India’s first eco-horror film on Netflix
Aishwarya Rakesh’s Boomika is billed to be India’s first eco-horror. The film is streaming on Netflix now and here’s our review of the film.
Samyuktha(Aishwarya Rajesh) moves into an abandoned school along with her husband and her kid as they plan to demolish the enclosure and build an eco-living space with 500 villas. However, there’s a supernatural force that stops them and it doesn’t hesitate to even take lives in the process. What does the family do next?
Blending horror with a socially relevant subject sounds very interesting and Boomika runs on similar lines. The film has a fresh and intriguing premise.
The film has an atypical climax. Rather than having a big reveal, the proceedings towards the end round off the story and explain the backstory behind the killings in the area. This elongated climax holds the attention and gives a deeper idea of the entire story.
Despite having a good premise, the film progresses on a predictable note for most parts. The horror scenes are formulaic and they don’t pack a punch.
The film unfolds at its own pace and it certainly doesn’t cater to all sections of the audience. Those who don’t have a liking towards slow-paced thrillers will not find this film engaging enough.
The director Rathindran picks a socially relevant plot and infuses horror into it. But his narration is uneven. Cinematography is of top-tier quality as the scenic locales of Ooty are captured very well. Background score is good.
Boomika has a good premise but the screenplay is a bit too slow-paced at times. The intensity in the horror scenes isn’t on a desired level. The ending is good but what precedes is a mixed bag.
Starring: Aishwarya Rajesh, Vidhu, Pavel Navageethan, Madhuri, Surya Ganapathy
Director : Rathindran R Prasad
Producer : Kaarthekeyen Santhanam, Sudhan Sundaram, Jayaraman
Music Director : Prithvi Chandrasekhar
Editor: Anand Geraldin
Rating : 2.5\5