duo is concerned, there’s not too much there. Between their bickering and chasing bad guys there’s no real investigation going on and the case kind of opens itself up to them. While the story is weak, the humour occasionally salvages it. Yet the misplaced homosexual jokes and the misogny make you cringe in places.


Review: There are three specific questions that will run through your head while watching ‘Life’. First – Why was this blatant ‘Alien’ rip-off green-lit? Second – How did the studio manage to convince Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal – two certified A-list Hollywood actors – to star in it? And lastly, why is this still so entertaining? While the first two questions are best left for other forums, the third could be encapsulated by giving due credit to its screenwriters.

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned last year’s superhero success story ‘Deadpool’. Which probably also answers one half of the 2nd question posed above.

The plot line they’re working with, will be familiar to age-old fans of sci-fi horror flicks. ‘Life’ addresses the familiar conundrum of what humans would do when confronted by an extra-terrestrial intelligent life-form. Like most of their fictional predecessors in similar situations (read: plots). This ISS crew highly equipped at their respective jobs but seriously outmatched by the quick learning being, named ‘Calvin’.

Besides Reynolds and Gyllenhaal. The rest of the multi-racial cast is also put through the wringer as each of them play pivotal characters with no small parts. The result is a sense of bonhomie among the crew with just enough background for us to care about their survival.

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