The Terror Live
So the new Kartik Aaryan starrer Dhamaka is out on Netflix this Friday. Its trailer seemed interesting and something outside the comfort zone of Kartik who has so far tasted success in the Rom-Com space. But if you are wondering why am I suddenly talking about Dhamaka, the reason is that it is an official remake of the 2013 South Korean film The Terror Live. And I decided to watch and review that today. Is it worth your time, stay tuned
Story & Screenplay
The Terror Live follows the story of a news reporter whose life turns upside down following a live interview with a terrorist who blew up a bridge. The story is pretty interesting and literally drops truth bombs on how the media functions currently. If they are called out for sensationalizing any piece of news or manipulating the news according to their benefits, then where is the lie. This story was out in 2013 but the current day scenario is all the more relevant. The screenplay standing at just above 90 minutes is taut and engaging right from the word go. There is zero buildup and it gets to the point almost immediately. Also, the film unfolds like a thriller. And what is more is that there are a few twists and turns that are unpredictable. The level to which the media does stoop as well as the authorities is shown unapologetically. Also, the film unfolds in real time in a single location which coukd have been a challenge considering the setup. But the writers have thrown in plenty of elements that will keep you engrossed. There are no subplots that could potentially stem the flow of the drama. In addition to this, your sympathies do not lie with any one character. The “grey” approach works perfectly here in a drama that ends on an emotional as well as a shocking note. Overall, an extremely well written screenplay that is taut, hard-hitting and explosive.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are conversational but still pretty interesting to witness. Needless to say, the dialogues leave a lasting impact. The BGM is outstanding and keeps you on your toes throughout. The cinematography is edgy that truely adds to your tension. Some of the frames might seem odd but they signify the mindset of the characters. The VFX is top notch. Director Byung-woo Kim does a tremendous job providing no respite to the audience. Yet, he manages to pack in plenty of emotions that will explode towards the very end and may force you to shed a tear as well. And the end stays with you long after the film has ended.
The performances are pretty good. Lee Geung-young as Dae-eun has her moments to shine. Jeon Hye-jin as Park Jeong-min and Lee David as Park Shin-woo are both fabulous to watch. But it is Ha Jung-woo who has to shoulder the responsibility of the entire film. As as Yoon Young-hwa he is outstanding. He has so many emotions to play with including a pretty interesting character arc, and he comes out with flying colours.
The Terror Live is taut, hard-hitting and throws some explosive truth bombs on the media. The biggest challenge that Dhamaka will face is not the remake itself but how much of the drama it mellows down or whether it goes all out like the original. The Terror Live is Highly Recommended.