Game Over is all about Sapna (Taapsee Pannu), who is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and has a phobia for darkness. She stays all alone in a bungalow in Gurugram in the company of her housekeeper and sole companion Kalamma (Vinodhini Vaidyanathan).
Sapna is a stay at home game designer and as the story progress, the virtual world and the world she lives in starts to merge. Now if all the spookiness was not enough, we are even introduced to a gruesome murder of another woman (Sanchana Natarajan) who happens to live in Sapna's neighbourhood.
We see women being battered, bruised and abused and that's where the film tests your patience. Guess director Ashwin Saravanan has tried to push things a tad bit too much. To me the visuals are disturbing and after a point, one feels claustrophobic.
The background score does play a very important part of the telling of this film, but at times it overpowers the visuals and distracts instead of enhancing the scenes. Game Over starts as a murder mystery but ends up becoming a psychological thriller, something that I found confusing.
Game Over reminded me if the Ram Gopal Verma's cult thriller Kaun (1999), but the only downer about Game Over is in its writing. The film drags after a point and there is no respite. The makers have tried hard to make the film as hard-hitting as possible, bud sadly the second half is just all over the place.
However, one must applaud Taapsee Pannu for carrying the film on her shoulders. Had the writers been on her side, Game Over could have been a classic. One also needs to mention Vinodhini Vaidyanathan for belting out a sincere performance. This film is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual and has been dubbed in Hindi.
All in all, Game Over is a film that will find a limited audience as it leaves you high and dry. This one is not for someone who is looking at a wholesome thriller as there are lots of threads that are left undone.
Rating: Two And A Half