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GAME OVER - An average experimental attempt that only works in its ambience & performances, but doesn't offer any engaging mystery with an unrequired hangover of GROUNDHOG DAY. (Review By Bobby Sing)

14 Jun, 2019 | Movie Reviews / 2019 Releases

The good news is that this is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual film that has also been released in Hindi, dubbed by the makers themselves, saving it from the uncaring, poor dubbing by the Youtube channels. But on the other hand, the not so favourable news is that GAME OVER isn’t any outstanding film of its genre or rather just an average film to be honest, that fails at many levels, despite scoring well in its technical department.

Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, the best section of the film remains its opening five minutes chunk, where we get to see a very fine mix of sound, cinematography, suspense and the expected shocking horror making a great start. However nothing really works in the next 100 minutes, having a bit of everything but nothing significant and impressive enough to keep you thoroughly engrossed.

To be fair, GAME OVER has a potential premise of a serial killer, an interesting character of a suffering woman - who is into designing video-games, a bit of supernatural touch of a spirit, a bit of mystery that doesn’t get solved and a bit of horror that rarely becomes scary ruining the expectations. These bits work occasionally in a few sequences well-supported by a note-worthy background score, a fine camerawork and the performances of its only two woman characters, but nothing else manages to impress resulting in a big disappointment in terms of mystery, suspense and horror altogether. Besides, I couldn’t get why the director thought of adding three repetitive sequences on the lines of the famous English classic GROUNDHOG DAY, may be just to increase the length of the film to at least 100 minutes.
Surprisingly, though dealing with a subject of a serial killer and a ‘spirit-influence tattoo’,  the writers never care to give any kind of answers to the so many questions raised and the director only keeps emphasizing on creating a scary ambience for the viewers ignoring everything else. Also all the detailing of famous old-time games and posters seen in the backdrop serves no purpose at all, used just as an added decoration.
Summing up, reminding you of Ram Gopal Varma’s less celebrated gem KAUN, this confused and aimless, experimental film doesn’t even justify its title and thus can generously be rated as an average mystery-cum-horror thriller that scores well in its technical and performance department but offers nothing much in its writing and content missing a big opportunity.
In other words, GAME OVER can only be seen once for the worth praising performances of its two female protagonists Taapsee Pannu and Vinodhini Vaidyanathan (there is no other lead character in the film) plus for the scary ambience created by a good background score in particular. But that too, when the film soon gets released at Netflix, avoiding it in the theater.

Rating : 2.5 / 5  (Including an additional 0.5 just for its opening sequence)

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14 Jun 2019 / Comment ( 2 )
Shakil warsi

After watching Game over for fifty five minits , I searched two things very drsperately;  first a saridone and second your review...thank you to save my time further. You are very right. ..,Hopeless horrible movie ...after  stupid built up in every sequence , the plot fails to resolve  it . Your review is honest as always.

Bobby Sing

(Sorry for the late reply as many comments got hidden due to a technical glitch.)
Thanks Shakil ji for agreeing with the review.
It was really a touch watch.
Please do keep visiting and writing in.

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