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Blood'y adrenaline rush Cast: Lakshya Lalwani, Tanya Maniktala, Raghav Juyal, Abhishek Chauhan, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Adrija Sinha, Harsh C...

Blood'y adrenaline rush

Cast: Lakshya Lalwani, Tanya Maniktala, Raghav Juyal, Abhishek Chauhan, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Adrija Sinha, Harsh Chhaya, Parth Tiwari, Kashyap Kapoor


Rating: 4/5


Kill” may look like a cheesy film in the beginning, but it subverts the audience’s expectations almost brilliantly. It resembles Snowpiercer when it comes to the political message as the bandits don’t loot for the sake of it — they’re not sadists — but loot to give themselves a better life. 

“Kill” is bloody and violent, but the violence is never over-the-top as you’d expect from a film like this, it’s far more grounded in reality than “John Wick” and it’s also far more humane than films of this genre: the character does get hurt, the character does faint, the character is beaten (almost to death at times). The film has little to know character detail, but regardless of that, you can still keep track of all the characters — which many films and TV series with far better character detailing fail to do. The characters are believable and realistic, and so is the action choreography.

The action choreography is excessively well done, choreographed by Oh Se-young; the fight sequences never get stale. The action choreography was intricately planned — I mean, it had to be for it to work so well in such a tiny space. The film is excellently shot: we feel claustrophobic just like the characters, and neither we nor the characters have any chance to escape at any given time; Bhat makes excellent use of the tiny space.

The performances are good all around, but Raghav Juyal is the standout: the misogynistic and sadistic Fani. He makes the character believable — with excellent aim, I must say — and thus, it’s all the more terrifying to watch. His dialogue delivery is a treat to watch especially the one-liners(don’t miss the Mohabbatein reference). The debutant Lakshya is solid (his chiseled physique), and fights and punches have more energy than his dialogue delivery (which is hardly there). Tanya Maniktala is extremely promising. Ashish Vidhyarthi gives a really good performance; so does Abhishek Chauhan. The film also references a lot of films, such as Sholay (Baldeo Singh Thakur) and The Burning Train.

Shot completely inside a train, “Kill” is the bloodiest Indian film to date; it sets a high bar for action films to come out of India in the future.

When an army commando finds out his true love is engaged against her will, he boards a New Dehli-bound train in a daring quest to derail the arranged marriage. But when a gang of knife-wielding thieves begins to terrorize innocent passengers on his train, the commando takes them on himself in a death-defying kill-spree to save those around him — turning what should have been a typical commute into an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.

By Ravit Mishra

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