Movie Review: Help – This One Could Have Done Better with Some Script Help

Movie Review: Help – This One Could Have Done Better with Some Script Help

Most horror films scream a lot but die a silent death due to lack of execution. Help that was in news for Mugdha Godse’s white bikini, also needs a lot of help when it comes to execution.  The movie does have its share of chills but just when you want to get more, the makers sink to the done to death formula of asking the supernatural power to help.

Story of Help:

Pia(Mughda Godse) is the spouse of film-maker Vic(Bobby Deol). They have  a not exactly happy married relationship; there comes a point in time when the couple has to rush to Mauritius as Pia’s father has had a heart attack. When Pia goes to her old home, she meets her past. She comes to know that she had lost her twin sister in an accident, when she was five years old. This girl has come back from the dead to haunt Mugdha. Vic takes the help of a famous parapsychologist, Dr.  Aditya Motwani (Shreyas Talpade). Vic is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and find out what exactly is happening with his pregnant wife.

What works for Help:

Rajiv Virani’s debutant direction is promising in the second half, there are some really shocking scenes. The movie does bear an uncanny resemblance to the Hollywood horror flick, Mirrors.  The climax involves mirrors and is quite arresting.

What does not work for Help:

Though the film is successful in giving you the scare, the plot goes for a toss. It looks like a few random chilling scenes thrown together in the name of a horror movie.  There are some rather conspicuous flaws in the film, like no damage seen on the body of Susan Alves (Sophiia Handa) though she is shown to be dead due to a brutal accident. Believe it or not, the editing is bad, lower than the standards of a B-grade movie. The screen becomes dark, goes black a number of times during certain sequences. There are random songs which are thrown post interval, hurting the continuity. Things like the doctor saying that the spirit cannot do anything wrong unless he has the ‘holy water’ in him, is so passé now.

Performances in Help:

Mugdha Godse tries her best in the film, this is one film that has a performance based role for her. To top it, she looks stunning hot in the white bikini number. Bobby Deol is overshadowed by Mugdha, but is sincere in his element. Shreyas Talpade is okay in his extended special appearance.

To sum up:

Help is an average fare. Catch it if you have nothing else to do, or else you can wait for the DVD.


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