Monday, January 28, 2013

Table No. 21: Movie Review

So I was really excited to see Rajeev Khandelwal in a movie again. I've seen TV shows with him and loved him there, and then saw Aamir, in which he was amazing. I saw just the TV version of the promo, which was about 30 seconds and didn't show any of the more intense scenes. The whole idea of some kind of game where you just have to answer some questions, and an "if you lie, you die" mentality seemed pretty intriguing. The movie turned out to be way more intense though.

The film started out with a couple celebrating their anniversary in Fiji. They're not super well off, but they're clearly in love. There they meet a guy (Paresh Rawal) who offers them the chance to play a game where they have to answer 8 simple questions and perform 8 related tasks to win Rs. 21 crore. The couple is also told that all their actions will be broadcast live on a live gaming website where millions of people will tune in to watch. The couple accepts the game thinking it's too good to be true, and the game starts off easy. It quickly intensifies, and they end up having to confront their worse fears and perform ridiculous tasks. Some scenes were almost scarring in the movie. The couple tries to escape, but cannot as they are bound legally by a contract and physically by a lie detector on their wrists that would kill them if taken out of range. The end of the movie reveals the reason for the entire game, which I, as the viewer, had been wondering the entire time. It's not difficult to guess the end based on clues throughout the movie. It still does end up making an impact though.

So that was the story. Now let's talk about acting. Rajeev Khandelwal (the husband) was great as always. Tena Desae, as the wife, was not bad. Paresh Rawal can do no wrong, so of course he was great too. The way the movie was directed was really interesting. Every question/task combo gave us some insight into the characters' lives, and the connection between all these puzzle pieces were made at the very end. The movie was kind of slow, but the beginning and end were pretty good.

Overall, I'm not sure if I'd recommend this movie. It is definitely a little scarring, but it does make a strong statement about bullying. That is what it comes down to in the end. If you think you can handle it, the movie wasn't bad. I just personally didn't know what I was getting into.

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