For the people who don’t know what to expect going into this movie, I’d like to point out that this movie might be difficult to watch for people who don’t like heights, insects, rats, dark spaces, are claustrophobic and or vegetarians. With that out of the way let’s talk about this one.
This movie is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane who has made films like Udaan and Lootera in the past. This film is nothing like any of the work you’ve seen from him before but you may have seen a movie like this before. A man is trapped in a place with no connection with the outside world and he has to get out. It’s nothing new but, it is really entertaining.
With a film like this it is essential that you actually care about the character the entire film is built around. I was really happy to see how quickly and effortlessly they set up his character. They don’t give too much information but it’s not too little either. Just the right amount to have the audience invested. Also, since most of the film only revolves around him, the performance given by the protagonist is probably the most important element of the film. Rajkumar Rao did a great job with the role.
His performance was really convincing and part of it is because of the fact because it was so genuine. There was no big moment where he started crying on screen or called out to God asking ‘why he has to go through this?‘. Usually, with films like this one, the makers spend too much time trying to make you feel sorry for the main character and with time that trope has gotten really tiring so I was glad to see that they didn’t rely on that alone to keep us invested in the film.
I also thought that using the 4:3 aspect ratio for this film helped emphasize the feeling of claustrophobia and that was a clever decision made by the makers of the film. The way the movie is shot and edited together is to make you feel uncomfortable. The screen is almost always filled with objects and there are a lot of close up shots to make you feel like you’re stuck in there too with the character.
The only thing they could’ve improved is that they could have paced the first few minutes slightly better because for a while it felt like you’ve seen him do the same thing over again at least five times.
It is a really good movie but it’s also nothing new. You will be entertained while watching it as it is an impressive thriller but you shouldn’t expect a meaningful experience out of it. Anybody who does that will leave the theater disappointed.