Average Rating: 2
Total Critics: 8
Critic Reviews for The Boxtrolls
|Release Date :||04/21/2017|
Cast: Raasi, Sai Ronak, Ena Saha, Supreet, comedians Satya and Sudarshan
Music: Sricharan Pakala
Sai is a aspiring director who is set to make a short film along with his friends Satya and Sudarshan. They rope Swati(Ena Saha) as heroing of the short film. They start shooting at a haunted villa on outskirts. Rebecca(Raasi) is the owner of the villa. She’s a mysterious woman. Her suspicious behaviour scare the hell out of the friends.
Swati encounters strange things in the premise. She’s actually a patient suffering with Monophobia and waiting for visa to leave to the US. Rebecca befriends with Swati and teaches her telepathy to deal with halucinations. Gradually, Rebecca takes control of Swati’s mind. What is Rebecca’s intention? What happens to Swati?
Lanka is a psychological thriller with touch of science fiction and horror. The film stars of on interesting note. First half is gripping with suspence. Curiosity over Raasi’s mysterious character keeps it engaging. The senior actress’ uncanny appearance gives a spooky feel. The script is woven around one word i.e. Telepathy. This word is uttered several times in the film.
Post-interval film continues the suspense till half-way. Swati keeps getting nightmares leaving audience wonder which is real and which is not. On top of it, imaginary stories told as flashbacks further confuses. Too many twists make it even more clumsy. By the time climax reaches audience feel enough is enough. Wonder why this complex screenplay to reach a silly routine ending.
First half has some well designed scenes that scare a bit. Sound effects are decent for the thriller. VFX are poor. Background score is okay but sounds to have heard it several times before. Cinematography is good. Direction is weak in many places.
Action – cut mode of shots are felt throughout. Mind voices and stuff like that makes the film appear like a serial. Lip-sync is terrible. Editing saved the grace. Raasi’s screen presence and performance helps the movie. Sai and Ena are okay. Satya and Sudharshan tickle some funny-bones.
Bottom-line: Messed up thriller