Go on a wild ride with The Forest

By: Rubal Agrawal, Vogue+ Bureau, Mumbai | 17 May, 2012

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Director: Ashvin Kumar

Cast: Ankur Vikal, Javed Jaffery, Salim Ali Zaid, Nandana Sen
Release date in India– 11th may,2012
Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes.

Rating: ***

“The Forest” in its vast splendor engulfs, reports the Vogue+ correspondent Rubal Agrawal.

A city couple turns to nature to clear the fog that stretches between them. In The Jungle, they run into the wife’s ex-lover. As men lock horns over the lady, their primeval instincts find voice and they are out to kill. So is a Man-Eater. Wounded by poachers and unable to hunt, the hungry predator turns to the weakest animal in The Jungle- Man. Its lurking presence evokes fear and brings out the worst in the men. In a night of terror, the survival game is unevenly matched between the humans and a formidable predator, which not only is perfectly built to kill, but also thinks like them…

The film explores the intricate relationship between humans and nature, while addressing the issues of Habitat Encroachment and “Poaching”. The script is linear and uni-focal. The unseen danger is felt at all times. The cinematography is lucid and wide angle shots provide much needed visual thrills. Though the acting is mediocre, and dialogues (delivered in English) tardy, the movie packs enough thrills to take you on the ultimate wild safari ride.