2018 Movie Cast: Tovino Thomas, Aparna Balamurali, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Lal, Narain, Kalaiyarasan, Tanvi Ram
2018 Movie Crew:
Cinematography by Akhil George
Music by Nobin Paul, William Francis
Editing by Chaman Chakko
Written by Jude Anthany Joseph, Akhil P. Dharmajan
Directed by Jude Anthany Joseph
Produced by Venu Kunnappilly, C. K. Padma Kumar, Anto Joseph
2018 Movie Rating: 3.25/5
2018 is the disaster movie about Natural Disaster in Kerala in the same year. Kerala Floods have threatened to submerge entire state in August, 2018. Jude Anthany Joseph, the director of films like Ohm Shanthi Oshaana and Oru Muthassi Gadha directed this film. He co-wrote the film with Akhil P. Dharmajan. 2018 became Highest grosser for any Malayalam movie.
It collected over Rs.150 crores and it is still going strong at box office. It has crossed Puli Murugan starring Mohan Lal and it is set to become new Industry Hit for Malayalam Industry. The movie has been dubbed and released in all South Indian languages now. What is that much special in this 2018 movie? Let’s discuss…
2018 Movie Plot:
2018 Movie starts off with Noora(Aparna Balamurali) reporting about water scarcity in Pondicherry and near by villages. Her car is damaged by a transport driver Sethupathy(Kalaiyarasan). He hates Malayalis to the core. Then, We are introduced to Anoop(Tovino Thomas), ex-military personnel and his trails to get a passport to fly to Dubai. He seeks help from Rameshan(Vineeth Sreenivasan) who is going through family issues.
Then we meet Nixon(Asif Ali), a fisherman’s son and model. He dreams about becoming a huge model and has a love interest. His father, Mathachan(Lal) and his elder brother Winston(Narain) are local leaders of fishermen. They dare to do anything like driving into a stromy sea to save people. Anoop falls in love with Manju(Tanvi Ram) and their marriage is set. How all of their lives change during calamity of 2018, is the movie all about.
2018 Movie Analysis:
Disaster movies tend to talk about the calamity and the causes of it. They try to frame a story with characters we can recognise and connect with. But several disaster movies heavily depend on emotions rather than showcasing calamity in a realistic manner. The VFX usage in such films overpowers the reality factor. 2018 gets the realism to the core. The sequences featuring flooding really amazes you with the realism the team could achieve. We feel like watching a documentary in such sequences, they are that real.
Jude Anthany Joseph has added great emotional value to the sequences to not get that docu-drama feel. 2018 serves the big sequences very well. Mainly, during second hour, team has been able to engage us, surprise us and also carry us with the emotional core.
But the film has it flaws in giving pay-offs. 2018 operates on known cliches and at times that becomes predictable. Still, the team has executed the sequences with such precession that we are engaged into the actions of the characters and their rescue efforts. Tovino Thomas, Lal, Narain, Kalaiyarasan characters leave a big impression with us after leaving the theatre.
Few sequences seem to have been dragged out towards the end but the effect lasts. 2018 deserves your attention and it is a very good watch for the execution and experience it presents. Every department has come together in a crafty way to execute this film.
2018 Movie Positives:
Performances of Ensemble Cast
Realistic Flooding sequences
Moments that surprise us
2018 Movie Negatives:
Dependence on cliches
Few dragged out sequences
2018 Movie Bottom-line: Engages and Entertains Everyone
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