After remaking popular Malayalam films, Priyadarshan has now taken to very ineptly adapting Hollywood thrillers. His latest offering is the Keanu Reeves-Sandra Bullock starrer 'Speed', with a slight difference in the choice of the vehicle and devoid of any logic. Why else would the London Police wait for almost 10 hours for the bomber to call them and tell them how to disarm a bomb before they even start to think of an alternative? I mean if they couldn't think of it on their own, you would have expected at least one of them to have watched the 'Speed' on television considering the number of repeat runs it has had on STAR Movies.
It is quite obvious that Ajay Devgn is completely unconvinced about the part he is playing. I mean which illegal immigrant would actually think or manage to get sympathizers when he decides to plant bombs on a passenger train to avenge his deportation? No one, unless of course the antagonist suffers from a psychiatric condition.
Anil Kapoor has probably had his hands full with international projects and therefore, seems a little lost in a Bollywood film. As the counter-terrorism head, who is called back from his retirement to negotiate with the bombers, he repeatedly fails to cut a successful deal. He has an annoying new accent when he speaks English these days but is definitely much better at chases at 52 than Zayed Khan who is almost half his age. The only person who seemed serious about his role was Boman Irani.
Someone should ban this compulsory inclusion of item songs in every film these days. The Mallika Sherawat number is neither hot nor sizzling and is completely pointless.
Why is it so impossible for a veteran filmmaker to make a sensible movie or a film which is at least fun to watch? Saddling a thriller with totally unnecessary back stories or slackening the pace of a thriller just do pepper it with a few songs just doesn't help his cause. Why do all recent Priyadarshan movies make you wish that the least he could do is handout a free aspirin at the ticket counter.
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