TE3N Movie Review by Sputnik

TE3NOfficial Synopsis
It’s been 8 years since John Biswas (Amitabh Bachchan) lost his granddaughter, Angela, in a tragic kidnapping incident that scarred him & his wife Nancy forever. But eight years later, while the world has moved, John hasn’t given up his relentless quest for justice. He continues to visit the police station where he’s shunned & ignored every day. The only person whose help he seeks is Martin Das (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), an ex-cop turned priest who has one thing in common with John – the death of Angela had a life altering impact on both men. But then, 1 day, 8 years after that tragic incident, there’s another kidnapping & everything about it echoes of similarity with the kidnapping of Angela. Father Martin is once again dragged into the investigation by cop Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan). While the priest & the cop tackle the new kidnapping, John doggedly pieces together the identity of Angela’s kidnapper from little bits of information that he collects through his own investigations. TE3N is a gripping thriller that brings together these two parallel investigations into the 2 kidnappings – & builds up into an explosive, emotionally-charged film.

As everyone knows by now the movie is an official remake of the Korean movie Montage. Have not watched Montage but after having read the story of Montage it looks like the only difference is that they changed the main character from a mother to a grandfather. Some scenes are excellent like the scenes at the train station where they drop off the money for the kidnapper or the scene where Angela has an accident. The voice matching scenes are good.

The big problem with the movie is that one can easily guess who the kidnapper is for the second kidnapping. And this is even more easier if one has watched Amitabh Bachchan’s previous movie release Wazir because there are just too many similarities with Wazir. In both movies Amitabh plays a ordinary person seeking justice for a crime against his family member and in both movies there is a cop who is seeking his own redemption and the climax/twist is pretty similar too.

Amitabh Bachchan is excellent as John Biswas, the grandfather trying to seek justice for the kidnap of his grand daughter. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is ok as the cop turned Father Martin but he is somewhat miscast. This is a role clearly more suited to Irfan Khan. Vidya Balan is horrible as the cop. She did not look like a cop nor act like one.

Cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is good and he captures Kolkata quite well. Ribhu Dasgupta’s direction is good for the most part. The movie is a little slow paced but its still engrossing for the most part. It is a decent thriller but if one is expecting something great then they will be disappointed.

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