Meet again: Survival dramas featuring women escaping hardship without outside intervention can be thrilling to watch, but we rarely have such films made here. Director Rajesh Nair’s 18 Hours film, which shows how a group of girls who tap into their primary instincts to escape kidnappers, is a film that shows girls can kick ass too, if necessary.
The tour bus of a group of young athletes on their way to Bangalore is hijacked by criminals. As they try to sell the girls for a profit and wait for the buyers, the girls find ways to escape safely and the rest of the race follows their attempts to survive.
From the moment of the hijacking, most of the executives are bristling with scares and sweat, until the last few minutes of the movie and that can keep you on the edge of your seat. Watching these women endure extreme trauma can be stressful at times, but ultimately inspiring. There’s plenty of action too, and the many tactical efforts a handful of women make to outwit their captors may hold your interest. At the same time, a few action sequences towards the end seem too good to be true, although they don’t interfere with the thrill of the story. Actress Indu Thampi did well as a Type 1 diabetic athlete, and similarly, the other actresses played their characters well as well. Syamaprasad, Vijay Babu, and Krishnan Balakrishnan are also interesting to watch in their respective roles.
6pm can be an engaging watch for those who like to watch women take matters into their own hands.