City of Joy (1992)

“If the journey is not what you expected, do not be surprised. ” – Hasari Pal

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A disillusioned young surgeon quits his job and travels to India in order to find himself and find a way to help the underprivileged.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it came out but never really had much interest in seeing what it was all about.

The story itself seems quite unoriginal and follows a typical Hollywood structure for such a storyline and plot.

The characters all seem archetypical and the only difference is the location of where these events take place.

Patrick Swayze is horribly miscast in the lead role here and some of his scenes and dialogue seem quite laughable coming from him.

Art Malik is once again ineffective as a plausible villain as he also proved when he was the main baddie in True Lies (1994)

This film’s cinematography tho is amazing to look at and they manage to capture the impoverished and desolate areas of India extremely well.

This film’s story is adapted from a best selling novel yet the transfer to the screen just doesn’t manage to work at all.

This probably has to do with the fact that the narrative aspects of books and the descriptive nature of the location and story are more difficult to present on film as they are on paper.

Bottom Line – Pretty boring and unoriginal story that doesn’t work as well as it probably should. Swayze is horribly miscast in the lead role and makes the story even less believable. The cinematography of the impoverished areas of India is quite impressive.  This story is adapted from a best selling book and is probably much more interesting as a novel because of the very descriptive nature of the story where the narrative help exolain so much more of what is truly happening.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Amongst the problems that beset the production were fire-bombings, mass demonstrations, media criticism, accusations of murder, a skyrocketing budget that eventually settled at the twenty-seven million dollar mark, and Warner Brothers’ 11th hour pullout that nearly bankrupted the producers. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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