Movie review : 'Warning 3D'

Shubhra Gupta Posted online: Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : Cast: Santosh Barmola, Manjari Fadnis, Varun Sharma, Madhurima Tuli, Suzana Rodrigues, Sumit Suri

Director: Gurmmeet Singh

The Indian Express rating: *1/2

A bunch of old friends finds themselves stranded in the middle of an ocean. Their sleek craft bobs tantalisingly near, but is inaccessible. There is a crying baby on board, all alone. Tensions from the past boil over as they try keeping calm. And there is a predator in the water, circling closer. Will they make it ?

I have a big downer on 3D, but I have to admit that the glasses I got to wear during the screening didnít turn everything hideously dark. Warning starts off with some promise, as the friends gather together on the deck, reliving their madcap school days, and back-slapping each other. In short order, they are all splashing happily in the water, including a buxom bikinied babe, a new addition to the old gang. And then the troubles begin.

It is a familiar theme, this group of people battling the elements, especially when you have a fin slicing through the waves, sensing blood. And initially you do start getting a little worried for this panic-stricken gang, especially because it has a helpless baby to protect. One of the friends is petrified of water, another has abandonment issues, a third hasnít done as well as the others, a fourth needs to overcome unrequited love: these details give the characters a bit of a backstory, but as they start getting all emotional and confessional, you want to remind them that they are in not in a manicured pool, but in grave peril of drowning or being chewed up by sharks.

The final straw are the songs. Okay, no one sings as they fight the waves. But the songs becalm all action, and we are treated to placid panoramic views of the sky and the sea. There are a couple of scary moments, but no relentless stretches of heart-in-mouth terror, the kind that binds this kind of thriller. Even the shark waits politely for the song to end before launching forth.

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com