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April Month Has Much To offer in Movies

22 Apr

RyuzoBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

There are plenty of movies to see in the month of April. In fact, I had to cut the list in half just to squeeze the best of what I think is the best that’s been released and what’s left into a top ten list. And if you are not one of these people as described, then my apologies. You are just going to have to wait for these films to make it to your home country in due course.

From what looks good in the trailers is all here in chronological order. This month offers plenty of action, comedy, and a touch of pulp mixed with a slight tug at the heartstrings. There should be something for everyone. And if you manage to rush, you might still be able to catch these films in the theatres before May month approaches.

Furious 7

(April 3rd – Canada/USA)

Director: James Wan / Writer(s): Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson (characters)

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black, Luke Evans, Djimon Hounsou, Gal Gadot

Synopsis: Dominic Toretto and his mercenary crew must snatch a computer program in the midst of a power struggle between a Somalian terrorist named Jakarde and a shady government official known as Mr. Nobody. Called ‘The God’s Eye,’ the program can turn any technological device into a weapon of war. And to make things more deadly a game changer named Deckard is killing members of Dominic’s crew out of revenge for their part in his brother Owen Shaw’s death.

Opinion: Furious 7 builds on and delivers the goods from its popular franchise. The combination of babes, bullets and souped up cars will appeal to the Kanjo subculture in Japan and just about anyone who has owned or read an issue of Car-Toons. Director James Wan seems to have an eye for the racing culture even though horror has been his bread and butter.

Reports are that this will be the last of the franchise but should the box office prove too lucrative, expect a Furious 8 and a bigger payday for everyone involved.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

(April 3rd – USA)

Director: Dibakar Banerjee / Writer(s): Urmi Juvekar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Saradindu Bandopaddhyay (story)

Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Divya Menon

Synopsis: Dive into college graduate Byomkesh Bakshy’s first adventure as he pits himself against an evil genius of an arch villain determined to make the world his own. Bakshy soon learns about the ins and outs of 1940’s Calcutta with its murder, seduction and political intrigue.

Opinion: Byomeshi is to Bengalis what pulp adventure stories are to North Americans. To Bengalis Byomeshi was an adventurer, a seeker of truth and a hero. Created in 1932 Saradindu’s noir detective’s tales are spun for the big screen for all to see. Being a lover of old Hollywood films my jaw dropped at how well the set designers captured the look and feel of the old masters. Seeing old Calcutta on the silver screen makes me want to don a fedora and seek out some old school adventures.

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