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Violent Indian Action Film Entertains, Exhausts

Violent Indian Action Film Entertains, Exhausts

Those interested in becoming an emergency room physician may want to check out: KillA film that truly lives up to its name.

Depicts bloody mayhem as dozens of people gather banditsor armed bandits taking over a moving train, Nikhil Nagesh Bhat’s Hindi action film could be a foundational course in medical school on the effects of stab wounds and bludgeoning on the human body. The director and action coordinators deserve much credit, but special mention must go to the makeup and prosthetic designers, whose contributions will make jumpy viewers blink. The sound designers, who provide the gory, sickening aural accompaniment to the gore, come second.

Kill

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It proves that there can be more to good things than good things.

Release date: July 5th
Casting: Lakshya, Raghav Juyal, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish G Vidyarthi, Abhishek Chauhan
Harsh Chhaya, Adrija Sinha
Director-screenwriter: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Rated R, 1 hour 45 minutes

As with most films of this genre, the plot is simple and fast-paced. Army commando Amrit (Lakshya) and his best friend and fellow soldier Viresh (Abhishek Chauhan) board an overnight train to New Delhi in the hope of preventing the arranged marriage of Tulika (Tanya Maniktala), whose wealthy businessman father (Harsh Chhaya) thinks Amrit is too low-class to be a suitable husband for his daughter.

Shortly after Amrit proposes to a bewildered Tulika, who is on the train with her entire family, the bandits make their presence known and begin robbing the passengers. After cutting off all communication, including cell phone service, they plan to quickly carry out their criminal mission and get off the train before the next stop.

But it looks a lot like the gang led by Alan Rickman Die HardThey couldn’t foresee highly trained fighters like Amrit and Viresh quickly springing into action. (Indeed, the mononymous Lakshya is introduced with the kind of dramatic close-ups afforded to fighters like Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone).

What follows is a relentless series of brutally violent clashes, in which dazzling martial arts moves are paired with a variety of weapons including knives, machetes and, in one particularly gruesome episode, a fire extinguisher that turns a man’s face into something resembling a cherry pie left out in the sun. Train to Busan It looks like Disneyland.

But the main villain doesn’t actually attack the robbers, who strangely seem related, until they commit a particularly heinous and, for Amrit, deeply personal act of brutality. This happens about 45 minutes into the film, and it’s only then, despite the fact that a number of murders have already been committed, that the title appears on screen. That villain, Fani (the charismatic Raghav Juyal, whose extensive experience as a dancer serves him well here, considering the demanding physical pace), takes particular pleasure in his brutality to an almost comical degree. “Look, happy days are here again!” he announces at one point, sounding like he’s watched too many old American movies.

The fight scenes are extremely well choreographed, filmed and edited, but their relentless pacing is so relentless that the viewing experience is numbing. John Wick The films are similar in their sweeping congestion, but at least they have the occasional sense of pausing for quieter moments where Keanu Reeves muses a bit. (Unsurprisingly, Kill (An English-language remake was announced by the series’ producers.)

Another problem is that the two heroes endure enough stab wounds and other forms of brutal body attacks to kill a dozen men, yet somehow continue to fight as if they were Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Of course, the bloodthirsty target audience is unlikely to care about such minor points.