Movie Review: Warning (2013)
Inspired by a real life incident and a copy of an English film Open Water 2, Warning is about seven friends who are sailing and get trapped in the middle of an ocean after they all jump in for a swim. As hours pass, the realisation that they might all end in the watery grave sets in. Fear of drowning is soon overcome by fear of death-by-shark. Do they survive? Does anyone make it out alive…that unfolds.
One expects WARNING to be a scarefest, since the plotline does have potential for several nerve-racking and edge-of-the-seat moments. However, the genre is not tapped to the fullest. There are hardly any nail-biting moments in the first half, although a few episodes in the post-interval portions do make you anxious. What dilutes the impact, however, is the song ‘Bebasi’ that keeps cropping up sporadically.
The writing has its share of highs and lows. For instance, the escapades with the shark should’ve evoked fear, making you panicky, but it doesn’t. On the other hand, the episode featuring the friends using their bathing suits to make a rope is attention-grabbing. In addition, the conflict that ensues between two girls over the cell phone catches your eye. But, again, the culmination sends out confusing signals, since one assumes that the lover would get saved, while the husband, who’s profusely bleeding by now, would be eaten raw by the shark. One is surprised to see who eventually survives!
Since WARNING is in 3D, one expects objects [and sharks] to leap off the screen, straight on to your face. A few shots have been filmed proficiently, but you do feel that the director could’ve used the 3D gimmickry even more efficiently to justify the theme and format of the film.