Movie Review – Go Goa Gone

17 May

I’ve been away for a while….there haven’t been any worthwhile releases to watch. Probably most film-makers feared the IPL and chose not to release their films for now. Nevertheless for want of anything better to do, I went with a friend to catch Saif Ali Khan’s latest flick “Go Goa Gone”.

The film is essentially a story about 3 friends-Hardik (Kunal Khemu), Luv (Vir Das) and Bunny (Anand Tiwari) who are invited to a rave party hosted by, hold your breath, the Russian mafia, in an island in Goa by Luna, played by Puja Gupta who is Luv’s love interest in the film. After a forgettable song-dance routine in the party, the drugs make an entry. Our main protagonists are lured into trying it, but give it a miss as they can’t afford it. A few hours later, they find that everyone who consumed those drugs have turned into zombies. Now for those who don’t know who or what a zombie is, they are dead people with only a small part of the brain still functioning and this brain understands only one thing-Hunger. And yes, you got it right; their staple diet consists of human beings. And the only way to kill a zombie is to shoot them in the brain as they have no sensation in any other part of the body. So, these 4 friends are terrified and have no escape route back home and are almost about to die in the hands of these zombies, when Saif Ali Khan, a Russian drug-dealer attempts to help them out. Their experiences in the zombie-infested island, with Saif Ali Khan for company is what forms the main plot of Go Goa Gone.

Well, I’m not sure what the intent of the film-makers was. If they wanted to make it a horror caper, then they failed really badly. If they wanted to make it a comedy, then yes, it’s just about bearable. There are some parts which are genuinely funny, but overall falls terribly flat. The zombies do not induce fear to any degree and look funny instead. While the first half has some good moments, the second half is boring and dull. Of the performances, Vir Das and Kunal Khemu are good, while the others have nothing worthwhile to do. Saif Ali Khan is totally wasted in the movie and fails to leave an impact. The film’s climax too is disappointing considering the makers could have done much more with such an unusual story line.

The film was widely advertised as India’s first “zom-com” and seeing this, I hope its India’s last as well. I would go with 2 out of 5 for Go Goa Gone, with a recommendation to stay as far away as you can from this mindless movie.

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