Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship (2020) – Movie Review

Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship is a horror-thriller film directed by Bhanu Pratap Singh and produced by Dharma Productions.

The film follows Prithvi (Vicky Kaushal), a shipping officer, who is dealing with his tragic past and hallucinations. He’s been assigned a task to get the abandoned ship ‘Sea Bird’ out of Indian waters. The situation becomes even more complicated when Prithvi encounters supernatural forces inside the ship. Which blurs the line between delusions and reality for him. Now, he must overcome his past, and stand against the evil inside the ship.

When the film starts it thanks to Ram Gopal Varma (At first, I didn’t understand his contribution to the film, but later realize that it may be for the borrowed name Bhoot). Later, the signature Dharma tune starts, but with the creepy background of the ship (It was creative). The film has a solid setup – a believable atmosphere, striking audio-visual effects (jump scares), and a strong actor Vicky as a central character. Till the interval, I was completely drawn into it and thought that this could be one of the best horror films. But, in the second half, all my expectations scattered down. The story becomes slow-paced and goes in illogical directions. The screenplay starts taking unnecessary turns that it feels like the writers just don’t have any proper ending wrote for it.

The film also stars Ashutosh Rana, one of the finest actors, as Professor Joshi, who is an expert in dealing with paranormal activities. I knew that he is this film, and I thought that this film may recreate Professor Agni Swaroop in Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz (2002). But, sadly, he is completely wasted in this film.

Verdict : It is an average horror film with a great first half and a disappointing second half.

Rating : 2.9/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELcRnZ3kP08&t=4s

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