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The Devil All The Time Movie Review: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson Embrace the Darkness in This Disturbing Netflix Drama That’s Not for the Faint-Hearted!

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The Devil All The Time Movie Review: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson Embrace the Darkness in This Disturbing Netflix Drama That’s Not for the Faint-Hearted!

The Devil All The Time Movie Review: Netflix’s new film has the distinction of bringing Spider-Man, Winter Soldier, Batman (well, upcoming), John Connor, Dudley Dursley and Pennywise the Clown under one roof. But The Devil All The Time stays away from the kiddie charm of Spidey’s MCU, though there is a memorable scene involving spiders. It is grittier than Batman’s Gotham. Actually, in the Ohio town of Knockemstiff (apt name, indeed!) where most of the events in the film are set, Pennywise would found himself more at home. The Devil All The Time Movie: Review, Plot, Cast, Trailer, Everything You Need to Know About Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson’s Netflix Film.

Directed by Antonio Campos, on a screenplay written by him and his brother Paulo Campos, The Devil All The Time is based on a novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock. Pollock also serves as a narrator in the film, his gruff voice explaining the psyche of several of the characters, while also spoiling some of their fates much in advance.

The Devil All The Time moves from 1945 to 1957 to some specific period ahead, as it delves into the curses of blind belief of Catholicism (though you can relate it to any other religion), abusive nature of humans, and serial killers. Nearly all the characters you meet have bent towards the dark side or are pretty unlikeable.

The only who is tethering on the edge of darkness is the one you are supposed to root for, and that’s Arwin (Tom Holland). Orphaned at a young age, Arwin is protective of his step-sister Lenora (Eliza Scanlen), another orphan. Lenora had inherited the piety of her dead parents (Mia Wasikowska and Harry Melling), both losing their lives to the insanity of blind beliefs.

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Arwin himself is haunted by his past demons, of being raised by an abusive father Willard (Bill Skarsgard), a WWII vet who was guilted by his killing of a mortally wounded fellow soldier, and later his wife’s (Haley Bennett) demise to cancer. In his manic state, Willard had even killed a young Arwin’s dog, before he committed suicide. Arwin, still troubled by what his father, continues to follow some of his teachings – like how to handle bullies.

Less likeable than Arwin and Lenora are the other main characters we meet. There is the corrupt Sheriff Bodecker (Sebastian Stan) of Meade, who wants to stay in power, even if it means murdering people. He has a younger sister Sandy (Riley Keough) and her husband, Carl (Jason Clarke). Unknown to him, they are both serial killers, with Sandy seducing and having sex with hitchhikers, and Carl photographing them in the act and later brutally murdering the victims. Or as they call them, ‘models’.

Finally, there is the new preacher in Knockemstiff, Preston (Robert Pattinson), whose good looks and silver tongue are facade for his regular sins of having sexual relations with underage girls.

With so much darkness in there, The Devil All Time is definitely not for the faint-hearted. There are enough violence, perversions, murders, and blasphemous activities on display, that you hope for one character to not be so nihilistic. Bad luck there! The tone is often depressing and bleak. Things are so grim that even when the film ends on a hopeful note, you really wonder if something bad is happening when the credits are rolling.

For a film that has most of the characters obsessed with God, there is plenty for Devil to play around. Kind of what we are seeing in the real world too.

The Devil All The Time starts off slow and remains so till the third act happens. We jump from one timeline to another, the focus shifts from one character to another, and it takes more than forty minutes for Tom Holland to make his entry, and Pattinson takes even more time to do so. The good thing is that even if the characters are pretty dislikable, they are distinct and interesting, with actors putting up some fine performances. Campos’ direction gives the film a brooding feel that is consistent throughout.

The bad thing is that we really need to have patience with the unfocussed narrative, with the runtime of 138 coming taxing at several occasions. Despite the languorous pacing, a couple of characters still don’t really get fleshed out, Especially that of Carl’s and Bodecker’s.

The third act, beginning with the killing of a crucial main character, spruces up the proceedings as Arwin finally embraces his dark side. The arcs of all the main characters get merged and some of them get their just desserts, in a way that Tarantino would be proud.

Even when things don’t really roll, the performances come off as a saving grace. It’s a terrific turn from Tom Holland, in perhaps his most mature role to date. Holland, still keeping vestiges of his usual boyish charm, keeps us on the edge with an act that makes us pray that he doesn’t go too much on the dark side. Tom Holland in Talks to Join Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 10?

Robert Pattinson is approps creepy in a character that proves evil can come in a handsome wrapping. Bill Skarsgard owns the first act of the film with a troubled act that reminded me often of Bill Paxton in Frailty. Stan Sebastian, Jason Clarke, Riley Keough all deliver the goods. Mia Wasikowska and Harry Melling leave their marks in their smaller roles; Melling, especially incredible in his intro scene in the church.

Yay!

– The Performances

– The Third Act

Nay!

– Slow Pacing

– A Couple of Under-Developed Main Characters

Final Thoughts

The Devil All The Time is bleak, often intense and unlikeable in a very deliberate way. And it is this dark pessimism that attracts you, apart from the excellent cast and the performances, even when things aren’t really moving. The Devil All The Time is streaming on Netflix.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 16, 2020 05:00 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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NCB Says No Link Between Drug Probe and Karan Johar’s July 2019 Party

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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday confirmed that the agency is not probing the alleged ‘drug party’ video posted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, adding that their focus is on the drug-related investigation surrounding the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Sonu Nigam Slams Cyber Police After Ministry of Labour Retweets Tasteless Joke on Deepika Padukone From Fake Account of the Singer (Watch Video).

The video was posted on July 28, 2019, by Johar that shows several Bollywood celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Vickey Kaushal present at the party that took place at his residence.

Later Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa demanded an investigation on the matter of celebrities’ involvement in the consumption of drugs. Karan Johar Issues Statement Slamming Rumours of Drug Abuse, Clarifies Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra Are Not Associated With Dharma.

On Saturday during a press address, asked if NCB plans to summon Johar over the alleged ‘drug party’ video that has surfaced, Mutha Ashok Jain, NCB South-Western Region Deputy Director-General told the media: “No, there is no connection of that said video with this case.”

There were speculations in the media that Johar might be summoned by the NCB on the matter. Was Vicky Kaushal on Dope or Just Ill? Karan Johar Reveals What Really Happened at His Controversial Party – Watch Video.

However, Jain confirmed that no fresh summons have been sent to any other film personality in the case.

On Saturday Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan were grilled by the NCB.

Kshitij Ravi Prasad, a former executive of Johar’s production house Dharma Productions has been arrested by the NCB on Saturday.

Till date, Jain said, 18 to 19 persons have been arrested in connection as part of the probe into the death of Sushant, who was found dead at his Bandra home on June 14.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 27, 2020 12:17 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bollywood Drug Probe: NCB Seizes Mobile Phones of Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone

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Bollywood Drug Probe: NCB Seizes Mobile Phones of Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which quizzed Bollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and fashion designer Simone Khambatta on Friday and Saturday in connection with the drugs case related to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has seized their mobile phones. Bollywood Drug Probe: Rakul Preet Singh Moves Delhi HC Seeking Ban On Media for Coverage on Her.

An NCB source said, “The phones of Deepika, Karishma, Rakul and Khambatta have been seized by the NCB under the Indian Evidence Act.”

The development came after the questioning of Deepika and Karishma on Saturday, and Rakul and Khambatta on Friday for several hours.

The NCB questioned Deepika for over five hours on Saturday and Rakul for over four hours on Friday. Bollywood Drug Probe: Deepika Padukone and Other Celebs’ Cars Being Chased by Media Houses Prompts Mumbai Police To Issue Stern Warning.

Meanwhile, Karishma was questioned for two consecutive days on Friday amd Saturday, while Khambatta was grilled on Friday.

The agency collected their phones as the alleged ‘drug’ chats were made using the same phones, the source said.

The source also said that the NCB has collected the phone of Sushant’s former talent manager Jaya Saha.

Besides Deepika, Rakul, Khambatta and Karishma, the NCB also questioned Bollywood actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan on Saturday for several hours.

The NCB has registered a case on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it found alleged chats of Deepika with her former manager in 2017 discussing drugs.

The phones of Rakul and Khambatta were seized as both of them are close friends of Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested earlier this month after three days of questioning.

Besides Rhea, the NCB has also arrested her brother Showik and 17 others in connection with the case.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 27, 2020 12:10 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bollywood Drug Probe: Rakul Preet Singh Moves Delhi HC Seeking Ban On Media for Coverage on Her

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Bollywood Drug Probe: Rakul Preet Singh Moves Delhi HC Seeking Ban On Media for Coverage on Her

Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh has moved the Delhi High Court seeking urgent interim directions from the court restraining media from running shows or publishing articles against her in connection with the drug probe which emerged out following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The matter is likely to come up for hearing in the coming week. SSR Case: Delhi High Court Tells Centre to Respond to Rakul Preet’s Plea Against Media Reports Linking Her to Rhea Chakraborty’s Drug Probe.

The petition filed through advocates Himanshu Yadav, Aman Hingorani and Shweta Hingorani claims that Rakul Preet has been in Hyderabad for a film shoot and was shocked to see media reports in the evening of September 29 to the effect that the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai has summoned her to appear before it in Mumbai on September 24 in connection with the ongoing investigation in the Rhea Chakraborty’s drugs case.

“…the Petitioner had received no such summons from the NCB at either of her Hyderabad or Mumbai addresses, and accordingly she remained in Hyderabad. The Petitioner’s father, Col. Kulvinder Singh (Retd), decided to take the morning flight on 24.9.2020 to Mumbai from Hyderabad to ascertain the truth of such reports,” the plea said. Bollywood Drug Probe: Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone’s Manager Karishma Prakash Reach NCB Office.

“…however, from the evening of 23.9.2020 itself, the media started running fake news to the effect that the Petitioner, who was in Hyderabad, had supposedly reached Mumbai on the evening of 23.9.2020 for the NCB investigation,” it said further.

It added that around 11.20 a.m. on September 24, the Petitioner received summons under Section 67 of the NDPS Act dated September 23 through WhatsApp in Hyderabad which said that she had to appear in person before the NCB, Mumbai at 10 a.m. on September 24.

It is from the email dated September 24 from the NCB that the Petitioner learnt that case in which she has been required to appear has been registered as Crime No. MZU/NCB/15/2020, the plea said.

Earlier this month, Rakul had approached the High Court seeking its direction in order to ask the media not to telecast, publish or circulate on the TV channels, cable, print or social media, as the case may be, any content in the context of Actress Rhea Chakraborty’s narcotic drugs case that maligns or slanders the Petitioner or which contains anything defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths in respect of the Petitioner, or to use sensational headlines, photographs, video-footage or social media links which invade the privacy of the Petitioner.

While issuing notice on the said plea, a single-judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Navin Chawla had said, “There has to be some restraint. Media gets to know info even before the officers themselves. Reputations are getting tarnished.”

“It is hoped that media houses and TV channels would show restraint and abide by the Program Code and other guidelines while making any report in connection with Rakul Preet Singh,” the bench had said further.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 27, 2020 12:02 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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