Twin Scare

Veronica

I am not a great believer in the occult. But, there have been times of mesmerising helplessness when I start adoring the devil which ceases to exist without the goodness around us.

But, Veronica has nothing to do with goodness, though. It’s about pain, recklessness, human disdain and much beyond, our hemisphere.

I thought the eclipse and the game of calling the spirits conflicted each other well, and quite imminently, become the soul play of this dread woven tale.

You have the usual jittery elements of a horror flick – A blind sister called ‘Sister Death’ who can see what others cannot, a family which is disintegrated due to the woes of a single mother responsible for her 3 children and the unsurpassable quotient of the ‘Occult’.

But the young protagonist of this film, ‘Veronica’, looks believably naive and shattered by the conspicuous elements that consume her life. With the unsurpassable shadows that threaten to take her life away while having to protect her siblings, the character has some glorious shades of vulnerability that takes your breath away.

The penultimate scene when she is on the verge of being taken away, with a pinch of self destruction stands out in this reasonably clouted horror drama.

Annihilation

It is about the precarious conjunction of technology, vulnerabilities and life. Human beings like the unknown, and they despise it as well. The desire and passion to go beyond limits is our fantasy. But such fantasies of deep rooted resistance also comes with fatalities that could destroy the very meaning of human existence.

A research centre becomes an island of death. People go in, they don’t come out. The ones who did make it, are never the same again. Yes, it’s about the genius of human brain vetted with technology and invention. But, at the same time, we are so immersed in a life beyond us that it turns out that we might never return to our self when all this that mattered, looks so refreshingly curious and menacing.

‘Annihilation’ cannot be termed as a ‘Horror’ film, because it isn’t. ‘Horror’ relates to the unseen, unbred and evil. This, has none of them. Yes, the form factor is relevant and remarkably irrelevant at the same time. Though an impression of invincibility looms large over the plot and it’s equally tiltillating and dysfunctional characters, they still look convinced to get flushed and destroyed. They have their reasons to do it as well, which is another testimony to justify their indulgence in this will-not-make-it-back adventure.

Coupled with some stunning frames and close shave moments, ‘Annihilation’ is a myth that threatens to destroy our civilisation with caressing brutality.

Narcos: S1 & S2

“I am ashamed. You are a murderer”.

Nothing defined the paramedics of ‘Narcos’ more than these epochal words from Pablo Escobar’s father.

All this blood and vengeance for a drug trafficker and a narco terrorist? Well, every story has dual lens and this one is no different. Just that, it was one hell of a man hunt.

‘Narcos’ is stupendously shot in a vibrant and voracious chase of a man who threatened the very existence of the government and its administration. In fact, Pablo Escobar made a mockery of the entire system by throwing stuffed cash on your face. It was all bloody dirty cash, but who cares?

There are many individuals and celebrities – good, bad and ugly, who have inspired and shaped me in the formative years that has invoked a sense of perpetual discipline in my personality. I look forward to such inspirations who can tow me down to the pinnacle of eternity and provide a glimpse of what matters in the end. Vision, Purpose and Redemption are the key.

‘Narcos’ is a breathtaking tale of the emergence of the drug cartels in South America and how Colombia truly became the mixed capital of the world. And one man, rose and rule as the King. We also see various shades of the Pablo Escobar – his violence, his patriotism, his love for the people of Colombia, his acts of defiance and terror, his side of the devil and its evil tentacles. For more than 2 decades, the Colombian forces along with DEA (US counter intelligence) fought hardcore battles with the drug cartels. In their peak, the drug cartels were an absolute menace (not the human kind) and it is difficult to believe that we had such lethal dominance by a man of mere flesh and blood who had no fear. Colombia was reeling under the drug kingdom, everything and anything else was not important except one. Pablo Escobar.

‘Narcos’ is well written, in fact, beautifully scripted and spectacularly moving. It has some of the best written lines for a television series – please note I am not a big TV series aficionado, so I mean every word of what I am penning down here.

Wagner Maura as Pablo Escobar is brilliant and astounding. His posture, the intensity, the madness and the man himself – he encapsulates them in to his own like never before. I am not in to Brazilian Cinema, but I think I now have enough incentives to get in to it.

Few of them stood out for sheer audacity of events and the fearlessness that surrounds the horror of the human mind.

“We are Bandits, my brother. We will always be one”. Gustavo’s words to Pablo when he intends to enter politics.

“He owns lot of houses but he has no home”. Aptly stated and conveyed through the narrative by-lanes.

“Look at me”. Pablo’s words as he shoots down Carrillo, Head of Search Bloc.

“Let them see me, they are my people”. Pablo to Limon as he gets out of the tarmac of the car, meets people in the streets of Medellin and distributes cash.

“After all these years, I am in front of Pablo fucking Escobar. But when we finally get to him, the devil is a disappointment. His beard grows if he doesn’t shave. Fat and shoeless”. In narration, as spoken by Steve Murphy, DEA agent.

Season 3, I am coming.