I can’t quite figure out why this film got such bad reviews. I actually enjoyed parts of it. The real star of this film is Akshay Kumar. As long as he’s on the screen, you don’t feel bored or annoyed. By now, you might have already read about the high levels of style and attitude quotient in the film. Which is all very fair. Everything about this film is attitude. Which does mean that there isn’t too much of a story.
The trouble is – that a style overdose works only if you have characters that are so well established that you don’t look for more hints. The film’s fundamental premise probably should have been revenge. For some reason, I got the feeling that they were trying to make a Kill Bill out of this one. True, Kill Bill has a wonderful sense of style and attitude to it, but that’s because it backs it with a strong, dark but absurdly funny undertone of tragedy and revenge all the while. This film focuses quite a bit on the characters that seem colourful but a few more shades of black in their characters couldn’t have hurt.
As for the reviewer who said the music in this film wasn’t good, I suggest she get her ears cleaned. I quite liked some of the tracks in the film, and they’ve sounded even nicer on a few replays that I hit. Currently, given my mood and the dire need to get some schoolwork done before some deadlines – this is my favourite track.
The last twenty minutes in the film were an absolute drag. They might as well have chopped off those minutes. I don’t think anybody would have noticed. Thing is, I am very fussy about the kind of fight sequences that I like. And while the film attempts to drool with style on every other aspect, the fights were very limp and so predictably flame-gunshot-rip limb apart-flame-repeat.
The thing is, you can mock and flatter at the same time. But that takes way too much talent. Oh, and I bloody wish Anil Kapoor was in more films. (But not that awful Black & White variety…)