Red Alert - The War Within - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Red Alert A call for action. Suneil Shetty as the meek-but-aware low-ranker in a naxal outfit tells his comrades, "Wake up before it's too late. Wake up before we kill or worse, corrupt each other completely. Wake up before we lose sight of what it is we are fighting for and against." All this in a non-preachy tone and with some awesome performances.



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26 reviewers have given Red Alert - The War Within an average rating of 3.0/5.0 (?)

13 yays
8 nays
5 so-so

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So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...not without the trappings of commercial cinema, but the film does pack in ample drama, thrills, action and emotion to keep you engrossed.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...or all those thinking minds who can well understand and appreciate meaningful, realistic cinema. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...immense care has been taken to present them as characters, instead of capitalising on their star status... full review

Thumbs up by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...The film is presented as the POV of Narsimha (Suniel Shetty), a commoner and the film’s protagonist. This allows it to steer clear of any ideological alliance towards either side of the conflict. ... full review

Thumbs down by Faiz Ullah, DearCinema ...ed Alert is a product of a very immature and reductionist way of looking at the crisis. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, DNA ...the effect is not as yielding as it could have been.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...ahadevan’s vision to create a common man’s dilemma amidst civil discord fails in part with Suneil’s beefy appearance and in part with his treatment of scenes. ... full review

Thumbs up filmi cafe ...The film’s situations are straight out of newspaper headlines and Mahadevan has handled the subject maturely.... full review

Thumbs down by Pankaj Sabnani, ...You don't really know what the group actually wants. There is just a meek dialogue 'there's a difference between terrorism and revolution. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...making the screenplay take the upper edge than the storyline... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The contemporary view on this screen is relatively spot-on: the camera neatly pans across honestly chosen locations. The vision is but peripheral, and the viewpoint, entirely missing... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Shetty, bulked up though he is, tries hard to get the body language of a defeated farmer right... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, ...full marks to director Anant Mahadevan for favouring hand-held cameras... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Aruna Raje’s story and screenplay are both, hard-hitting and lay emphasis on authenticity... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Fiction can often give us the “why” and “how” of a subject we are already forced to confront, more powerfully and imaginatively. Red Alert doesn’t quite do that.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...Once you have established the protagonist's dilemma, the film continues to meander.... full review

So-So by Nishtha Bhatnagar, News X ...It sort of constructs the image you have had about these extremists vividly for you.... full review

Thumbs up by Satyen K Bordoloi, Now ... Between this hero-worship of Roy and the hyperbole of Singh, lies "Red Alert".... full review

Thumbs down by Abhishek Mande, Rediff ...Suniel Shetty portrays this despair very effectively -- at least for most of the first half. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The ruthlessness of both sides is evident. T... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Seema Biswas, the veteran bollywood actress who had dared to bare in Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Bandit Queen’ once again proved her credentials as one of the finest actresses of tinsel town... full review

Thumbs up by Spicypopcorn, Sulekha ...The hot babe of Bollywood Sameera Reddy, has done an image make over role, appearing without makeup ... full review

Thumbs up The Friday Freak ...What does make one wonder is the editing of the movie, where in the climax two people talk about a sequence that one is sure one never saw in the movie. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The film is naturally made within the confines of our Censor Board which means it must tread the middle path or cross-over to politically correct terrain ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...portrays the transformation of Suniel from an apolitical cook to an enlightened person as the film presents him in a never-seen-before role... full review