“We all have two lives, the second begins when we realize we only have one”
The above quote by Tom Hiddleston stayed with me after I watched this very underrated movie named Game Over. The concept of this movie lies beyond our imagination. The idea of serial killer, psychological mental conditions, trauma, rape including a very far-fetched concept of after life, revenge and video games will blow away your mind. It is still a struggle to put this movie in just one genre as the movie proves to be extremely unique. The very first thing which will definitely prove to be intriguing is the red poster of the film with Taapsee Pannu sitting on the wheel chair with plaster casted legs giving us the mere idea of loneliness and darkness which is surrounding her. A fictional movie with jump-scare moments and thriller so intense that it will keep you hanging and holding till the very end. Game Over is the flick for those who love a challenge of guessing the true meaning behind each and every moment. This movie has a screen time of 100-something minutes which doesn’t imply to explain much to the audience as to what exactly is happening.
A LOOK AT THE STORYLINE
The movie starts with a serial killer on loose, chasing a girl who is a cancer survivor but unfortunately killed by the killer on a remote land and burnt to ashes.
Later, the movie focuses on the protagonist of the movie whose name is Swapna who is a young woman living a secluded life with her housemaid named Kalamma. Swapna is a very talented game designer but has a deep fear of darkness and she is also suffering from post-traumatic stress which can be addressed or we can say it is known as ‘anniversary reaction’, a psychological condition which triggers a bad memory of the past and leads to a trail of churning thoughts. For the protagonist, the past trauma of New-Year’s eve when she was raped haunts her to the core.
Due to her horrific memory, she feels an uncontrollable wave of fear in the darkness; the first time she felt this was just after the eve of her rape and now this is the second time, she is experiencing a weird pain in her tattoo which she got inked a year ago. She visits a doctor but after a long period this is quite unusual to feel pain on the inked area, even the doctor can not identify the cause of her pain. But, Swapna knew that there is a connection between her tattoo and her horrific memories. She goes back to the place where she got her tattoo done and the name of the place is: ‘Immortal Studio’
She learned there that the ink of her tattoo got mixed by a stranger’s ashes due to the tattoo artist’s mistake. The ashes are of the girl named Amutha, she is the cancer survivor who was killed by the vicious serial killers.
Now the questions which will definitely hover your mind will be, Is Amutha back to take her revenge? Is Swapna just having a bad dream? Is Swapna imagining all this just because of her post-traumatic syndrome? or, is there only one killer or is it a gang?
All these questions will only be answered after watching the movie. But before that, some aspects of the movie should definitely be admired…
This movie is woman-centric, highlighting all the struggles a woman goes through in her lifetime. Whether it be Swapna’s parent’s disapproval of getting a tattoo and blaming her for what she went through or the faceless killer who is killing women just for pleasure. The killer whose face is not seen throughout the movie and only the killer’s grunts are heard shows the excellent dominance of a male and the scariness of a killer which is followed by it. There is no music, only the background score is strong enough to make the audience feel the fear and disgust of the serial killer. The handheld camera makes the audience feel like they are watching Swapna with the eyes of a killer.
Game Over signifies Taapsee Pannu’s return to Tollywood. She is best known for her skills in movies with twisted plots and this one is yet another role which she completely justified with her amazing acting skills. As I mentioned before this is a woman-centric movie and the supporting role of Kalamma which is played by Vinodhini Vaidyanathan has done a phenomenal job. Instead of any love angle the movie gives us a great bond of a rape victim who don’t want to associate with the world and rather trusts her housemaid.
CAST AND CREW
- Directed By: Ashwin Saravanan
- Produced by: S. Sashikanth, Chakravarthy and Ramachandra
- Written by: Ashwin Saravanan and Kaavya Ramkumar (Tamil dialogues) Venkat Kacharla (Telugu dialogues)
- Story by: Ashwin Saravanan and Kaavya Ramkumar
- Taapsee Pannu
- Vinodhini Vaidyanathan
- Anish Kuruvilla
- Sanchana Natarajan
- Ramya Subramanian
- Parvathi T.
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4. Telegram links: https://t.me/igloomovie2019/5
5. Watch complete movie in Hindi on Netflix.
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