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Chhorii

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Indian horror tale addresses violence against women.

Movie NR 2021 129 minutes
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This is a horror movie with a thoughtful and timely message, but also one that gets lost in cliches and excess. Chhorii has a unique third act filled with hallucinations and disturbing flashbacks and time jumps that's enjoyable in and of itself before everything is revealed in the end, but the journey to get to that point is filled with too-convenient plot points and an overreliance on horror elements that have been cliched for at least 20 years. Less than 30 minutes into it, the overdependence on "foreboding" background music filled with clanks and shrieks, paired with exaggerated sounds like water dripping, grows tiresome. It also clocks in at two hours and ten minutes, and there are enough redundant scenes to make the case that this could be at least 30 minutes shorter.

Somewhere in all of the jump scares, hallucinations, and shrieky background music is a message on female infanticide and violence against women. While this is all part of the "big reveal" at movie's end, it's obvious to anyone paying attention that this is the message the movie is trying to convey through this story. That message does come through, even with the PSA at the end concerning the epidemic of female infanticide in traditional and superstitious cultures and even if the story itself ends up being a little too on the nose no matter how chaotic it gets. The ambition to convey a message like this in a genre that often sticks to the basic "gore for gore's sake" formula of storytelling is admirable, but the cliches and the excess, more often than not, clouds rather than amplifies this message

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