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      The Terrorist

      Released Jan 14, 1998 1h 40m Drama List
      84% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 80% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Malli (Ayesha Dharkar) has spent most of her nineteen years in revolutionary training. A hardened killer, she interviews for and wins the coveted bomber position. However, the path to the VIP's assassination allows her to contemplate her own emotions for the first time. Those she meets affect her in a new way; in meditation she reflects on a moment of true love; ultimately contemplating her future, she is caught in a psychological divide. Read More Read Less

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      Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 27, 2002 Full Review Patrick Peters Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Oct 26, 2002 Full Review Michael Thomson BBC.com Rated: 4/5 Oct 23, 2002 Full Review Burl Burlingame Honolulu Star-Advertiser Ayesha Dharkar commands the center. She has expressive, liquid eyes to die for, as well as an out-of-whack sense of inner gravity. And water beads up on her spectacularly. Rated: 2/4 Jun 22, 2011 Full Review John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews As visually poetic and slow-paced as Terrence Malick Rated: A- May 31, 2008 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The final scene is brilliant but the 90's filler music throughout the film was brutal. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Not entirely sure what to think about this movie at the moment. It sure is beautiful. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member The story falls in a few place, and, for me, was a slight disappointment, but the camera doesn't skip a beat. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Not your "HolyWood" typical. But, hey, check it out. Gives you a clean perspective of suicide bomber mentality. Pretty timely, even in 2010. 5 stars for great acting by Dharker. One half star subtracted due to melodrama and obvious conclusion. A fresh tomato though diced it may be. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a beautifully shot movie, and the story of a young woman's personal journey to possible martyrdom is delicately told and surprisingly minimalist, but it's no less powerful or thrilling for this reason. The last five minutes of the film will have your heart and nerves racing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member A haunting, personal look at a female terrorist. Looking back on this movie, I'm amazed at how minimalist it is. There's not much action, at least not as much as you'd expect from a movie with this title. There aren't that many characters, the locales aren't spectacular. In fact, the movie really hinges on Ayesha Dharker's performance. There are shots where other people are speaking, but we only see her face and her reactions. Some characters' faces are never revealed. She is the focus, and after a while, we empathize with her, though we know full well what she's planning. We don't root for her to succeed, but we want her to come to her senses. Because of this connection the movie makes with its main character, the ending is devastating in how much it doesn't reveal to us. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Malli (Ayesha Dharkar) has spent most of her nineteen years in revolutionary training. A hardened killer, she interviews for and wins the coveted bomber position. However, the path to the VIP's assassination allows her to contemplate her own emotions for the first time. Those she meets affect her in a new way; in meditation she reflects on a moment of true love; ultimately contemplating her future, she is caught in a psychological divide.
      Director
      Santosh Sivan
      Producer
      Abhijit Joshi, A. Sreekar Prasad
      Screenwriter
      Santosh Sivan, Santosh Sivan, Ravi Deshpande, Vijay Deveshwar
      Distributor
      Phaedra Cinema
      Production Co
      Moderne Gallerie Motion Picture
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Tamil
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 14, 1998, Original
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $195.0K
      Runtime
      1h 40m