Creature (3D): Film Review – A monster movie that pulls out all the stops

As far as monster-thriller flicks go, Creature (3D) sticks to the basic formula to engage the viewer. It starts off on a promising note, and it feels like writer-director Vikram Bhatt has a story to tell. The ‘Creature’ is introduced in the opening scene itself to let the panic set in early. The script has no loose ends and the dialogues aren’t as cheezy as one might expect in a film like this.

The movie starts off in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh, where we meet Ahana (Bipasha Basu). Ahana has shifted base from Mumbai to open a boutique-styled hotel to cater to guests who prefer isolated areas as compared to the city life. The subtle beauty and the danger of the lush forest are imminent, thanks to the sharp camera work. Among the several guests who are attracted to the quaint allure of the hotel, is writer Kunal Anand (Imran Abbas Naqvi), who also sings and steals Ahana’s heart. It is all fun and games till a couple is attacked by the unknown Creature. The authorities call it a panther attack and forget about it until another person is killed right next to the hotel.

Amidst all the chaos, Ahana tries to pacify herself and her guests, as her life depends on the hotel staying open. Another attack inside the hotel sends the guests packing home, but Ahana decides to stay back and fight the monster. Enter Professor Sadana (Mukul Dev), who tells her that the Creature is a cursed entity that is half-human-half-animal. He also tells her that the more the Creature eats, the hungrier it will get unless they kill it. So far so good. It is in the second-half that the film starts falling apart and all logic goes downhill.

When you finally get a clear look at the Creature, you realize you have already seem him as The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-man. That said, the animated ‘Brahma Rakshasa’ looks realistic and strikes fear with its ominous presence. Its origin story, on the other hand, is laughable, as it has been Indianized with mythology to suit the absence of genetic research in the country. Simultaneously, an unnecessary back-story involving Ahana’s father and the development of puppy love between the leads steals the movie of its thunder.

But say what you may about Vikram Bhatt, he always manages to provide us an entertaining thriller, which is evident from his earlier directorial ventures such as Raaz and 1920. He builds up the tension pretty nicely through this film and keeps it going till the final moments. The eerie background score also adds to the whole creepy essence. But the 3D-element could have been utilized much better to induce the horror.

Bipasha Basu is earnest in her performance as Ahana, and shows why a film needs an experienced leading lady like herself. Pakistani actor Imran Abbas Naqvi does a decent job as the male lead, but his pairing with Bipasha just does not seem right. Mukul Dev and Deepraj Rana, as the helpful professor and cop respectively, also fit their roles perfectly. Bikramjeet Kanwarpal is another hidden gem in this film. He plays the arrogant, pan-chewing police officer with such ease, that you start wishing that he dies the most brutal death. And we are not disappointed.

Why should you watch the film?

Despite its logical flaws, Creature (3D) is a fun watch. Then again, no one goes to watch a monster movie looking for logic. This film is an edge-of-the-seat entertainer and offers enough thrills to make sure you shudder with fright.

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