- Summary: When a new drug turns guests at a rave party into zombies, a group of friends along with members of the Russian mafia must find a way to escape from a remote island off the coast of Goa.
- Director: Krishna D.K.
- Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Horror, Comedy
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May 15, 2013Go Goa Gone is neither a Night of the Living Dead nor a Shaun of the Dead; neither a generic horror film nor an overt parody. The moment you find out that the name of one of the protagonists (Khemu) in Go Goa Gone is Hardik, you count the minutes to the inevitable joke. It comes about 30 minutes into the film to the film’s credit, as a throwaway line in the beginning of the first song. It illustrates what the film’s comedy is all about: using the ‘A’ certificate and a Beavis-and-Butthead sensibility to go for the easy laughs, yet understanding that simply punning on the name Hardik isn’t enough to carry a film in 2013. The smart writing shows itself in the lack of obvious logical discrepancies in the film. I spent an hour before watching this film reading through some of the Vigil Idiot’s recent reviews-cum-comics of other 2013 Bollywood releases, and found myself cringing afresh at the contrived plots of the films I’ve had to review this year. Go Goa Gone, at least ostensibly, keeps it within the rails. Faced with the prospect of their rave party on a Goan island turning into some sort of apocalyptic event, Hardik, Luv and Bunny actually pause to think about what they are up against, even if, as Hardik points out, it really doesn’t make much difference to their chances of survival that it’s zombies and not vampires. Much of the humour is derived from their constant attempts at make sense of the confusion (“We know nothing and we’ve learned ghanta” is the response to Luv’s attempts at Socratic reasoning), especially when they acknowledge, unlike most other horror films, that there already exists a century’s worth of horror films. At one point, Luv uses a technique he says he saw in some movie Shaun of the Dead and tries to blend in with the zombies. At another, Bunny breaks the fourth wall and complains that as the heroes’ boring friend, he’s going to be the first to die. Sure, the film gets repetitive after the interval, and sure, much of the humour is trite stoner jokes (“We should form a Bharatiya Joint Party,” Hardik giggles in the opening scene). Also agreed: the lack of badass villains makes it a distinctly poor cousin of Delhi Belly. But Go Goa Gone works as a result of its charming lunacy, and makes a great case for similar films in the days to come. Go Goa Gone works as a result of its charming lunacy.… Expand
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