The Keeper of Lost Causes – Movie Review

Title–The Keeper of Lost Causes

Language–Danish

Original Title-Kvinden i buret

Genre – Crime Thriller / Police Procedural

Directed by–Mikkel Nørgaard

Written by–Jussi Adler-Olsen

Screenplay by–Nikolaj Arcel

Starring– Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter, Søren Pilmark.

Release-2013

 

“The Keeper of Lost Causes” is the first movie in the Danish film trilogy titled ‘Department Q’. Based on the best-selling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen the movie is a throwback to a proper investigative police-procedural instead of the slam-bang-chase-two-sex scenes formula that Hollywood seems to have perfected. A routine investigation goes horribly wrong with two police officers shot dead and our protagonist injured badly and returning to duty after recuperation. The top-cop speaks to our returning cop stating that he will no longer be a part of Homicide squad and is being assigned to a new department – Department Q, which will dig through old cases that have not been closed and sort them out appropriately.

Left without an option – Carl Morck joins Department Q, which has Assad a Muslim cop who is jovial and focused and enjoys his work. The camaraderie between the two is brought out well as the movie progresses. Carl digs out a five-year old case of a young lady politician, Merete who had gone missing when on a ferry trip with her mentally challenged brother Uffe.

Carl and Assad painstakingly rebuild the case looking for answers, the movie builds its tension gradually and uncovers dark secrets and presents a villain that’s menacing and truly diabolical. Was Merete killed? Did she commit suicide as stated in the case=report? What is Uffe hiding? To find out all the answers, watch the movie.

Excellent adaptation of the book and full credit to the director for a job well done!

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God is a Gamer – Book Review

Book – God is a Gamer
Author – Ravi Subramanian
Genre – Thriller/Crime
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Penguin Books India
ISBN – 9780143421399

Ravi Subramanian, the name evokes a hilarious interaction of the novelist along with two other contemporary stalwarts – Ashwin Sanghi and Anita Nair at the Hindu Lit for Life Festival earlier this year in Chennai. His continuous reference to the ‘book’ as a’product’ and not as a ‘work of art’ ruffled quite a few feathers.

Over the years, Mr. Ravi has gained the title – ‘The John Grisham of Banking’ and he has published a book at regular intervals and has achieved his own set of fans who love his fast and breezy tales.

I will be honest, this is the first book by the author that I have read and I liked it. Note I ‘liked’ it, not astounded, spellbound or any other adjective that would equate to ‘mind-boggling, spell-binding, spectacular thriller of the year’.

The book has quite a few characters, the central theme is an international retail bank operating in India, big-wigs at the bank who do not like each other, a heist carried out via cloned cards in the USA causes a major shake-up in the bank. In a parallel strain we have an Indian gaming company all set to enter the big league, a company that is a BPO and manages the processing work of the big retail bank. the gaming company and BPO are managed by the same person – Aditya.

Aditya’s estranged son Varun enters the frame and revitalises the gaming company with his fresh thinking.

We also have a senator assassinated in the USA in a bomb blast. In the midst of all this we have a student leader from India who studied at Stanford and now lives under an assumed name and manages a website called Cotton trail, which deals in all kind of illicit stuff ranging from drugs, porn and weapons.Transactions are made using Bitcoins.

A high-profile birthday party of a top ranking person of the bank Malavika, turns tragic as she falls from the top-floor of her building to her death. Was it suicide? Was it murder? Varun and Malavika’s daughter Tanya are romantically involved. Malavika seems to be in a relationship with the finance minister. A suspicious bank transfer is spotted and reported by Swami a senior employee of the bank and he is conveniently ‘bumped off’ in an accident.

The other aspect of this book is a lot of short chapters. This may work for some and others might not be too fond of it. Lots of characters, some convincing, some unconvincing.

Taking a bitcoin as the USP the author spins a web of deceit. Nothing seems to be true. There is a mad scheme of revenge and double-crossing that keeps happening.

How far would one go to seek vengeance? A very tough question. But would someone plan something so intricately, sleep with the enemy, bring down one’s own parent? I don’t know that either. I still feel that the ending was rushed and there could have been a tighter nail-biting end.

Read the book to find out who are the true masterminds of the heinous crimes.

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