5 December 2015 | nairtejas
Documentary In The Name Of Mystery. ♦ Grade F
The film might have been a pleasant deal for the cast and crew to make, but it definitely won't and doesn't suit the palates of the audience it is intended for.
A man (Boban) whose heart aches for planet Earth invites people of different professions from different parts of India so that they can together fight the industrialization that is going to happen to an isolated and mysteriously natural village (in these harrowed times). Their attempt may look good on paper and is definitely about paying heed to a dire social cause, but that doesn't mean its chronicle would work if you pass it off as a mainstream film to people who want their protagonists to wear flashy clothes and dance to the tunes of Gopi Sunder.
The film goes heavily wrong at many parts. Even 30 minutes in the film, one doesn't feel the emotional charge that is essential if he/she needs to continue watching it. The screenplay is absolutely amateurish: one sequence shows that this group has assembled somewhere as per the mysterious letters each of them received and are following the orders of a native, while the next sequence shows each of their past lives, their convoluted, sentimental stories. The lack of cohesion is only outsmarted by the way the writer introduces his characters. I don't even know when Sunny Wayne joined the cast. At first, I even thought he was a ghost.
With samples from H G Wells' classic sci-fi story, The Time Machine, the makers have created a mockery of the whole thing, which would have worked if it was a documentary. But who watches documentaries in India?
Mr. Menon, who was lucky the first time with North 24 Kaatham (2013), messes it up this time after his last feature Saptamashree Thaskaraha (2014), a rundown remake of Hollywood heist films, and which had a disastrous climax, failed to impress, has just added another turkey into his list which is neither fit for eating nor fit for preserving. However, if you are a fan of Papilio Buddha (2014) and/or The Last Supper (2014), this one's for you.
BOTTOM LINE: Even if you are an adventurist, Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi will bore and repulse you to death. Beware!
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES