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Why ‘Monkey Man’ Is So Much More Than An “Indian John Wick”

today17 April 2024

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Still from ‘Monkey Man’.

Any film that confronts the obnoxiously elite earns a spot in my favourites list, but Monkey Man takes it to a whole new level with the blend of wit and brawn brought by Dev Patel himself.

The plot kicks off with echoes of Fight Club, featuring Patel as a young man scraping by in an underground… Well, fight club.

Night after night, donning a gorilla mask, he endures brutal beatings from more popular fighters for a meagre payout that in no way compensates his physical afflictions.

Still from ‘Monkey Man’.

After years of simmering rage, he uncovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite. Fuelled by childhood trauma, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash a blistering campaign of retribution against those who stripped everything from him.

Written, directed, and starred by Dev…

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Written by: Lara Alkhateri


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