Animadversion: Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol–Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited version of the review published in our column “Animadversion”, iMAGES on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper), on Sunday January 1st 2012. The link to paper-published edit is at the end of this post.

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Your Mission, For the Fourth-time…Should You Choose to Accept?

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Believe you me: the Burj Al-Khaleefa scene will knock your socks off! I am not exaggerating, I am telling.

It goes down like this: Ethan Hunt – Tom Cruise, believable, sincere and aptly wearing beaten down look – has to disable the security system at the Burj, and to do this he has to scale the world’s tallest building. From the outside. With a set of malfunctioning adhesive gloves. And so, the vertigo inducing high-concept sequence, perhaps the key element of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’s marketing campaign, becomes a dizzying pulse-throbbing adventure by itself.

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Animadversion: X-Men: First Class–Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited, lightly updated copy of X-Men: First Class’s film review published Sunday June 12, 2011 in our film review column Animadversion (iMAGES on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper). The link to the published version can be found at the end of the post.

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I Can Read Minds and Bend Steel… So What?!

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Flashing back, briefly to a Nazi prison camp in 1944, a few years before pulp sci-fi labeled mutants as latex-skinned monsters or deformed aliens from B-movies, a young Erik Lehnsherr (Bill Milner) insentiently triggers his embryonic superhuman-genome and yanks open a barbed iron gate with his power of magnetism.

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Animadversion: Thor – Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of Thor’s film review, published Sunday May 22, 2011 in our film review column Animadversion (iMAGES on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper). The link to the published version can be found at the end of the post.

* Correction appended on June 10th 2011. Previously published version cited Odin as “Old-Father”, and not “All-Father”.  Blame the mistake on a bad ear-day.

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Shakespeare, Shakespeare Oh, Where Art Thou?

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Let’s talk about “Thor” from the villain’s angle: People always said that he has a predilection for mischief, but Loki (Tom Hiddleston, looking every bit like Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello) has conflict weighing on his immortal soul. To betray or not to betray, his expression asks in not as many words.

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Animadversion: The Chronicles of Naria – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Review by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

This post is the updated copy of the review published in iMAGES on Sunday, Sunday January 2nd 2011 in our film review column Animadversion. A link to the published version can be found at the end of this post.

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Is that a Ship I See in the Painting?

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Lions, dragons, a big nasty water-snake and minor doses of self-doubts – "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" buoys-up the tradition of British children saving an uncharted parallel fantasy-verse, whose lopsided continuity would give nightmares to any Timekeeper.

As far as I understood, decades of Narnia time=minutes of present, vice-versa. So, when in "Dawn Treader", the younger set of the Pevensie sibs – Lucy and Edmund (Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes) – return to Narnia to thwart unnecessary evil years later from our world (it is still the Second World War here, by the way) it would be decades, if not eons, of Narnian time. Instead its just years later in Narnia. The chic looking Ben Barnes – now King Caspian – barely has a grown-mans beard and an English accent (he talked in a tad Spanish tone before).

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