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Carbon  ( U ) (2018)  (Malayalam)
Venu strikes gold again with a film that is littered with strong cinematic layers. It may not have the best of drama or entertainment to keep you hooked, but it has a mischievous and teasing soul that will leave a cerebral afterthought. One that is riddled with a maelstrom of deep, intense theories and ambiguities.
3 out of 5 (Good) Carbon NOWRUNNING REVIEW | Vighnesh Menon
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Nowrunning Critics: 3.0/5 | Users: 2.7/5
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If greed were to lock horns with fear, if despair were to wrestle adversity and if man were to defy the forces of nature, what awaits them all at the end of the tunnel? Or is it more important to know what puts them against each other in the first place? Carbon puts the very paradox of such thoughts into perspective and how!

The ideas in this film are sophisticated but how skillfully they are communicated matters more. Sibi(Fahad Faasil) is an overzealous yet down-on-luck nobody, who wants to prosper in life by hook or by crook. He goes on a bleak treasure hunt, where the real and unreal give him a run for his money. This fluidity between Sibi's reality and fantasy is the kind of magical realism cinematographer-turned-director Venu seems to be in complete grasp of. He takes care of it with a superb interplay of motifs, connotations, surrealism, legends and character relationships, all of which add great value to the dialogue between the filmmaker and his audience.

Carbon is another of Venu's lyrical films, almost four years after the phenomenally head-scratching character study that was Munnariyippu. But, this Fahad Faasil starrer doesn't want to be a carbon copy of that offbeat drama, instead opting to be rich in action, adventure, thrills and myths. The film even inserts a couple of musical numbers composed by Bollywood's Vishal Bharadwaj, irrespective of their purpose in the script, in a bid to enhance its commercial appeal.

Yet, Carbon is not a star-driven film either, but a director's film, from head to toe. Right from the self-written screenplay to the carefully chosen cast and crew he collaborates with, the director's thought process is all-encompassing. So, you might not experience Fahad's greatest performance on screen, given how distracting his gesticulations and enunciations sometimes are as the leading man here, but you will see how he does what is asked of him, more or less, and how receptive he is of the film's vision. And the fact that this supremely talented star is willing to undress himself more and more on screen- in the figurative sense- with each film, is testament to his hunger and perseverance, similar to the character of Sibi himself.

Carbon may not have the best of drama or entertainment to keep you hooked, but it has a mischievous and teasing soul that will leave a cerebral afterthought. One that is riddled with a maelstrom of deep, intense theories and ambiguities.
Critic: Vighnesh Menon
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Sreejith M P  Super Reviewer
Carbon is an engaging adventure about a greedy man with a good heart searching for treasure in a jungle. We feel immersered in the jungle and comes out as much as perplexed as its protagonist. Its a bumpy film, that will satisfy adventurists. Its fair to say sum of its parts are better than the whole. Its a Fahad Faazil show. Its simply brilliant acting, and one of his finest. On a visual level, I was reminded of "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" a Werner Herzog film. That does not happen fluke.   Carbon User Rating

Rajoy Alfes  Super Reviewer
K U Mohanan has copied remarkably the visual beauty of the Western Ghats through his camera lens. The sounds of forest have been captured well by the recordist. Setting that apart, there is not much in the movie which could conform to your expectations from a veteran director like Venu. The director should have realized that most of the screenplay was only a wild goose chase and cut it short, saving the valuable time of the audience. Finally, what has gold to do with carbon?   Carbon User Rating

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ബുദ്ധിജീവിയല്ലാതായിപ്പോകുമോ എന്ന പേടി ഇല്ലാത്തതിനാല്‍ തുറന്നു പറയട്ടെ;ജനപ്രിയ നടന്മാരുടെ മുഘത്ത്‌, commercial ചായങ്ങള്‍ തേച്ചുപിടിപ്പിച്ച്, വേഷപ്രച്ചന്നമാക്കപ്പെട്ട ഒരു സിംബോളിക്, ഓഫ്‌ ബീറ്റ് സിനിമയാണ് ഇത്. പ്രതീക്ഷകള്‍ കുറേ നല്‍കി, പക്ഷേ, എവിടെയുമെത്താതെ പോയ, തെറ്റില്ലാതെ ബോറടിപ്പിച്ച ഒരു ബുദ്ധിജീവി നാട്യ സിനിമ..പണവും ടൈമും വെറുതെ കളഞ്ഞതും പോരാ, ‘ഫയങ്കര’ ബുജിയായ സംവിധായകന്‍, ലെയറുകള്‍ക്കിടയില്‍ ഒളിപ്പിച്ചുവെച്ച ‘ഫയങ്കര'സന്ദേശം- കണ്ടെത്താന്‍ ഇനി കുറേ ദിവസം ഉറക്കം കൂടി കളയാന്‍ പറ്റാത്തത്കൊണ്ടാണേ   Carbon User Rating


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