12 ‘O’ Clock Movie Review: A bleak psychological thriller

STORY: The story revolves round a younger lady, Gauri, who’s traumatised by the frequent nightmares she experiences frequently, which frequently results in sleepwalking.

REVIEW: The preliminary scenes state that random people are getting killed in Mumbai and there may be some serial killer behind these heinous crimes. With no ties between the murders, quickly sufficient the main focus shifts to a school lady Gauri (Krishna Gautam), who has all of a sudden grow to be aloof and gone quiet. Gauri begins having these nightmares and even begins sleepwalking, however her members of the family are unaware of those incidents. Nevertheless, the current adjustments in her behaviour seize everybody’s consideration, particularly her family members and a nosy neighbour. Are these signs of pre-exam stress? Or there’s something else that’s bothering this little lady types the crux of the story.

With moderately good actors and a narrative that had the fabric to show into one thing exceptional, director-writer Ram Gopal Varma presents a half-baked broth of some under-developed characters and the not-so-convincing subplots (as an example, the equation between Gauri and her boyfriend, and that of Francis (Manav Kaul) and his spouse (Flora Saini) – is complicated). Within the first half one will get bored making an attempt to determine what’s mistaken with the lead character. Finally, the latter half retains you hooked particularly when the brand new characters—Mithun Chakraborty as a psychiatrist, Debholay, and Manav Kaul as encounter specialist, Francis Desouza—are launched. General, it’s a half-hearted effort from RGV who has beforehand directed horror movies akin to ‘Bhoot’, ‘Phoonk’ and ‘Vastu Shastra’.

Barring a scene, the place you see Gauri abruptly waking up in the midst of the evening and within the subsequent half the place she turns her neck, the remainder of it simply fails to ship shivers down your backbone. With no main soar scares, the movie will get tedious and the length (112 minutes) appears endless. Nevertheless, the background rating by MM Keeravani (of Baahubali fame) and Amol Rathod’s cinematography is impactful in giving some spine-chilling moments that may certainly preserve one on the fringe of their seats.

Coming to the performances, debutante Krishna Gautam is convincing as Gauri however lacks conviction as a possessed teenager. Mithun Chakraborty and Manav Kaul assist in pushing the narrative ahead. Makrand Deshpande as Gauri’s nervous and helpless father offers a good efficiency, too. Although his act was a bit off within the emotional scenes, particularly when he’s seen shedding tears on display.

Should you get spooked simply, chances are you’ll not thoughts this one. Nevertheless, as a psychological thriller that is focussed on ‘one’s believes in supernatural actions solely once they have confronted themselves’, ’12 ‘o’ Clock’ fails to carry your consideration for too lengthy and finally ends up being a little bit of a drag.

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