The Cabin Guard review - A mistake HoiChoi should make more often

The Cabin Guard review - A mistake HoiChoi should make more often

The Cabin Guard is set at a time when Kolkata often faced traffic at the level crossing, when the flyovers were just being constructed over the Lake Gardens level crossing and when landline phones were the first means of communication (unless you secretly wanted to pen a love letter). Director Sudipto Roy, with tableau frames and close-ups, introduces us to… wait... is that Kolkata? Because if it is set at a time mentioned above, then autos were hardly in such large numbers. It was still the era of the famous yellow taxis. Maybe in an attempt to narrate a story, director Sudipto Roy did not care. The Cabin Guard adapted the mood of cynicism, pessimism and darkness that had crept into American cinema in 1949 and has till date kept up with their fascination. It offers writers a cache of excellence but critics will still manage to find a flow. It is difficult to put The Cabin Guard under a genre, not because it isn’t an American film, but mainly because it struggles to understand if it could be a mind game film or a simple film noir. Here’s where Sudipto Roy has made his mistake. A film can share two genres too. David Fincher’s popular film Fight Club starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter also falls in the various categories, film noir, mind game films, thriller, psychological thriller. Director Sudipto Roy has attempted to reach the levels of David Fincher but has accidentally fallen to the level of Zayed Khan starrer Fight Club (yes the one where Amrita Arora dances to oh ho ho ho Fight Club.) Rating: 2.5/5


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