'3G' well-structured, but unevenly paced scare-fest (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ***)

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.

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Yahoo Cricket

Latest News

  • Turkish mural helps keep park protest spirit alive

    By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish artist on Saturday unveiled a two-storey-high mural featuring those killed in protests two years ago over an Istanbul park that spiralled into nationwide demonstrations against the leadership of Tayyip Erdogan. The 5-by-10-metre painting by Haydar Ozay was unveiled on the second anniversary of the protests that began as an effort to stop bulldozers from razing Gezi Park, one of the few green spaces of Istanbul, to build a shopping mall. …

  • Emraan Hashmi's pre-kissing ritual

    Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Emraan Hashmi earned the title of Bollywood's 'serial kisser', but the actor says he sticks to a pre-kissing ritual to get a scene right -- he avoids berries! In an episode of "Farah Ki Daawat", hosted by choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan, the "Jannat" actor shared that before a kissing scene in his movies, he avoids eating any kind of berries because he is allergic to them. "Best kiss was when my dog licked my face," he quipped. Emraan also tried his hand at cooking …

  • Why is Parineeti Chopra feeling privileged?

    Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Parineeti Chopra says she felt proud after having lunch with actor Varun Dhawan. The actress took to micro-blogging site Twitter to talk about the 'privileged' moment. Filmmaker Karan Johar also joined them for the lunch. …

  • 'Share your Plate' campaign to aid underprivileged kids

    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) 'Share your Plate' campaign, launched by online food delivery marketplace Foodpanda in association with Care India and Sakshi NGO, is aimed at generating cash and kind for underprivileged children. The month-long campaign has been launched to alleviate the problem of hunger which the deprived section of society has to deal with on a daily basis. "Being a food delivery platform, we realise what hardships the underprivileged have to go through to afford one square meal …

  • Irrfan to miss 'Jurassic World' promotions in India

    Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actor Irrfan Khan is shooting for his foreign project "Inferno" in Budapest. It will keep him away from promoting his forthcoming film "Jurassic World" in India. Apart from promotional activities, the actor, who is being lauded for his latest film "Piku", will also miss its Indian premiere. …

  • Manoj Bajpayee's production venture titled 'Missing'

    Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actor Manoj Bajpayee will be debuting as producer soon and he has titled his production venture "Missing". …

  • Russia asks Britain to block auction of "stolen" painting

    The Russian bureau of Interpol has sent a request to the British police to block the auction of a painting by a famous Russian artist because it was "stolen", Russia's Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The ministry said that the painting in question, "Evening in Cairo" by Ivan Aivazovsky, "was stolen in 1997 from a private collection in the city of Moscow". "That a painting of this scale and quality has not been on public view for over seventy years is remarkable and presents …

  • Ranveer is now calmer, less anxious: Anushka Sharma

    Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Anushka Sharma, who worked with Ranveer Singh in the 2010 film "Band Baaja Baaraat", says he is now a calmer and less anxious person as compared to his earlier days. "When we worked together for 'Band Baaja Baaraat', Ranveer used to be very anxious and hyper on set. …

Loading...