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Times of India
: A group of youngsters head to an abandoned factory, located in the outskirts of the city, to make a short film; however, the entire plan turns out to be a nightmare.
: Ice Cream 2 is no ordinary film and if you pay close attention to the titles, the film is the product of Ram Gopal Varma's grand vision to create a 'New Telugu Film Industry'. While no one knows what exactly it is, it's only fair to say that RGV wants to drive home the point that you can make a film without any budget, heavy duty equipment, professional actors among several other things required for a feature film. And with Ice Cream 2, he has proved, yet again, that you don't need a script either to make a thriller.
The film focuses on a group of youngsters who are determined to prove that they can make a feature film. So, they head to an abandoned factory in the outskirts of the city to make a short film and right from the word go, they begin to panic that something untoward might happen to them. And their worst nightmare indeed comes true.
RGV employs a no-holds-barred approach to extract fear from the protagonists and almost all the actors come close to both reflecting the director's vision and getting on to your nerves at the same time. Dhanraj is terrific as a timid young man, who freaks out at the drop of a hat and couple of others like Nandoo and Siddhu have done a fine job. JD Chakravarthy, who plays a robber, has little to offer. RGV focuses more on the cinematography and sound effects to infuse a sense of urgency into an otherwise lethargic story-telling technique. There's no ingenuity in terms of story structure and despite a short run time, it becomes a show reel of how people get killed one after another.
Everything that can go wrong does go wrong throughout the film, although it's hard to empathise with any character either dead or alive. And it makes you wonder, if the story is stretched far beyond its merit. The only silver lining of the film is the fluidity of the camera movement which makes shooting uninterrupted takes seem like a cake walk and it's almost perfect for this genre of films.
On a different note, maybe it's not the story or the characterizations that RGV wants us to concentrate on. He expects us to see the bigger picture where anyone can make a film without any budget. But purely in terms of cinematic experience, Ice Cream 2 serves as a reminder that you still need a good script to make an edge of the seat thriller.