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'Game Over' review: Taapsee Pannu carries the film well as a wheelchair-bound nyctophobia victim

The supernatural elements are subtle enough to be noticed, but never overpowering.

ET Bureau|
Jun 17, 2019, 08.10 AM IST
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Game Over
'Game Over' poster
Genre: Drama
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Director: Ashwin Saravanan
Cast: Tapsee Pannu,Vinodhini,Ramya Subramanian
Nyctophobia, or fear of the dark, is a common enough phenomenon but rarely utilised in our cinema as a major driver of plot. In the new Kollywood release 'Game Over', that’s also being dubbed in Hindi, director Ashwin Saravanan has woven together the story of a city panicking after a serial killer is on the loose, with the more personal tale of a young woman (Taapsee Pannu) who suffers from nyctophobia.

In addition, she is still to come to terms with a horrifying personal tragedy, one that left her wheelchair-bound and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The result is a mix of paranormal horror and psychological thriller, one that will leave you utterly satisfied.



Pannu carries the 103-minute film, and does justice to the various things expected of her. Gamer, wheelchair-bound, PTSD survivor, nyctophobia victim, etc., she manages to pull off everything with aplomb. Being handicapped left her with little scope for glamour, but she hasn’t let that be a factor. Following her previous release 'Badla', which was also a crisp thriller, Pannu is evolving as any aspiring thriller filmmaker’s go-to girl.

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Taapsee Pannu carries the 103-minute film, and does justice to the various things expected of her. Gamer, wheelchair-bound, PTSD survivor
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Director Saravanan has also matured since his directorial debut, 'Maya'. In 'Game Over', he has a tightly packaged, crisp thriller that feels a tad too long at 103 minutes, but doesn’t lag. He’s also brought together a number of real world concepts, like ‘anniversary reaction’ and ‘memorial tattoo’.

The supernatural elements are subtle enough to be noticed, but never overpowering. And blending them all together is an intense soundtrack and background score by Ron Ethan Yohann, and cinematography by A Vasanth.

Both of them have brought their A-game to the film, and this game wouldn’t have been over if not for them.
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