wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
A political thriller drama that irritates mainly because you are forced to watch it in 3D when there is no reason to. Other irritants like disjointed screenplay, an unengaging narrative, distracting accents seem secondary in comparison.Read more
I'm always looking forward to stories told by new writer/directors and especially when almost the whole team is fresh. The most known faces in DAM 999 are Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajit Kapoor and Linda Arsenio from Kabul Express. But DAM 999 has a very choppy style of narration to thrill you.
That besides, just about everything else takes away from the sort-of, kind-of novel plot point. I saw the English version, so the accents of the Indian actors seemed very affected - Just like the Hindi of a non-Indian sounds in a Hindi film. I know it’s a difficult call, but watching Megha Burman exaggerate her Ts and Cs when her character is bred in Kerala(?) and is raised by a south Indian played by Rajit Kapoor who goes to great extent to bring on the South Indian language. I'm discussing the accents in such detail because they act as major distractions and don't allow the characters, which might be well written, to grow on you. Also, they take away from the performances.
Even if I let that go, there is another major nuisance glaring at you. 3D. Why? Not one scene, not a single one required the technology. DAM 999 unnecessarily ended up being two shades darker and made me spend those extra Rs.30 on the deposit for the glasses. Every once in a while I took the glasses off and the picture was crystal clear - which means it was actually 2D in play. What a scam, I tell you! And certainly a put-off.
The commentary at the beginning of the film alludes to the fact that the story is going to use the 'navarasa' to express various characters. Also, there is some mumbo-jumbo about the nine planets being the forces behind all life. And some other forced use of the number nine to justify the 999 in the title.
The story has nothing more to it than a politician controlling everything around him to achieve his political aspirations. The rest, including the entire set-up on the ship, are side-stories that aimed at covering the 999 mentioned above.
DAM 999 most certainly took on its plate a lot more than it could chew. 3D, navarasa, 9 planets, 4 languages, politics, social impact of dams, to name a few. The result is a combination of bland actors trying too hard to play out a plot that is all over the place.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Sohan Roy has an interesting topic but I guess, his leaning is more towards the emotions locked within a human body and its final release along with the flow of water.... full review
Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, Filmfare : ...It’s amusing to see a South Indian setting, English dialogues and Hindi songs with subtitles. It’s like whenever the actors get romantic they start singing in Hindi!... full review
Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...The story is just an excuse to bring together several exotic elements of the south and enjoined with a few foreigners in the cast, was probably intended to draw in a world audience.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...if you are expecting great music, then leave your ears at home. The Hindi songs are more than out-of-place in a movie where no Hindi is spoken at all, and the rest of the music is below average. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...Few would have heard of this silly picture set around a wily villain (Ashish Vidyarthi), was it not for Tamil Nadu chief minister K Karunanidhi, who saw in it a potential for panic among people in his state.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Who makes these movies? Who are they made for? Why couldn’t the filmmakers have got themselves a genuine Malyali actor who wouldn’t have been such a caricature as Kapoor is? ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Dam999 could make for an interesting watch had it just stuck to what it was supposed to be. In its present form, it's easily avoidable. ... full review
Tsajith: DAM 999 : A film that make aware us about a big reality. Great effort by Sohan Roy.....great camera works by Ajayan vincent.....
sreekanthR1: all of u must watch DAM 999
samarajiva: Dam 999, the movie, does what years of talking could not: http://lirneasia.net/2011/11/dam-safety-rises-on-indian-policy-agenda/
pppullattu: dam 999 is superb
navaskjaleel: "DAM 999" is a perfect creativity.. @navaskjaleel
MKAmigos: Guys DAM 999 is filled with different emotions... Must watch
kumarmanoj1036: DAM 999 is a best film.But new Indian generation like Rock star,Desiboys etc.It reflects the new generation mentality.
jjjosna777: If a common man watch this movie DAM 999 he will understand the severity of a Dam collision
BolegaGossips: Dam 999 is an eye opener for all!
anujvishnu: very nice movie Dam 999 please watch this movie http://twitter.com/anujvishnu/status/140680169466765312/photo/1
abinthefreacker: Hi friends watch the movie Dam 999 for sure ... it's amazing
vishnugopal: Do yourself a favor and don't see Dam 999. #horror
shivamagrawal53: DAM 999 so flop movie.
rishi4u: Bad script and bad acting ruin DAM 999.
REGINGEORGE: Just now saw the movie DAM 999.⁰His motive is good....but he couldn't satisfy the audience....⁰My rating 1/5...
mohfaizal1: It's not dam 999, it's "DAMN 999"
miraclskannan: Dam 999 is bad film
kankahld: Dam 999: A bizarre film that provides no insight into the dam controversy: Concentrating on the magical properties of Ayurveda, a… #fb
Jithin_BK: #Dam 999 is more like a film made to sell India and concept of Ayurveda and karma to spirituality-hungry foreigners! Very very bad!
faabbzzz: Dam 999 wud be a damning disaster, for the producer!! ;) as well as audience......#waste movie
billy_moh: #dam 999 A nonsense way of presenting a sensible subject. No impact Not effective, Dam 999 is Damn 110 minutes.
ANUGLYHEAD: DAM 999 is the crappiest movie ever!
anbudan_BALA: Sohan Roy (director of Dam 999), a cheap moron who whips up regional sentiments & fear psychosis is thought of as an intellectual !
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