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No Way Out

No Way Out Movie Review

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Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

No Way Out Movie Review : This is for those who can enjoy a cocktail of survival stress and drama

Story: Thanks to a suddenly announced lockdown, David Cherian ends up in a stressful financial mess. And those who have lent him money pressurize him to pay them back immediately. The nerve-racking developments push him to take an extreme step, and it only gets him ‘entangled’ into a lot more chaos.

Review: To each of us, the tough lockdown days of 2020 might have offered our own mini episodes of survival dramas. Director Nithin Devidas’ Ramesh Pisharody-starrer ‘No Way Out’ shows how a man, who got embroiled in an unforeseen financial dilemma during the period, attempts handling it in his own, often maniacal, ways.

David (Ramesh Pisharody) and Suju (Raveena Nair) are a newlywed couple who are soon expecting a baby. However, David is knee-deep in debt, after he invested a huge amount in a flaky business deal. As the lockdown is announced, pressure builds up all around him with his lender demanding the money back. He is clueless on how to handle this mess and a weak moment makes him attempt something nasty to escape the situation. Little did he know that what awaits him is a ‘knotty’ few hours in his life, which he would never forget.

The buildup of this story towards its core incident is something everyone, who has survived the challenges of lockdown, can relate to. It often makes you heave long sighs, probably reminding you of similar episodes each of us handled or heard of, during the curfew period. The lead character is an impressive effort by Ramesh Pisharody, who brings a sense of authenticity to the man who is caught up in such a helpless situation. The nail-biting sequences in the film are lined up with his expressions – a mix of fear, helplessness and determination – and he has presented them well to create a sense of urgency and claustrophobia. It was definitely a huge responsibility for the actor, considering that it was just him, mostly, on the screen during the entire length of this story.

The tension created by the film is interrupted at times with elements which could have been done away with. For example, one can’t help wondering why the character needed to have a song, that too in Hindi, during a crucial period. The song is good, but its placement during that juncture isn’t helping the narration at all. There are a couple of logical loopholes too, like the gas burner that isn’t turned off early enough and the extent to which he is ‘stretching’ his legs, during a ‘balancing act.’ At times, the BGM too stands out like a sore thumb. One can choose to ignore those elements too, if his survival attempts grip you enough. This story is definitely for those who would like to taste a cocktail of stressful lockdown memories, survival dramas and a humour expert’s attempt to try something new.

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