Plot: What’s it about?
This is a rather simple story, but the impact comes from the reach of the events, which is more extensive than anyone involved knows. Malli (Ayesha Dharkar) lives within a camp of terrorists, where she trains and hones herself, in both physical and mental respects. In fact, she has spent most of her life involved in this training process, to the extent that she doesn’t know much about herself, outside of the machine she is being turned into. She has been working hard and is as poised in terms of battle as anyone there, including her male counterparts. Her work has been used in a couple small instances, but she has not been involved in larger missions and such, at least not yet. Soon enough, she is given a very high honor when chosen to be a suicide bomber, to advance her cause on a direct basis. But as the time approaches for her to complete her mission, she begins to find herself and soon has to make a most crucial choice. Which is more important to her, the cause she fights for or her own existence?
I’d never seen this film prior to this disc, but I had heard some very positive reviews and such. So once this disc arrived, I tossed in and gave it a spin, so as to see if it could live up to the reputation I had read about. This film was made on a very low budget with no trained actors, but it never falters in the least, not even for a second. The premise is excellent and thanks to the crew involved, it all comes off as realistic and packs one hell of a punch. Of course, the subject matter should clue you in that this has tragic potential and in truth, it couldn’t be avoided in this case. The emotional and stunning performance from Ayesha Dharkar is amazing, I was blown away by her work here, from start to finish. I think she performs with such emotion and tragic presence, I doubt anyone could have done better in her place, not even close. The brutal and very realistic tone could ward off some viewers, but don’t let the subject matter steer you off here, this is an incredible film that deserves to be seen, no doubt about it. I am let down with this disc, but when the film is this powerful, I can’t help but give this release a recommendation in the end.
Video: How does it look?
The Terrorist is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. I am very pleased with the results here and even without the added resolution, this flick looks terrific. A minor amount of print debris and damage can be seen, but not a lot and much less than I had expected. The colors have bright hues, but within a more natural scope, while flesh tones are well defined and normal also. No real complaints with contrast either, as shadows look solid and I saw no detail loss to report. I am knocking the score a little for some picture jumps, but this is still a much better presentation than I was counting on, although it could have been better in the end.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio here is adequate, but not much else, although this kind of movie doesn’t need a powerful presence in this respect. The mix opens up a little when it needs to, so the material never seems limited, save a couple minor instances. The music sounds clean and well presented, while the various sound effects come across in fine enough form as well. I don’t recommend this disc to showcase your system, but it handles the material and that’s what counts here. This track is presented in the original Tamil language option, with optional English subtitles included, just in case you’ll need them.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some filmographies, as well as two theatrical trailers.