Discussion in 'Kannada Film Discussion' started by madesha, Jun 1, 2008.
Rating : 2.5/5
KEMPRIVE MOVIE REVIEW: A WORN-OUT DRAMA
This film seesaws between being classy and lousy. Its core plot is good. It has a couple of memorable characters to which the actors have given outstanding performances. On the other hand, much of the film is made to look like a poor TV serial and there are quite a few deadwood scenes. The first 20 minutes of the film are very poor. Poorly constructed scenes assault you. A bad song drops out of nowhere and stone-faced actors dance to it. If you survive that, the rest of the film has an interesting story.
The best thing about the film is Laxman Shivashankar’s acting.
He steals the show and even manages to outdo the veteran Dattanna on most occasions. He is a real find and an actor to look forward to.
A retired old man is entrapped by land sharks who use him as a front for the nefarious deeds. He finds himself too deeply in the muck. His attempts to extricate himself should have been most of the narrative. Instead, the plot is padded up with some worn-out family scenes and an unwatchable love story. Though there is some meaty stuff in the middle, the climax is again botched up. There are some interesting dialogues, situations and incidents.
Kemprive could have been presented in a memorable neo-noir manner. There are only flashes of it.
For the film to be good, the director had to be ruthless like the character of Naidu. But he is more like the safety-seeking character of Venkatesh Murthy-galu.
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