Monday, August 20, 2012

Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger

The basic theme of the movie is a spy, who is fearless,  on the run from two spy agencies namely RAW and ISI. The spy is named Tiger(Salman Khan). But as I sit through the movie, there are only two things which greatly disappoints me. The first is we cannot produce an engaging thriller despite the potential of reaping the returns with a star like Salman Khan. The second is more disconcerting. What is a love story doing in the middle of a spy thriller? Can't we write a decent spy story without an element of love?

When Tiger is sent on a reconnaissance mission to observe a nuclear scientist(Roshan Seth), his life changes as soon as he sees Zoya(Katrina Kaif). I honestly don't understand why his life has to change. He is constantly traveling to exotic places in the world, jumping across rooftops and firing guns while in any state of motion. The only thing he lacks is the martini, oh yeah the shaken one, and the gorgeous girls in the bikini. Then, the movies work in mysterious ways and hence the need for him to change. That is where the chase begins.

Kabir Khan has two successes under his belt. In both the previous movies, emotion played a strong role. In the second one, he created a greater canvas with a lot of CG wizardry. In this movie, he goes beyond with CG and stunts choreographed by an international crew. But an international crew is no a sure-fire way to create adrenaline-pumping action sequences with dollops of suspension of disbelief. For this, you need experience and also planning. This is one area where Kabir fails. The action is shown from various angles which break the rhythm of choreography. Instead of camera swooping all across the scenes to instill thrill, the action scenes looks like as if it was shot in multiple angles using a static camera. This is the biggest drawback of the movie. This is also the place where planning makes a big difference. Even the background score fails in these sequences. The second is the lack of courage to do away with a love-angle in a movie. In order to do this, you really need to work on the plot.

No doubt this one of the big release of the year. I do not expect to see Oscar winning performances in this especially with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead. The most interesting part is the chase. Unfortunately, the chase starts off in the second part. Then the tempo is broken by the songs. The perfromances is uninspired. Even Girish Karnad and Ranvir Shorey are not able to infuse any form of enthusiasm into this enterprise. Roshan Seth is wasted in a inconsequential role.

Strictly for Salman fans. If you really want to check out the action sequences, I urge you to wait for the DVD.

Language: Hindi

Genre: Action

Rating: **

14 comments:

  1. Really...you did not expect oscar winning performances from salman.......lol...nice review anyways...i will wait for the dvd/dwnld

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    1. Isn't it too much to ask for considering who is acting in it? ;)

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    2. nice review, i surely won't watch it

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  2. Did they really show kilts, bagpipes and Scottish people in Ireland?

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    1. Certain portions of the movie is shot there. There is songs also picturized here. There is no way to escape the these three things if the songs are captured there! ;)

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  3. I saw the film and whole heartedly agree with your review. I also disliked the fact that they used the chart topper at the end :(

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    1. These days, they always reserve the chart-topper to the end. Don't they?

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  4. hmhm... when they first released the teaser, I was kind a thrilled. It showed a single action sequence with Salman jumping over roof tops. Yeah, no one expects Salman to act but he has great screen presence and you can make a good action movie with him - if you have a good director.

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    1. Yes, if you have a good director then you can make a enjoyable movie with Salman. :)

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  5. After reading your take on ETT,never thought of going. But my family insisted so I went to buy tickets. I got a shock to see that they are priced so steep. I walked out of that place. I guess that's why piracy survives.Maybe I will follow your advice and watch it once the dvd comes. Thanks.

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    1. I heard about a ticket price hike in India. Never thought it would be as bad.

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