London Has Fallen
Director: Babak Najafi
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, this one begins in London, where the British PM has died under mysterious circumstances. Expectedly, the life of the US President is assumed to be under threat, and the man assigned to protect him is Secret Service Agent, Mike Banning (Butler). The story is riddled with clichéd twists and turns. The direction is sloppy, and the actors don’t really get the chance to deliver. Avoid.
— Team Indulge
Director: Prakash Jha
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Manav Kaul
Jha revives his 2003 hit crime thriller in Madhya Pradesh’s Bankipur district. And this time, Chopra steps into Ajav Devgn’s shoes, as the clean cop, SP Abha Mathur. She takes on the district’s ruthless politician, Babloo Pandey (Kaul) and his younger brother. Mathur also finds support in a rogue cop, Bhola Nath Singh, wonderfully essayed by Jha, who makes his acting debut. However, the same can’t be said about the Quantico star. Chopra tries too hard to come across as a tough cop. The narrative is haphazard, too. An average film
Cast: Vijay Antony, Satna Titus
It’s about a wealthy business tycoon, Arul, who, as penance, opts to live the life of a beggar for a few days. Engaging in its narrative style, it has an unusual concept and a refreshing screenplay that is laced with humour and insight. Essaying Arul with competence, Antony seems to have come of age as an actor. Titus is a promising find. Striking a chord that is different from the routine, Pichaikaaran is worth a watch.
— Malini Mannath