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Thursday, September 19, 2013

John Day Review

John Day Rating: 1.85/5

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John Day Movie Review

Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand's Verdict (CNN IBN)
John Day', directed by first-timer Ahishor Solomon, is a film that should come with a statutory warning. The convoluted plot gives you a throbbing migraine, but I'd also caution you to go see this film on an empty stomach or you might lose your lunch over the gut-churning violence depicted throughout. The film then is sloppy and contrived; it's an unoriginal and uninspiring thriller that's let down by flabby writing. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for 'John Day'. Shernaz Patel, who plays the part of Naseeruddin Shah's wife, spends more than three-fourths of the film passed out in a coma. Lucky her.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
JOHN DAY is dark, sinister and edgy. You need to have a strong stomach to absorb the aggression and ghastly sequences that unfurl on screen. Also, the usage of expletives is another characteristic that might make you slightly uncomfortable, although it gels well with Randeep's character and the temper of the motion picture. JOHN DAY is a forceful and intense film and the director gets it right by casting two intense actors, who add a lot of weight to the goings-on. On the whole, JOHN DAY is a razor-sharp thriller with an engaging screenplay, high-voltage drama and sterling performances as its aces. A film like JOHN DAY is a leap in the right direction. It reinforces your faith and trust in qualitative films and deserves to be supported. Strongly recommended!
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World (Hindustan Times)
At one point, a character bites someone’s tongue off. I think it’s supposed to be dark and gritty. It’s just tiresome. Naseer sleepwalks while Randeep snarls, growls and takes long, angry drags of cigarettes. Stealing a line from the great American critic Gene Siskel, I asked myself: Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch? The answer is no. I’m going with one and a half stars.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
Inspired by Box 507 (Spain, 2002), John Day is a slow, cumbersome watch that takes too much time to tell too little. John Day claims to be an "edge of the seat thriller" on its poster. Considering the makers didn't set out to make one in the first place, one wonders how convinced they were about their own effort.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Renuka Vyavahare Site:Times Of India (TOI)
John Day, a rip-off of Spanish thriller Box 507, is dark, edgy and brooding thanks to the execution and background score. The debutante director manages to create a mood of suspense as he keeps things unpredictable, especially towards the beginning. However, as the film progresses, the pace drops, scenes look repetitive and the story gets so convoluted that you lose track of characters and their motives. John Day initially gives an impression that it's all about decoding a puzzle or unravelling a mystery at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, that's not the case. It's gripping but like the characters, the plot is way too ambiguous, deceitful and tedious for your liking.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahata Site: Zee ETC Bollywood Business
Viewed differently, there are some scenes of such gruesome violence that they will repulse the womenfolk and family audiences. Also, the entire drama is tension-ridden with no light moments or entertainment, adding to the monotony of the viewers. On the whole, John Day is confusing and boring and has very little to entertain. It will, therefore, not be able to create any mark at the box-office. Its poor opening will only add to its tale of woes.
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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
The trouble is not with the sight of so much flowing blood that looks horribly realistic (you'd be surprised at how ketchupy some of the red stuff looks, still, in so many films). Or with female characters lying around in a state of post-coital disarray. The trouble is that there is no coherent plot to hang all of this on, it's just a series of jumbled scenes with too many characters walking in and out, or limping in and out, or being shot at and huddling about in bloody heaps.
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Ratings:0.5/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff
While John Day is supposed to be based on a very ‘philosophical’ line of thought, I really didn't get the excessive use of religious imagery to prove a point. The film’s background music doesn't help either -- it’s there just for the heck of it. John Day fails as a thriller. I suppose it had a run time of approximately two hours, but it felt more like five.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA
Despite the references and images used in the film, the attempt to come off as an intelligent thriller just doesn't work. Stuck in the middle, the film meanders for a while until it reaches a cross road not knowing what road to take. Randeep Hooda needs to shake off the dust and not get stereotyped playing similar roles. It’s time he had fun and let his hair down for a change. A muddled affair, John Day seems lost in its own maze of self-indulgence.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Subhash K Jha (IANS) Site:NDTV, Deccan Herald
Not for a while have we seen a film so steeped in despair, so swathed in anxiety, so audaciously draped in despair and yet it engages our senses without miring the plot in morbidity. "John Day" brings the indomitable Naseeruddin and the intriguing Randeep for a taut cat-and-mouse chase that stays a step ahead of the audience right till the shattering end-game. For a film about losers "John Day" proves to be a paradoxically profitable movie-viewing experience for the audience.
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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: A unique narrative style, thrilling locales and Naseeruddin Shah. What’s Bad: Everything everything else. Watch or Not?: Ahishor Solomon’s John Day is an absolute disaster zone despite a promising style of storytelling. Roughly lifted from the 2002 Spanish flick, La Caja 507, the film is tediously monotonous and so insipid that it will seem like a never ending torture that’s inflicted on you. The thrilling story goes haywire as the screenplay fails to cement its fiber. A few dialogues are aplomb but the frustrating show is so exhausting that you might spare yourself this horror film.
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  1. no body will watch this movie how hard Taran tries to fool public...because everyone know the standard of his reviews....

  2. wait frnds .. please jisne dekhi ho wo update kare...

  3. uske liye release to hone do. Tara to movie ke release se pehle hi dekh leta hain

  4. Hey bro look if you don't know about previews of movies, let me inform u that some of the critics gets an invitation for the previews and MR. TARAN ADARSH is a well known critic and trade expert he is also in that guest list. Got it! Bye the way I am working under taran sir so let me inform u that Mr. Taran never gave those reviews. There are more people working under WWW.BOLLYWOODHUNGAMA.COM site and they decide and gave the review so please stop blaming and teasing Mr. TARAN ADARSH.

    1. you must be a taran fan defending him. I don't trust either taran or bollywood hungama only anupama chopra and Rajeev Masand are somewhat ok

    2. if u r working under taran den can u plz ask n tell me y did he give 4 stars to housefull 2 n called is comedy movie of the year? how much he got paid by chutiya sajid khan? dat review haunts me till today.

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  5. So you are telling us that all those 4.5 ratings are given by Bollywood Hungama and not taran adarsh and all the inflated box office figures are also given by Bollywoodhungama and taran adarsh is completely blameless ha

  6. All the people let me clearify one thing that the reviews which are given by Mr. Taran Adarsh are based on their brand value,promotion and 1/3rd of the movie. You people should survey that all the movies which were given 4 or 4.5 stars were in the categories of HIT, SUPER HIT or BLOCKBUSTER. That proves it all. I accept that all the movies don't deserve 4 stars but as per all the aspects behind the movie Mr. TARAN gives them 4 stars. I admit that Mr. Taran Adarsh is not the best critic but without doubt he is the best trade analysist of our country. I am not telling that all his prediction were right but 90% of them are right. I should not tell this but indian audience doesnt really understand the reviews of the movies which are given by the critics. If the movie is given 4 to 5 stars then it will be only for masses and sensible movies are watched carefully and this they are given 3 to 4 stars maximum. Got it!

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  8. JOHN DAY: not every day is A Wednesday! Leave it for better things! [2/5]

    The unsaid key rule of a good thriller demands hell of a convincing, compelling, shocking and intelligently electrifying disclosure in the culmination when all the puzzle-pieces get set together to form a concrete ground and clearer & clever picture to what exactly had happened and why? Viewers should feel delightedly cheated at the end not because they have expected more from it but because they hadn't have the tiniest clue in their weirdest dreams about it. Lacking the same, Debutant writer- director Ahoshor Solomon's promising dark-edgy noir JOHN DAY sadly doesn't meet its promised end and remains a 'Could have been much better' effort.

    JOHN DAY, played by Naseeruddin Shah, a sincere bank manager with his lovely wife [Shernaz Patel] is trying to recover from the distress of losing his loving daughter in a mysterious accident. After 2 years, John finds himself in no choice left situation where his wife is at gun point and he has to co-operate with unknown lawbreakers for a planned bank robbery. To worsen his life, the wife has been hit badly by robbers to land in coma. In between, John finds a file that may have connection with his daughter's unfortunate death. In other significant parallel plot, Randeep Hooda plays an angry lawless corrupt cop who is torn between 2 land-grabbing sharks of the real estate business. Their paths never quite cross till the very end...but will it be sure, confident and powerful enough to leave a lasting impact? Find out yourself!

    In his maiden effort, Solomon promises with his efficient direction and an engaging screenplay at some level. He creates a perfect mood for dark thrillers with tainted & toned visuals (special mention to a chase sequence where we see shadows on the run falling over buildings, churches and roads. Innovatively conceptualised and executed. Full marks!), haunting background score and characters that aren't always defined as black/white. Cinematography by prakash kutty belongs to the genre. On the performances, Hooda impresses but never actually tries to reinvent and wears that same angry look throughout. Naseer Saab is good and that's bad when we have actor of such calibre in hand and can't utilize to the fullest, still he remains my sole reason to stay put in the theatre.
    But all of this doesn’t really save your day if the narrative sails in a snail’s pace and has confusing plots & subplots more than wrinkles on Naseer saab’s forehead. Almost for 2 hours, you scratch your head to stumble on if not something big, at least smart but they don’t really care and in next 18 minutes, they let your expectations washed away with a lethargically written ending that gives you more satisfying moment than any in the film.

    To sum up, not every day is A Wednesday! And let’s hope, no day ends up being a John Day. Catch it on TV if released or on home videos…or just leave it! You have better things to do! [2/5]

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