Writer: Sohan Roy (Screenplay)
Starring: Joushua Smith, Vimala Raman, Ashish Vidtarthi, Vinay Rai, Linda Arsenio, Thampy Anthony
Plot: After many years two mariners return to homeland with the hope of a new beginning, little did they know about a disaster that would change their destiny.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Not What it Says on the Tin
Story: The Dam starts as Captain Frederick Brown (Smith) is selling his newest book Dam999 as we flashback to learn the story behind the book. On the cruise liner Captain Brown is with his wife Raziya (Burman) and close friend Vinay (Rai) and his son Samuel (Rath) who are all heading to Vinay home searching for a cure for Sam’s diabetes.
As we follow the idea of lost love between Vinay and Meera (Raman) everything takes place in a small town next to the Dam built by the ancestors of Captain Brown and Sandra (Arsenio) the wife of Vinay arrives in the town. The town is being run by a corrupt Mayor who has cheaped out on the new dam which upon opening becomes a threat to everyone in the town.
Thoughts on The Dam
Story – When you look at the story I can’t help but find this miss-sold because this is very much a love story about following fate or your heart what could have been or what could be with a disaster tagged on the end of the film. This is all fine but it does feel very long in places making us lose interest in wait for the disaster event to actually happy.
Adventure/Thriller – The adventure side of the story doesn’t really come through until the disaster moments of the film and with that we get some tense final moments on the dam disaster idea, the problem is the early stages take too long to get going.
Characters/Performance – The characters all feel like they have been perfectly pick to deal with the situations of the love story going on and have all the different dynamics going on for the characters without the shock value. When you look at the performances well let’s just say they are not the best and keep it at that.
Settings – The settings all work giving us the traditional location for the characters with the location next to the dam just part of the bigger story.
Special Effects – This is subject that I can’t really say anything good about so I will be keeping away from the criticism of it all.
Final Thoughts –This is mostly an endless love story of how love can never die with the disaster storyline is just tagged on really.
Overall: Be carefully what you go into this one looking for.