Monday, May 2, 2016

Was Rocky Handsome?

Movie Review- Rocky Handsome
Genre- Action thriller  Director- Nishikant Kamat
Producer- John Abraham, Sunir Khetrapal

In the quest of good action packed movies, I landed up watching the no-so-handsome Rocky Handsome. Not to forget the credentials of the Bollywood hunk and once a heart throb, John Abraham, who pulled the crowd but disappointed many like me. After garnering lot of attention in Madras Cafe and producing a successful movie like Vicky Donor, John Abraham raised the expectation level of audience a notch higher, however Rocky Handsome falls much below the bar.

The plot-.  Heavily borrowed from South Korean action thriller “The Man from Nowhere”, the plot is around an ex special force agent Kabir Ahlawat (John) trained for covet operations living alone in the dingy lanes of Goa. After losing his pregnant wife (Shruti Hasan) in a terrorist attack, his service records are deleted and he runs a pawn shop from his house.

His drug addicted neighbour Anna (Nathalia Kaur) is a single mom with a 7 year old daughter Naomi (Diya Chalwad) and the latter is often left alone in the house. Expressionless most of the times, Handsome (as his nickname) is a silent protector and companion to Naomi. There is an unspoken and caring bond between the two. She finds a friend in Handsome and keeps visiting him while the latter feeds her and lets her sleep in his house, while Anna gets wasted in drugs.

During the gradual up-rise of drug mafia& child traffickers in Goa, Naomi's mom dies of drug abuse and Naomi gets kidnapped by a child trafficker. Handsome crosses all huddles, goes on a killing spree to rescue the girl and busts the whole racket all by himself.
The movie ends, of course with her rescue, dead villains and frustrated audience like me.

Reaction- The pot has nothing new to offer. Most of the characters were misfit and badly portrayed. Well, villains also have a larger than life personality, if not scary. Characterization of villains is irritating and overdone. The only saving grace of the movie was the martial arts sequence in the climax when Handsome and a bad guy fight. But seriously, who will sit through the entire movie to see a fight scene?
The first half seems to be lifeless, slow and too dull. The pace picks up in second half, just because it had to justify the action sequence on which the movie was based.

Too much of bloodshed, violence, nudity and crime but all unnecessary, unwanted, forced fitted.
Too less of good performance, substantial content, emotional hook. Not even good songs!
With a funny movie title but intriguing promos, the audience might be bent to watch this badly made movie. Oops, even John's wrestler like body could not hold the audience. Nishikant Kamat thought at least fight scenes would be a great hit among the masses. Unfortunately that wasn't the case.
I can only give two stars for the last fight sequence in the climax of the movie. Does not deserve more than that.

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