Film

Blood Empires – Movie Review

Directed By: Peter Rajesh Joachim

Written By: Stevie Jay and Peter Rajesh Joachim

Staring: Kassandra Santos, Stevie Jay, Amanda Barker

My friend from college, Peter Rajesh Joachim recently showed me his first feature film and I was really excited to watch the film with the director sitting right beside me. What an amazing feeling to pause a scene from the movie and ask the director any queries that came to mind, and get an instant answer!

“Blood Empires” is a crime drama that keeps you on the edge, and until the last frame you are left wondering how the story is going to end. Peter has ensured that the suspense is maintained till the climax in this saga of cops, gangsters and their families.

What amazed me about the movie is that it was shot is just 12 days! Quite a mean task if you ask me, for a first time filmmaker! The production quality was top notch. The sound was excellent and lighting for the indoor shots was very well done.

The initial scene of a slow motion death was very well shot and had a Sin City like feel to it. The story of the protagonist who turns out to be a hit man is a compelling watch. The movie takes us through the circumstances and mindset of a criminal and why he makes decisions in a certain way. Also the thread of how he deals with family issues is something that’s portrayed well by Peter. The parallel story in play is that of a female police officer, who has different challenges of her own. How the lives of both these characters converge is what the story is about.

The movie showcases the humaneness behind each of the characters. The characters have shades of gray and their actions are motivated by their needs, which may or may not be morally right.  

The movie has a strong cast and special marks to Stevie Jay and Kassandra Santos for a professional performance as the leads. The supporting cast too did a good job. Peter Rajesh Joachim has shown incredible maturity for a first time indie movie director and is surely a director to watch out for. If you’d like to check out an offbeat and non-clichéd indie film, Blood Empires would be worth a watch!

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An exceptional Christian short film! This shows that you can have good production values on low budget and still manage to tell a decent story.

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Probably this movie has got to be Anurag Kashyap's best work. Liked this much more than Gangs Of Wasseypur.

Queen

What a wonderful movie! Excellent scripting with brilliant acting. You need to treasure such movies from Bollywood!

Madras Cafe

An excellent movie with a really strong script. John Abraham needs to do more movies like this.

Drishyam

What a wonderful movie! Finally MohanLal gets his act right by choosing a good script.

Drishyam is astounding! Go for it!

Drishyam is astounding! Go for it!

Memories

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The Great Gatsby

A wonderful movie by Baz Luhrmann. Leonardo shines and Tobey plays a great supporting character. Probably the greatest American novel of all time, this movie is a very compelling watch. Go for it! :) 

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Mumbai Police

This film is one of the finer moments in Malayalam film history. A must watch.

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Kai Po Che

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This is brilliant cinema that is suitable for young and old alike. The story revolves around the escapades of 3 boys from Gujarat and the actors add to the realistic feel. It is a nice adaption of Chetan Bhagat's book. Nothing compared to 3 Idiots or Dil Chata Hai but it is refreshing that a good Bollywood movie does not need a Khan.  The screenplay is taut, the actors are talented and the director does manage to weave a compelling story. This film is an example of how good content will linger on your mind. Pick up the original DVD , since Bollywood surely is coming of age.

 

New Generation Malayalam Movies

The era of Mammooty and Mohanlal is being challenged by the new crop that has come up with some wonderful movies overt the past couple of years.   Ensure that you don't miss out on some of these so called" new generation" movies such as Ayalum Njanum Thammil, Chapters, Friday, Matinee, Diamond Necklace, Manjadikuru, Black Butterflies, Shutter, Salt & Pepper and Amen! Ustad Hotel is of course the biggest gem to have come out from the Malayalam film industry. One of my juniors from college (Roopesh Peethambaran) made a pretty good effort with his first move Theevram. Great to see young stars like Fahad Fazil, Prithviraj and Dulquar Salman coming out on their own and making a mark. Long live Malayalam cinema!