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Go by what it is, not by what it ain't
on 4 August 2008
Clearly, this is a made-for-tv movie without big studios or money behind it but then, with a film like this that's a bit of a sine qua non. It's not a blockbuster and the plotting is appropriately moderate in scope. Thankfully, this means that there are no cringe-inducing, creaky set-pieces or an overblown score trying to compensate for a lack of impressive visuals.
What we do have is a film that nips along at a comfortable pace with an appealing central performance by Navi Warat and some enjoyable chemistry between her and co-star Joe Flanigan, who shows some nice comic flair and raises a few chuckles along the way, gamely submitting to a steady emasculation as he ignores Rawat's warnings and flounders repeatedly into harm's way.
On the downside, the 'origin story' felt crammed in and we could probably have done just as well without it, joining her as she begins treatment and jumping more quickly into the central plot. As it was, the quest to find the terrorist and the big reveal at the end felt rushed and a little thin. A couple more twists and turns along the way would have made the whole thing far more rounded off. Having said that, B-Movie aficionados will still enjoy playing 'spot-the-cliche' and anyone else should easily get an hour and a half's un-taxing entertainment out of the film.
A final, spoilery note: this film felt roundly like the pilot for a future TV series and it seems likely that this was the original intention behind it. The chances of that happening have, of course, been well and truly scuppered since the leads have both moved on to other things and this is, in all honesty, a blessing. The brains and brawn relationship between Rawat and Flanigan may have proved to be quite fun, but the premise of a girl using telepathy to solve crimes is, frankly, naff, and would struggle to stretch beyond the 90 minute runtime. On top of this, the closing scene killed any possibility of revisiting the vulnerable and confused girl that was the most engaging thing about the whole movie. The ridiculous leather get-up they put her in was one of the most disappointing conclusions to any tale of female empowerment anywhere, ever. Jane Eyre it was not.