Press Esc to close
Wednesday 05 August 2015
News updated at 3:10 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28.6°C
Min : 21°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy
Breaking News

'3G' well-structured, but unevenly paced scare-fest: Movie Review

Mar 15, 2013, IANS:

Film: "3G"; Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonal Chauhan; Director: Sheershak Anand-Shantanu Ray Chibber; Rating: ***

Neil Nitin Mukesh sees dead people. Whether dead people see him back is not known at the end of this chilling serial, which starts off as a comment on the perils of intricately-manufactured cellphones and ends with a slap-in-the-face comment on the porn industry that, we are told, threatens to destroy the very foundation of our societal structure.

It certainly creates havoc in two lives out to have a fun week in azure Fiji. Here's how.
"3G" is not the first thriller to be located in Fiji. Just weeks ago, "Table No. 21" attempted to chronicle the extraordinary supernatural adventures of an ordinary couple holidaying in Fiji. Here in "3G" the couple on a horrific holiday is played by Neil and the lovely Sonal Chauhan.

Admittedly the two make a fetching pair and seem to share a crackling chemistry. The co-directors reserve the initial portions of the loosely-edited film to watching Sonal emerge from the oceanic depths of the Fijian waters in gravity-defying bikinis to share slurpy kisses with her co-star.

Co-directors Sheershak and Shantanu know the fundamental rules of the horror genre, which they apply to the film with restrain. There are no creaky doors, banging windows and banshee-like wails, moans and screams on the soundtrack.

Amar Mohile's background score favours a remarkable restrain, under-scoring rather
than over-emphasizing the chill quotient.

Initially, the build up of the horror is done with enthusiastic energy, with Neil's descent into demoniacal possession conveyed with throat-clutching credibility. The actor's voice, eyes and body language chart the character's journey from holiday-time fun to unexpected terror.

Neil has worked hard on conveying a sense of growing anxiety within his character's devilish domain. His performance gets its pat-on-the-back moment when in a moment of satanic exhilaration he raises both his hands triumphantly in the air to mock a priest saying: "Have you forgiven yourself?"

His co-star has relatively less to do, and wear. Sonal does both with enthusiasm, and provides Neil's character with a spooky counterpoint in the tale of the man, woman and the entity that enters their lives. The film depends almost completely on the couple to carry the chilling tale forward.

The incidental characters are almost non-existent until the endgame when the story of another couple emerges from the folds of the inexplicable goings-on.

The film "3G" makes interesting use of the traditional horror formula. It subverts the genre to poke sardonic scary fun at technological advancement and the stronghold of gadgets and gizmos in today's times. There's a frightening message here on how the past revisits our present when we aren't looking.

Eerie and spine-tingling in spurts, "3G" has its moments of gripping suspense. Those who have enjoyed Ram Gopal Varma's "Bhoot" or Vikram Bhatt's "Raaz" would certainly derive a trembling pleasure in "3G".

A shiver-giver set in the shimmering waters of Fiji, this is a well-structured though unevenly paced scare-fest that leads us into a terrifying climax. Porn intended.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Locals wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on River Ganga at Kalighat...

Locals wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on River Ganga at Kalighat...

Foreign tourists wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on Ganga river at Kalighat...

Foreign tourists wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on Ganga river at Kalighat...

Children sitting on the roof of a house in a flooded village at Satul in Murshidabad...

Children sitting on the roof of a house in a flooded village at Satul in Murshidabad...

Manish Malhotra with actress Aishwarya Rai on the ramp at the India Couture Week...

Manish Malhotra with actress Aishwarya Rai on the ramp at the India Couture Week...

Juhi Chawla at an interactive session on health hazards due to mobile radiations in Mumbai...

Juhi Chawla at an interactive session on health hazards due to mobile radiations in Mumbai...

Sania Mirza walks the ramp during a fashion show at India International Jewellery Week...

Sania Mirza walks the ramp during a fashion show at India International Jewellery Week...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bhopal on Monday to promote his upcoming film 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man'...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bhopal on Monday to promote his upcoming film 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man'...

Sonam Kapoor walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Sonam Kapoor walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Kohli reacts at a hotel staff after arriving at Hotel Taj in Colombo...

Kohli reacts at a hotel staff after arriving at Hotel Taj in Colombo...

Chitrangada Singh walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Chitrangada Singh walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523