Terrorism is a terrible tragedy. Reducing terrorism to a formula-for-thrills situation is the worst tragedy. Lately, we have seen many laments on global terrorism in the movies and on the OTT platform. Some like the recent “The Family Man” blended the personal and global crises in a palatable fusion.
“Bard Of Blood” is, how do I put this politely, a mess. A self-important posturing piece on holier-than-thou patriotism filled with anxious jingoism that reminded me of the bogus self-righteousness of the Sean Penn fiasco epic film “The Last Face” where good looking actors ran around in starched fatigues trying to save Africa.
“Bard Of Blood” is even more ambitious than Penn”s film. It wants to save the world when it can’t save even its own edified ambitions from sinking into a sanctimonious abyss. The actors are partly to blame. While Hashmi tries to remain calm and grapples manfully with militancy and Shakespeare, his other two comrades in arms, played by Vineet Kumar Singh and Shobhita Dhulipala) run around with guns far more sophisticated than the series.