wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) - Only for thriller buffs who don't mind absense of substantial story
Weird camera angles used wisely, wish background score was used miserly. Nevertheless, the pace and visuals used are well placed to thrill and create curiosity. Alas, the climax is pretty predictable and that takes away a lot from the enjoyment of the film.Read more
One could easily get away with saying that Agyaat has no 'real' story. And they wouldn't be entirely wrong. The one-line description and the detailed description would pretty much be the same. But as the drama in the post-interval 45 minutes unfolds the film shows the struggle of a human being. A struggle between his natural instinct to become an animal for his survival and his persistence in trying to keep himself from turning into a beast. And this is what sets the film apart and keeps it from becoming one big yawn-fest.
Also some of the jerks - the kind in a horror film that jolt up in your seat - are done pretty well. Of course, there are other times when all you see is the camera following the subject or being followed by the face of the subject. This though is used in limitation and saves the film from becoming a tiring watch.
At last I found the use of nauseating camera angles in an RGV film justifiable. The spookiness he tries to create this time works at least in bits - more so in the second half. Pre-halfway the film is pretty much blah. Nothing much goes on in the story other than set-up of characters. Also there is enough evidence of RGV going bonkers in post-production, especially in the sound department. And yet I wanted the cackling in the audience to stop - I understand it is inevitable when horror is on screen and yet I wanted them to give the film a chance. Also the cliff-hanger at interval shakes you out of the drowsiness immediately.
Even until half-time the use of camera will interest people who like observing the technical aspects of film-making. Very smartly the film also gives us a peek into the hardships that the actual crew might have gone through while shooting Agyaat. it felt like you were watching Sri Lanka on the "Animal Planet" channel - with some exotic snakes being covered from close quarters. I'm fascinated by flora and fauna so seeing snakes on big screen really excites me. Though the inherent beauty of Sri Lankan jungles doesn't leave much room for creativity, an eerie atmosphere is created. Despite the loud background score's best effort to keep you from being horrified.
Not only the music in the background, but the songs are also very obviously fit in the script for pure commercial purposes. Please tell me a skimpily-undressed
Nisha Priyanka Kothari is not all it takes to make a film a financial success. Anyway, she does the usual stuff a lead lady is required to do in a "horror" film - yell and feel scared - and does it well. That is pretty much what the rest of the cast does too. Like a gym workout. Make the expression required of your character. "hold-Hold-HOLD AND pulse-Pulse-PULSE AND 8 - 7 - - 4 - " you get the drift. Right.
Also a couple of characters have irritating traits that make them caricatures. Though a lot of grace marks for keeping dialogue as minimal as possible given it’s a commercial project. Despite that there are a couple of scenes which could have used better dialogues instead of run-down repetition or predictability.
I'd have liked a subtle hint of ambient noise to prevail as background sound. I want to know what it feels like in an RGV product. I know Agyaat had more potential to terrify than just this. It created neither warmth for nor curiosity about the characters. But I wanted to know more about the unknown. And that is what makes the end absolutely predictable. Oh well...if RGV could try different tactics to stun, he wouldn't be RGV, right?
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Chanda Gohrani, AOL INDIA : ...Ramu tries to push his luck and humour a little too far. The movie ends in a rather questionable manner, finishing all the thrill and fear that it could have created in people’s minds.... full review
So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...The repressed spotboy's outburst against the spoilt superstar played by Gautam Rode, every inch the despicable brat, is a masterly manoeuvre designed to show how fear melts all class differences. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anand Vaishnav, Buzz18 : ...Varma continues his fixation with making her do aerobics on screen. So there's enough screen time devoted to her arms, thighs, abs and so on.... full review
Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...The songs seem to be just thrust into the movie meaninglessly, and there is also a remake of the popular song 'kahi deep jale kahi dil' in the most tasteless manner.... full review
Thumbs down, by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind : ...through petrifying sound effects like “Boooooooo” “Wooooooooo” RGV displays the supreme control of his faculties that have characterized his movies of late.... full review
Thumbs down, by Chandrima Pal, Rediff : ...You want to see how a director gets to bastardise a classic scarefest such as the Predator, and have the gumption to promote it the way he did.... full review
Thumbs down, by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall : ...Technically, barring some admittedly dynamic compositions which sadly fall flat due to the non-existent storyline, there is nothing worth shouting about... full review
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