Robust Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn owns “Runway 34”, as director, producer and star he controls, with an iron fist, the tightly wrought scenario; based loosely on the Jet Airways Doha to Kochi flight 9w 555 on August 18th, 2015; as pilot “Captain Vikrant Khanna”, blessed with an eidetic memory, he arrogantly doffs the rules followed by lesser mortals; Devgn’s implacably tough performance never deviates, especially when grilled (for gross negligence) by aviation expert Narayan Vedant (unflappable Amitabh Bachchan) and flight simulations; the first half of the film’s technical expertise is thrilling and almost incomprehensible in its execution.
“Runway 34” is softer more docile imitation of 2012’s “Flight” starring Denzel Washington as an inebriant, cocky pilot, whose daredevil, aerial escapades finally approach accountability. “Runway 34” shies away from a brilliant, flawed superman, in keeping with the Bollywood aesthetic of perfection, benignity.
“BLACKLIGHT” (pay to stream)
The world is not in enough of a quagmire with its despots, totalitarians, autocrats that Hollywood and actor Liam Neeson along with director Mark Williams make a film about the director of the FBI (not a cross dresser) but not your average run of the mill serial killer. This is a “spoiler” and one viewers should be immensely grateful for.