Go Goa Gone is a helluva adventure ride that leaves you in splits right till the end.
3 out of 5 (Good)
| Mansha Rastogi (NOWRUNNING)
Only a month ago one saw a true blue Zombie movie, touted as India's first, tracing the Rise Of the Zombie. What you saw instead was a lovelorn rockstar who turned into an ant, lizard eating apparent zombie only after being bitten by a spider. But filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK take a totally different approach as they deconstruct the idea of a zombie with Go Goa Gone and give it a desi twist that instantly appeases the masses.
Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv (Vir Das) are two dope heads, slackers, stuck in dead-end jobs. Having being dumped by girlfriend (Luv) and having lose the job (Hardik), the two losers hijack their best buddy Bunny (Anand Tiwari) on his way to work, so he can pay for the trip. Luv comes across Luna (Puja Gupta), a beautiful, free-spirited girl, and she casually invites him to exactly what they are looking for - an exclusive underground rave party on a remote island! The party is the brainchild of the macho Russian Mafioso, Boris (Saif Ali Khan), to launch the ultimate drug. But something is wrong, very wrong, on this island! All of a sudden, they are accosted by Zombies feeding on people. How they save their lives is what follows through the rest of the plot.
You do not expect a zombie movie to be hilarious from the word go but Go Goa Gone doesn't cease to tickle you and you are left in splits right till the end even when the film tries to convey a very serious message.
Both filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK unapologetically present a ludicrous and farcical world of zombies, soak them in slapstick humour that is surprisingly so whacky and zany that you can't help but guffaw riotously. Even the scary portions only make you laugh and bring out the perfect blend of edgy dark humour.
Technically too, Go Goa Gone is very sound. The cinematography by Lukasz Pruchnik and Dan McArthur is top notch and gives a serious competition to zombie movies of the West. Even the background setting is near perfect with the foresty feel on an obscure island.
This time around it isn't the look of the actors in question but that of the many zombies that inhabit the island. The make-up artists surely deserve to be applauded in creating the perfect white-faced, blank-eyed, and bloodied zombies.
What also deserves to be lauded is the music by Sachin-Jigar. Each and every song right from Slowly Slowly to Khoon Choos Le Monday to even Babaji Ki Booty has topped the charts becoming an instant hit with the urbane youth. The songs also blend brilliantly with the film.
The review isn't complete without the mention of the top notch performances of the actors. The casting deserves more scores for the way they actors mouth the expletives, the corny one liners and the whacky dialogues it's all hilariously awesome! Kunal Khemu who doubles up as a dialogue writer is surprisingly delightful. So is the case with Vir Das who punches humour in every dialogue that he mouths. Anand Tiwari too plays his part well while Puja Gupta looks hot, well only meant for that in this one.
Saif Ali Khan with all his blond hair, bleached beard and a fake Russian accent as he plays the zombie slayer is something you've never seen before.
Go Goa Gone, in short, is a helluva adventure ride that leaves you in splits right till the end. A must watch for one and all.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
3 out of 5 (Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good