The Terrorist details
|Starring:||Ayesha Dharker, Vishnu Vardhan, Bhanu Prakash|
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Mar 2002|
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A stunningly filmed ...By chris#46 from PORT TALBOT , 15 Jan 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A stunningly filmed visual poem that explores the psychology of Malli, a 19 year old girl born into a world of conflict who volunteers to sacrifice her own self for the future of her people. Sivian's 'Terrorist' subtley exposes the pointless conflicts that abstract political ideology generates and the subsequent hatred that fuels unnecessary brutality and suffering which he pits in beautiful simplicity against our most fundamental nature, our being alive in this world. There are many cliched images in the movie but the cinematography and penetrating gaze of Malli challenges us to look again at these images and refresh our own sensual perception of what it is to be alive. A deeply touching movie.
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Why the acclaim?By Philip Thomas from Castleford, UK , 27 Feb 2006Quite how this film has proven so acclaimed is to me a mystery. As someone deeply interested in the psychology and geopolitical importance of terrorism, I thought this film would be perfect for me. However, it just failed to ring true. Malli, a supposedly hardcore member of (what I guess) are the Tamil tigers, is plagued with doubts about her future role as a suicide bomber after spending a few days at a farmhouse. This is in direct contrast with the incredibly intrenchant perspectives of real-life terrorists who will happily live for years (indeed whole lifetimes) within the communities which they seek to destroy. Overall, it was surprisingly weak and I'd recommend anyone who is interested in the subject to seek out the chilling 'The assasination of Richard Nixon' instead.
A Tender ThrillerBy Rover2 from Hampshire , 01 Nov 2005This is an enthralling film. It deals with the themes of terrorism and suicide bombers carefully and beauifully. It was made in 1998, so the themes have grown in relevancy for British audiences since. The tension is built up throughout the film. The acting is very good, with Ayesha Dharker outstanding as the terrorist. She is beautiful and vulnerable. The cinematography is great, it film is beautifully shot.
It is also good to see an Indian film that is not the standard Bollywood romance and dancefest. Watch this film, you will not be disappointed.
Didn't like itBy a customer from Manchester, England , 20 Jul 2005I thought this film was going to be good but it was slow and predictable. The Tamil language with English subtitles and no songs made it interesting. Other than that, not much to look forward to.
The Terrorist is an emotional time bombBy Northernsky (318 reviews) from Halifax , 09 Jun 2005The Terrorist is an Indian film focusing on Malli (Ayesha Dharker), a young woman who is part of a Terrorist organisation (We are never told who or what their aims are) who volunteers to become a suicide bomber. The first time we see her she is executing a traitor and we soon learn she kills without impunity. However a meeting with an older more gentle man and an unforeseen personal event forces her to question her priorities and assumptions. This leads to one of the most genuinely suspenseful conclusions in contemporary cinema.
The film cleverly uses generic names V.I.P., Leader to assume a universal relevance beyond indigenous ideologies and is beautifully shot, lingering lovingly on Mallis, wonderfully photogenic features and things of natural beauty and purity (Water particularly) to provide a contrast with Mallis, tainted motivations.
The shots of Malli are a bit overdone in truth. Sometimes the movie resembles a shampoo advert more than a piece of thought provoking film making and some of the script is a little too florid, but thats not unusual of Indian cinema.
The powerful use of music resonates the sombre mood of the film still further and while it may prove to be too ponderous for many it builds effectively to that palm sweating climax. Well worth watching and persevering with, The Terrorist is an emotional time bomb.
Classic political assasination...By a customer from london , 27 May 2005what is the mindset of sucide attacker before carrying out the plot...
Malli, a girl from unnamed terrorist organisation is ordered to kill a key political leader in india...assume sucider is outside from india
Director carefully handled the consequences without naming country, or terrorist organisation...
Camera was revolved around total silence mode which drags you into the picture...
Malli's acting was wonderful, it clearly states the mind of a sucide attacker before carrying out the attempt...
It also shows how the kids are involved with terrorist organisation...
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