London Files Review: A Dramatic Investigative Thriller

A dramatic investigative thriller that follows homicide investigator Om Singh as he unwillingly takes on a missing person's investigation in a politically divided and criminally rife London metropolis. The film is directed by David Fincher. The first day of streaming is April 21.

London Files Review

London Files Review
London Files Review

In the film, Om Singh (Arjun Rampal), a top police officer in London, is assigned to investigate the disappearance of Maya, a high-profile missing teenager. Om's initial research quickly leads her to suspect her father, media tycoon Amar Roy, in a killing, prompting her to call the police (played by Purab Kohli). Despite this, there is more to the story than meets the eye.

The entire drama takes place against the backdrop of riots and disorder in the city of London following the introduction of the Anti-Immigration Bill in the United Kingdom parliament.

Among those who favor the Anti-Immigration Bill are Medha Rana, a media magnate and the father of the missing daughter (Medha Rana). His life and the lives of his family are in danger due to this.

Despite having a bitter-sweet father-daughter relationship, Amar Roy and Maya get involved in a heated debate about a controversial law, which results in the former being placed under the scrutiny of the police.

Later, a body was discovered, and the authorities were made to assume that he was the perpetrator due to a perfect DNA match. Because of Amar's capture, the situation is entirely turned around.

Om Singh discovers a connection between Maya's missing case and his personal history. Is Maya, in fact, no longer alive? Is he going to be able to crack the case? All of these questions are addressed throughout the six episodes.

What Works

London Files Review
London Files Review

The Arjun Rampal-led web series walks a fine line between old-world visual narrative embellished with broad contemporary brushstrokes and new-world visual storytelling. As a result, I was always on the lookout for all of the hints and twists throughout the series. Everyone will find something to their liking in the online series.

Although the film deals with controversial subjects such as gun control and the immigration problem across Europe, director Sachin Pathak and writer Prateek Payodhi did an outstanding job of combining them.

A theme addressed in this narrative is that present and future generations feel they owe something to the affluent and famous simply because they were not born into aristocratic or noble families.

It also demonstrated how youths might be easily duped and misled by a charismatic speaker, leading them to become mistaken terrorists operating under the guise of revolutionary activists.

The technical aspects of London Files were also impressive, with high-quality production values, excellent camerawork, and stunning editing.

Star Performance

London Files Review
London Files Review

Arjun Rampal, who portrays senior investigator Om Singh, is seen grappling with inner demons and attempting to establish himself and his abilities at work. During the times when he should have shed a tear, he stumbles.

Only in portions could his acting as the tormented officer be deemed admirable. Aparna Pabbi, who played Om Singh's wife, was conspicuously absent from the show for most of its duration.

Known for his comedic timing, Gopal Dutt is a fantastic performer with a great deal of talent. He attempted to shatter the image with an intensive part, but it is unlikely that you would remember him for this.

Purab Kholi's stint as media tycoon and father Amar Roy was brief, but he did an excellent job in what he was given to do. Sagar Arya, on the other hand, who played Arjun Rampal's friend Ranjh in the web series, produced a fantastic performance in the role. After the program is over, he'll be one of the actors you'll remember.

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What Doesn’t Work

London Files Review
London Files Review

The plot moves at a breakneck rate. Perhaps this is why certain portions of the city haven't gained much traction. However, while the twists and turns kept me engaged in the plot, they were not sufficiently surprising enough to catch me off guard.

Some of the plot twists were expected and mundane, such as Amar Roy being wrongly accused of sexual harassment and then murdering his daughter after she discovered his affair, but there were some surprises.

I thought the sequence was less compelling than it might have been and thought it could have been worded better. The storyline is very sloppy at times, as is the direction.

Some foolish blunders may be avoided with relative ease. Gopal Datt delivered a pivotal speech in Hindi to members of an ethnic group and British citizens, and we're expected to think that they understood what he was saying, which serves as a crucial spark in the story's progression.

It also comes in handy when Indian police officers casually communicate in Hindi with a British police force. They even speak in an unsympathetic manner about the matter, even in the presence of British superiors.

Conclusion

The London Files, aside from several blatant and preventable errors in the writing, is an excellent weekend movie that will transport the viewer back to the golden age of slow-burn investigative thrillers from the 1980s. Sachin Phatak Despite this, it had the potential to be as gripping as his earlier effort Rangbaaz.

Bradley Statler
Bradley Statler
As a Voracious Reader, Bradley Statler Appreciates the Outdoors and Being in Touch With the Natural World. A Voracious Traveler, He's Visited a Wide Variety of Far-flung Destinations. From Celebrities and Technology to Modern Relationships, He Discusses Them All on His Website, Michigansportszone.com. Bradley Statler Believes That His Life Experiences Have Improved His Empathy for Others and That His Art Reflects That.

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