Movie Review: Red Alert (2010)
In most Hindi films, the first thing you notice at the very start is a disclaimer which states that the film is a work of fiction and bears no resemblance to any person living or dead. But RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN admits that it’s based on a real story. Even otherwise, the issue it dares to portray — the Naxalite movement — is topical, piping hot and an issue that has been dominating the front pages of newspapers for quite some time now.
Come to think of it, who’d be interested in knowing what happened in the life of a poor villager, living a hand to mouth existence in a hamlet in Andhra Pradesh? Aren’t these stories covered on news channels and forgotten the next day itself?
But the written material [screenplay: Aruna Raje] of RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN is so powerful and the execution of the subject so rivetting that you can’t help but keep your eyes wide open as the story unfolds. You gradually realize that you aren’t merely watching a film on the Naxal movement, but also the heart-wrenching story of a simpleton who gets embroiled in a mess only because he wants to feed his family and send his kids to school.
Suneil Shetty, a cook who delivers food to a band of Naxals holed up in a forest, is forced to join them, when the cops follow him and stage an encounter. Is this the initiation — and politicisation — of the apolitical simpleton into India’s most violent and visible grassroot movements today?
|Good Reviews | Average Reviews | Bad Reviews|
|3.5||“does make you sit up and demand attention.”
– Times Of India
|3.5||“Topical,finely crafted & performed”
|3.5||“a well-made film that portrays realism effectively. “
|3.0||“is red hot”
– DNA India
|3.0||“A gritty tale but lacking depth”
|3.0||“a hard hitting political cinema which needs some serious thought. “
– Zee News
|3.0||“a must watch for serious cinema lovers.”
– Real Bollywood
|2.5||“disappointed with the film.”
– India Today
|2.0||“good intentions rarely make great films.”
|2.0||“doesn’t hit you hard. In fact, it leaves you numb.”