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Missing spirit



Rating: 1.5

August 13, 2010

Cast: Bobby Deol, Mugdha Godse, Shreyas Talpade

Director: Rajeev Virani

At the exact moment when a white-faced little girl is crawling up the ceiling, you realize that the heroine in Help needs rescuing. But unfortunately, it’s the writers behind this tame horror film that need help. Movies about the supernatural require an enormous amount of imagination. Yet the makers of Help exhaust all their creativity executing the slick special effects of this movie, leaving the script as dull as dishwater.

Help starring Bobby Deol and Mugdha Godse starts off intriguingly enough, but loses steam towards the halfway mark. Godse plays pregnant Pia who gets possessed by her twin sister’s spirit. When her husband Vic, played by Deol, enlists the help of an expert parapsychologist to figure out a cure for his wife’s condition, some ridiculous facts come tumbling out that put a fresh twist to the case.

By the time a wheelchair-bound Shreyas Talpade spins into the movie and starts mumbling about the five stages of a spirit, you’re ready to bail out. Director Rajeev Virani lends the film a polished feel, and Mugdha Godse gives the possessed Pia her best shot, but it does this horror no good.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Rajeev Virani’s Help. It’s far from frightening, and you’re scowling just as hard as Bobby Deol when you leave the cinema.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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