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Certificate: U/A

Starring: Taapsee Pannu, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan

Director: Ashwin Saravanan

Written by: Ashwin Saravanan, Kaavya Ramkumar

GAME OVER is the story of a game programmer who is trying to fight the demons within her and also those who are threatening her externally. The story begins in December of 2017, in sector 101 of Gurugram, a young girl, Amrutha, is stalked by an unknown person, while she’s in her home, then he enters the house, assaults her, takes her to a field and then beheads her. A year has passed since that incident we are introduced to Sapna (Taapsee Pannu), a game designer and a video game addict who stays alone in a rather lavish house along with her house help Kalamma (Vinodhini Vaidyanathan).A couple of weeks after Amrutha was murdered, Sapna too had a harrowing time, on New Year’s Eve, when she was raped and the whole act was filmed. With December 31 approaching, she begins to have panic attacks. Since the rape, she has not been able to stay in darkness for more than few seconds, and has developed a condition called Nyctophobia. But anyway, if her life didn’t have enough problems already, she gets a new game tattoo done, sometime after Amrutha passes away. It turns out that the tattoo had a small amount of ash of Amrutha, which was supposed to be used for Amrutha’s mother Dr. Reema (Parvathi T). But anyway, after this happens, Sapna tries to end her life and she fails. But on meeting with Dr. Reema she decides to start her life afresh. But at this point, the killer who kills Amrutha starts stalking Sapna. What happens next, forms the rest of the film.

The film has a good and a strong concept but the makers have failed to make an equally decent film. The film certainly raises so many questions but fails to answer almost all of them. It’s a thriller that leave you unsatisfied and with a bad taste in the mouth, with the sense that it just does so many things but when it comes to answering why has a certain thing happened, it won’t answer back. The film touches a lot of important subjects but then it isn’t weaved together well.

Technically, the film is decent. Cinematography by A Vasanth is good and works for the film. Editing by Richard Kevin A is okay and could have been a little crisper. The costume design and the production design was decent. The background score is good, but seems off in a few places. Also, the film should have been shot in Hindi as well, as it was anyway being shot for two languages, would have worked better technically than dubbing it.

Performances were decent as well. Taapsee Pannu is great as ever and shines in the film. Vinodhini Vaidyanathan has a very crucial part and is fine. The rest of the cast offer abled support.

Director Ashwin Saravanan does okay in the direction department. He doesn’t do justice to the film and that doesn’t come as a surprise because the writing is bad as well.

2.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a shockingly sluggish start and will find going tough.

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