Movie Review: Warning (2013)

Box Office: Flop

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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “Warning is intense and engrossing for those who have not seen such sea adventures, repetitive for those who have gone through the Open Water 2 (Adrift) from the west but still Gurmmeet Singh’s smart handling makes it a decent thrill pill.”
Bollywood Hungama
Average Reviews
2.5 “WARNING has some nail-biting moments, but they are few and far between. Average!”
Bollywood Hungama
2.5 “Warning is not a typical Bollywood film, we grant you that. However, the second half is quite disappointing.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 ” The film is a straight lift from the popular adventure flick Open Water 2.”
2.0 “Warning has tried to bring in all the elements of a thriller, there is suspense, sound effects and the story yet it lacks something. If you are looking for some thrill this weekend, this ocean in Warning may not be a perfect getaway.”
One India
2.0 “Don’t subscribe to Nat Geo? Then this might be exciting for you.”
DNA India
1.0 “Carry a survival-kit, a floating duck and a sleeping bag just in case you don’t heed any of my 10 warnings.”
Deccan Chronicles
0.0 “You would expect the film to be gripping but this one is just a dull bore.”


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