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Forrest Review

Forrest Rating: 2.5/5

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Forrest Movie Review

Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site: CNN IBN

At 80-odd minutes, The Forest maintains a brisk pace, derailed only when the protagonists indulge in those corny ‘relationship conversations’ that yield no major breakthroughs anyway. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Ashvin Kumar’s The Forest. It’s worth watching purely for its chilling animal scenes, and for a nicely done pre-credits sequence involving three young kids playing hide-and-seek in the woods.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shaikh Ayaz Site: Rediff

What really work are the thrill elements. Kumar has a flair for suspense and visuals. The predator-on-the-prowl scenes are filmed with patience and panache but they come too late, by the time the damage had been inflicted. However, what does more harm to The Forest is its idea of driving home the point of man’s cruelty towards animal which runs opposite to its treatment of human relationships. If only Kumar had established and probed more of the beastly side of man, The Forest could have been something. After all, isn’t ‘man is the worst animal’ at the core of this movie?

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:TNN Site: Times Of India

The Forest has gorgeous jungle imagery captured by wildlife filmmakers and BAFTA winner Rajesh and Naresh Bedi. Some sequences are stunning – clouds like clotted cream glide silkily over the moon, a leopard flashes by for a second in a beer bottle, man and beast face each other upon a tree. As the four battle their own selves – with Pritam on a futile shikaar, Radha and Abhishek have sizzling s** that Arjun walks in on – and the leopard, the tension builds. Directed by Ashvin Kumar – whose short film Little Terrorist was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 – The Forest features excellent sound design, silences resounding with unknown dangers, music silken but unobtrusive. The acting picks up and a final reconciliation’s moving – even with that leopard scratching at a door just behind. Framing what happens when poaching turns beasts into man-eaters, The Forest is a warning that should be watched.

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