TL;DR – This an interesting
spy series which is unfortunately held back a bit with inconsistent pacing and
the flow-on effects from that.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
One of my goals this year has been to expand my global cinema intake from
places away from the traditional English speaking countries that I am used to.
I have not been as successful as I would have liked, but when a new Indian spy
thriller drops on Netflix you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Now I have
finished it, wow, is this series a lot, and I think it might also have lasting
So to set the scene, in Balochistan, Pakistan, a group of Indian deep-cover
spies are in a lude video internet café using it as a cover as they upload
important information back to New Delhi. However, before they can finish, they
are captured by the local Taliban. Before they can be executed the Pakistani
Intelligence forces intercede and save then, not to keep them alive, but to
kill them at the right time and place. Back in India, one of the chiefs in
India’s Intelligence bureau Sadiq (Rajit Kapur) feels that something is odd so
he seeks out Kabir Anand (Emraan Hashmi) code name Adonis but there is bad
blood between them over what happened last time in Pakistan. He instead sends Isha
(Sobhita Dhulipala) to retrieve him, however, Sadiq is murdered in his home and
Adonis is framed, and only he might be able to save the agents because there is
a mole in the Indian government and he does not know who they might be. Now
from here, we will be looking at the season as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS]
TL;DR – In the battle between love and hate, on which side would you be on? This is the question today’s episode asks before emotionally punching you in the gut.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
When I heard Doctor Who was going to set an episode in colonial India, you can bet I was deeply concerned. A British TV Show doing an episode on the British occupation of another country, it is a recipe for disaster if handled wrongly, and the title Demons of the Punjab didn’t exactly fill me with confidence either. However, then we got to see Rosa (see review) earlier this season all about Rosa Parks and her struggles, they showed a real understanding of exploring deeply complex historical events, so I had a hope that they would be able to here as well, and I honestly think they pulled it off.
TL;DR – Emotional, yet funny, Completely relatable, yet deeply personal, a look into what makes us who we are.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
So The Big Sick was one of those delightful films where I knew nothing about it before I went to see it, which is rare in a time where not only are movie trailers plastered everywhere, but they routinely spoil the films they are promoting. To be fair I had seen one clip, the Thanksgiving Day parade, and you could infer things from the poster, but in this day and age that’s as close to not knowing as you can get. Also, I was going to give this one a pass because I’ve not found the Rom-Com genre to be anything but rehashes of the same material, for years now. So I was completely surprised, because The Big Sick turned out to be nothing like the film I was expecting to see, I’ve not been this surprised since The Dressmaker (review).