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Mission Kashmir (2000)

Mission Kashmir (2000)

The movie starts with some beautiful introductory scenery, a still lake, lush forests in a vallied exotic landscape... and then there's a soldier with a bomb, immobile, stiff with fear. It's a good introduction, and it quickly moves into the momentum of the plot. The plot is about a couple, a family, a father and son, about feuding religions and fractions, military, shoot-outs, troublesome relationships and forgiveness and unity. It has a near-depressing atmosphere with moments of light, and moments of injustice and sacrifice, that doesn't let me really appreciate the moral of the story as much as I did in say Chennai Express (2013). There's not so much of a love story in this one, there's more action, and more weaponized warfare rather than regular fights - but there are similarities. IMDB describes the plot like this:

A police officer adopts the son and sole survivor of a family he has massacred while pursuing a terrorist. After some time the foster son finds out what the stepfather did.

...but it's about much more than that. It's complicated, and yet... it's not nearly as complete as I'd like it to be. The characters don't feel like whole and properly introduced individuals, even if their conflict is very real. Maybe it's because of the depth of the conflicts that the characters seem lacking. Filmwise, it's great, the angles are clear and varied, the cuts seemless, and the story has a message to deliver, but I wish there was more! I wish it was whole!

 rated 3/5: not bad

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