Movie Review

118 Movie Review

Banner Name: East Coast Productions.
Producer: Mahesh koneru
Director: Guhan K.V.
User's Rating

8/10

Critic's Rating

8/10

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Certified Type:  U / A
Music Director: Sekhar Chandra
Editor: Bikkina Thammiraju
Language: Telugu
Story Writer: Guhan K.V.
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Guhan K.V.
Story Details

Gautam(Kalyan Ram) is a journalist who keeps getting weird dreams about a girl(Nivetha Thomas) getting killed. After a point in time, situations related to that dream keep happening in his real life as well with a connection to the number 118. Left with no choice, he decides to investigate the case himself along with his friend(Prabhas Sreenu) and finance(Shalini Pandey). Who is this girl? What does she have to do with Gautam? Is there a back story to this 118? To know the answers, we need to watch the film on the big screen.

“118” is his latest attempt to try his hand in the genre of investigative thriller that is directed by cinematographer K V Guhan.

The concept is fairly interesting. Hero getting dreams on full moon night and seeing the vision of a girl intrigues us in the beginning.

His investigative mission to trace her also holds our interest. The first half is racy enough to hook us to the screen and nothing new is presented.

However, the film’s so-called main twist or core plot is too formulaic. Films dealing pharma scams or medical scams and a character landing in trouble due to this has become a standard template for many thrillers.

Despite racy screenplay and the director’s attempt to focus sole on the story with no deviation from the main plot, the big twist doesn’t excite us.

Nivetha Thomas’s flashback episode is predictable. But her performance and the lean runtime are the major points of the movie.

Director K V Guhan, who has lent cinematography to many hit movies like “Dookudu”, “Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu” and “Jalsa” has chosen to introduce a new concept “Lucid Dreaming” (one can go back to the past event for few minutes in lucid dream) but that has not been fully capitalized. Nevertheless, it brings some novelty to this otherwise simple thriller.

But the romantic track between Kalyan Ram and Shalini Pandey is almost non-existent. This is negative aspect of the movie. Shalini Pandey and Kalyan Ram’s mother roles are just like props in the scene.

Others Comment:
The concept of the film is interesting and the director Guhan has narrated the film well for the most part. Kalyan Ram is neat as the investigative journalist. Be it his looks, or the manner in which he portrays the serious emotions throughout the film, Kalyan Ram was impressive and carried the film on his shoulders. Nivetha Thomas once again proves what a strong performer she is. Though she comes late in the proceedings, she does well with her emotional act. Her performance in one particular scene in the hospital was very touching. Shalini Pandey gives able support to Kalyan Ram and plays her part well. Prabhas Seenu was good as Kalyan Ram’s sidekick. The manner in which the concept of lucid dreaming has been connected to the story looks good. The first half has decent thrills and the manner in which every aspect of the story is unraveled looks neat and crisp. The thrills showcased in the film are gripping in the first half and create a good interest for the audience.
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Technical Department

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Direction 8
Editor 8
Casting Producer 8
Art Department 8
Music Director 8

Technical Department

Rating
Story Department 9
Choreography 8
Cinematography 8
Graphics 8
Field Publicity 8
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