Game Over, an off-beat crime thriller

Movie: Game Over; Director: Ashwin Saravanan; Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vinodhini, Sanjana Natarajan, Anish Kuruvilla, Raya Subramanian

By Author  |  Published: 14th Jun 2019  10:38 pm
Game Over
With some edge-of-the-seat experiences, Game Over is an engaging tale.

Away from basic cinematic elements of Neo-noir genre, what we call a crime thriller, director Ashwin Saravanan mostly attempted to avoid unusual lighting, constant opposition of light and shadow, tilted camera angles etc., elements that one usually get to see in this genre.

Like her previous movies, Game Over, yet again pushes actor Taapsee Pannu to the next level.

The movie tells the story of Swapna (Taapsee), a video game designer, who is alienated from social life due to a psychological disorder after an untoward incident she faced some time back. A young woman Amrutha (Sanjana Natarajan) is killed and set afire, while a pyscho killer is on the prowl evading the dragnet of the law enforcers and targetting more young women.

Meanwhile, Swapna is gripped with delusions and is haunted by eerie experiences at her home. This leaves her disturbed despite best efforts by her psychologist Anish Kuruvilla to counsel and comfort her. A video game lover, Swapna ends up spending most of her time playing vintage games and with video game consoles.

Out of blue, a tattoo on her wrist – an image of a joystick starts to give severe discomfort to Swapna. She starts to probe and comes to know that the ink that was used to inscribe the tattoo was added with human remains. A further investigation traces it back to Amrutha.

With a new twist, Swapna who is already in the grip of paranoia tries every possible way to remove the inked tattoo on her wrist. She even tries to end her life by jumping off a building. This leaves her temporarily disabled and confined to wheelchair with both the legs fractured.

With just one person in the house, the caretaker Kalamma, Swapna musters courage to face the odds. Director’s well-crafted script gives audience chills down the spine in the second half. Although the narrative appears a tad stretched in the first half, the director succeeds in maintaining the tempo with good suspenseful background music and visuals. With some edge-of-seat experiences, Game Over is an engaging tale.

Taapse once again grabs the screen space with her acting and proves her talent. Anish Kuruvilla’s role is limited to first half.