There is no apparent connection between the above two pairs of geographic locations other than the one I am trying to make here.
John Dillinger started from Indiana and died in Wisconsin. The foolhardy friends who started in Chennai to actually end up in Hyderabad, swerved off their path and ended up saving Saroja. That in summary were the 2 movies that I watched in the past week.
Saroja is a great reminder to movie fans like me that if you want to be a versatile movie maker you have to be able to make movies in all genres. Kudos to Venkat Prabhu for attempting a thriller. He could have easily gone wrong and made the movie an intolerable experience in spite of all the stylish camera work, etc. But, instead he made an entertaining movie that pretty much kept the audience glued to their seats without getting bored too much. The 2 unnecessary speed breakers that I thought could have been easily done away with are 1) the dance no. used as an introduction for Saroja (to me it looked more like a song inserted to showcase Yuvan) and 2) the song that appears just before the climax starts (sort of a motivational song). Overall, a good attempt by VP and I am sure his next venture “Goa” will be a worthy attempt too.
Public Enemies – I was mesmerized by Michael Mann’s directorial capabilities throughout the movie and of course, Johnny Depp’s effortless (seemingly) portrayal of a post great depression bank robber. I didn’t know who John Dillinger was till I read about this movie. But Mann has made an epic crime saga based of a relatively unknown story…When you walk out of the movie, you sort of feel bad for John Dillinger – It is weird, considering, he was the most notorious bank robber during his times. He had killed many people as well during this period. Doesn’t matter to Mr. Mann. You get to see a wide range emotions in JD’s life in these 120+ minutes movie. Love, Anger, Greed, Ruthlessness, Friendship, Pride, Confidence, etc. That to the viewer should highlight the challenging script the director had to tackle.
I recommend watching Public Enemies for 2 people – Mann and Depp!