God?s Own Country
Monday 12 May 2014
God?s Own Country
Fahadh Faasil, Sreenivasan, Lal
Ever since Malayalam film Traffic introduced the multi linear format made popular by films like Babel, Amores Perros, Crash and so on, there have been a few more films that followed the same pattern. Director Vasudev Sanal?s God?s Own Country is the latest in the list.
A few stories are getting intertwined here in a strange manner, on one fine day. Lawyer Mathan Tharakan (Sreenivasan) is all set to present a new witness that will decide the fate of the much in the news gang rape case, with a powerful politician named Vakkachan (Nandu) as the main villain.
Manu Krishna (Fahadh Faasil), an NRI working in the Gulf, is dealing with a ?hawala? gang to find some fast bucks to save his wife Asha (Isha Talwar), who is in a jail there, following a fatal car accident.
Muhammed (Lal) is a taxi driver, who is desperately trying to find a sum that is beyond his capacity, for his daughter?s treatment. How these incidents and lives get surprisingly mixed is what the story tells.
What usually happens in films of these genres is that the individual stories tend to be too simple and the connecting links are often bizarre or at times, even silly. Here too, curious coincidences tend to happen that weaves the stories eventually.
The performances by the actors are fine at best. It?s not a role that is perhaps not too challenging for Fahadh Faasil, while Sreenivasan hams it up in a big way and Lal?s character is the badly written one among the three.
God?s Own Country is meant for the not so discerning viewers, who don?t think too much while watching a film or start comparing it with already made movies in the same pattern. It?s not bad, but there is nothing new in this one that we haven?t seen before.