Akshay Oberoi and Ranvir Shorey’s ‘magical’ pill will entangle you in a web of medication, deceit and danger
The idea of a magical pill that provides its unimaginable skills has been completed thrice earlier than in cinema — The Matrix (1999), Limitless (2011) and Mission Energy (2020) — and as soon as on TV when the movie, Limitless, was expanded to a present (2015) by the identical identify. For the primary time an Indian maker makes an attempt the idea it and emerges trumps as a result of as an alternative of ripping off the aforementioned initiatives, he tread an unique route and comes up with a web collection showcasing the perfect ‘magic’ of all — one to free its consumer of all addictions, vices and illnesses. At 9 episodes of about 35 minutes every, Excessive, starring Akshay Oberoi, Ranvir Shorey and Shweta Basu Prasad amongst a top-notch ensemble solid in nice kind, is addictive in all the proper methods.
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What’s it about
Shiv (Akshay Oberoi) is a full-blown addict. A nigh-fatal overdose lands him at a secluded rehab centre, the place three medical doctors, Roy (Prakash Belawadi), and his juniors, Shweta (Shweta Basu Prasad) and Nakul (Nakul Bhalla), have perfected a miracle drug that not solely eradicates habit inside days, however may be the remedy to scores of illnesses, to not point out make you really feel the perfect you have in years. When Shiv decides to show it into a pill and distribute it by way of the community of peddlers he is aware of to avoid wasting each lives and the rehab from chapter, it units an assortment of drug kingpins, huge pharma corporations and hitmen baying for the quartet’s blood.
True to the fictional magical pill that it revolves round, Excessive creates a cohesive unit of magic balances on essentially the most fluid ideas of appearing, cinematography, writing and route. Whereas the principle actors are a deal with to observe, they’re backed to the hilt by the supporting gamers like Padmavati Rao, Mrinmayee Godbole, Mantra Mugdh and Madhur Mittal, proper right down to fringe performers like Kumar Saurabh (reminding me of a darker model of younger Sean Penn in Quick Instances At Ridgemont Excessive).
Because the actors seamlessly work their approach by means of Nikhil Rao, Emil Thomas and Nishant Goyal’s layered screenplay, full of nasty twist and turns, and the previous’s taut route, Okay.U. Mohanan and John J Payyapalli’s tranquil cinematography gorgeously operates in the background to evoke the sensation of each emotion, each serene excessive, each gut-wrenching low, each shady joint and each grungy lane. Furthermore, it is a number of little moments like reverential nods to Breaking Unhealthy, the coincidence with Rhea Chakraborty witch-hunt (could not have been deliberate given when it was written and filmed) and a dogmatic system working in the guise of democracy that actually elevates the present by a number of notches.
The web present does have some pitfalls. It may’ve have been wrapped in 7-8 episode or every episode may’ve been trimmed to round 25 minutes (taking a look at you, Shivkumar V. Panicker). And for all the nice writing and route, there isn’t any denying that there are loopholes and plot contrivances (thought not many), which I willingly glossed over as a result of sheer leisure and engagement. Likewise, for all of the pitch-perfect appearing on show, Kunal Naik, who performs the principle villain Munna, overacts terribly, and is sort of an eyesore in the presence of his gifted colleagues.
You will gladly overlook sure artistic flaws in Excessive, for the in any other case entertaining and participating “excessive” it offers you to go together with its masterful camerawork. I am going with 4 out of 5 stars.
4 out of 5
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