Omerta Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Timothy Ryan Hickernell, Rajesh Tailang.
Director: Hansal Mehta.
What’s Good: Yet another meticulous performance by Rajkummar Rao, editing, background score and the climax.
What’s Bad: There are flaws in the film, some of the could be avoided others cannot, motive is missing.
Loo Break: It’s just 97 minutes of film, hold it till the end.
Watch or Not?: Only if your appetite allows you to digest such thrillers, skip if you’re expecting something else.
Omerta is about British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and his journey of becoming a terrorist. It all starts when he sees how his people get butchered in the 1994 Bosnian War. A bright student, pursuing his education from London School, Omar, leaves everything to join Islamic aid expedition in order to provide some kind of help to his religion. The movie starts with Omar getting in disguise of a Rohit Verma in Delhi.
He befriends the foreigners to kidnap them and send a message across the world that they’re not safe. In this process, Omar gets arrested by the Delhi Police. Whoever has followed the journey of real Omar Sheikh knows how he managed to get out of it. Entire story depicts this supercilious journey of the life of Omar Sheikh.
Omerta Movie Review: Script Analysis
“As a writer, you want to say everything. But Hansal Mehta taught me when to say what,” this is what writer of the film told Mid Day in his last year’s interview. This is where I think were hidden the flaws of the movie. As a writer, if you want to say everything, just say it, in order to plan when to say what don’t miss out on important things. The major flaw of the movie was Omar’s character developement.
We didn’t even get to connect with him properly and we see him kidnapping foreigners, planning attacks and what not. Why he is what he is now? Makers skipped this entire track leaving a sense of incompleteness. A little 15 minutes extra would not have harm the run-time. Rest everything is almost very good to perfect. The inside life of such a dreadful person has been well explained.
Omerta Movie Review: Star Performance
Rajkummar Rao takes the cake as usual. He is subtle yet frightening, even his slap scares you. The most notable thing about his character was the British accent; he has tried really hard to achieve that and been successful in doing the same. It’s a very complexly written character because in real you know what he has done but on frame you know how well Rajkummar Rao is portraying it.
Timothy Ryan Hickernell plays the role of the journalist Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped and apparently killed by Omar Sheikh. He’s the only one who stood in-front of of him and Timothy did it proficiently.
Omerta Movie Review: Direction, Music
Hansal Mehta with the help of Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s cinematography creates an inky atmosphere in order to narrate the story in a kind of way he wanted. There are enough thrills to keep you on the edge of your seat. Hansal takes a step ahead in the terms of direction as this movie is a perfect fodder for the international thrillers loving audience. The movie majorly is in English, hence Mehta was dead sure about the audience he wants to target.
Mandar Kulkarni’s sound and Ishaan Chhabra’s music fits the bracket perfectly of what these kind of movies need. Pacy, edgy, fluctuating – the background score pumps up the mood adding the required thrill.
Omerta Movie Review: The Last Word
Omerta has enough elements to keep you glued to your seats. Rajkummar Rao is outstanding and yet again nails another character coming out of a Hansal Mehta film.
Omerta Movie Trailer
Omerta Movie releases on 4th May, 2018.
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