Who Review: watching this amateurish film is a tough task
Science fiction level fantasies are a bit alien to our film industry. Ideas like Inception have worked for the audience here as well and so someone trying something like that is indeed a welcoming change for the industry. Who, the new film directed by debutante Ajay Devaloka is one film that explores the concept of a dream. But the making is amateurish and hugely tedious that watching Who becomes a really tough task.
John Luka is one major character here and he is having an issue with a particular dream that always repeats. And weirdly the same was getting played in the heads of many other people in the valley. A girl named Dolores is also having a dream related issue where she sees a young girl getting kidnapped. How these two people are connected to a real-world murder mystery and what is the role of the dreams they see is what Who trying to show us.
The writing here is pathetic. Each and every character is speaking English in the most forced way and every single word feels like a philosophical speech. The visual gimmickry is getting misinterpreted as excitement. This may be the in-between portion in a trilogy that will have sequel and prequel. But that doesn’t give you the license to make a film that doesn’t make any sense in terms of timelines. Through Who Ajay Devaloka is testing the patience of his viewers by lingering on to clumsy sophistications of silly things. The script is never really getting tired of creating buildups and that will eventually make the viewer tired. There is one scene where we see Luka walking in slow motion and I was like what just happened here that made me show the swagger. And there are many other instances where the movie claims the moment to be great, but we won’t feel a thing.
Getting inspired by the western content and doing movies here is not at all a bad idea. But you need to have some sense of originality to your creation. Who is pretty much replicating the surface level complexities of the theme and it may be too early to judge, but it doesn’t have that compelling power in it to make us wait for the other parts in the trilogy. The way it has been developed into a fully fledged script is a major issue. The chaotic edits make it more annoying. The cinematography lacks craft. And the background score is out of sync with the high of the scene.
Shine Tom Chacko is not at all getting any sort of acting challenge here. He is basically in one single tone and hopefully, we will see more of John Luka in the upcoming versions. Rajeev Pillai also has pretty much nothing to do here. It was actually Pearly Maaney who performed really well in this movie and she made the underwritten character look convincing on screen. Shruthy Menon couldn’t really handle the character offered to her mainly because of the dialogue delivery. Prashanth Nair IAS was fine. The police officers played by Gopu Padaveedan and Srikanth Menon were really dull.
Who tries to look extensively complicated by making it look complicated. Even if you sit and backtrack all that happened in the movie, there will be still questions about the necessity of such level of complication in the presentation. Something that could have been explained more conveniently gets an undeserving complicated presentation.
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