Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Agent Vinod [86/365]

So finally after all that pre-release hoopla, infamous brawls and all, Agent Vinod releases.
Ever since legends like Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig played the the suave and sophisticated Bond, we have been obsessed. 
I've seen the grapevine frothing at the mouth when one of our desi bimbos get an audition for the bond girl. Really?
Well, if you can't have it, make it yourself. And like the famous line- 'We can make it at home, for nothing.'
Enter Bollywood.

The only blue blooded actor in the industry wants to outdo the king of the Bollys.
So what if SRK's grand show of pyrotechnics fizzled. Saifeena wanted to set the record right.

The story of Agent Vinod smacks of 'life and shift' but none of the pizazz and style that it's originals have.
Though we see patches of brilliance, this movie fails to raise and falls flat. The story (if there was any) takes us into the life and struggles of a super spy who is hunting down a mercenary in possession of a nuclear device which is set to go off in New Delhi. That's right. Our crime riddled, power hungry, rapist infested national capital is the one place that an ISI Colonel is trying to destroy. If you ask me, the people and politicians in the capital are already doing a pretty good job of destroying themselves. But then if Hollywood has their Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, Bollywood has ... well, Delhi, Mumbai and the beautiful locales of Europe.

The movie notches up slightly better than the (other) most famous dud of our times - Ra.ONE. Saif plays his character with as much ease as he can pull off and but the Director has obviously squandered the wonderful powerhouse of talents that he had in this movie. Like a pearl necklace to a pig, Saifeena with their combined wattage and chemistry could not life the spirits of this movie.

Dialogues are so dry that by the end of the movie, you'd be hard pressed to quote a dialogue that knocked the socks off your feet. The stunts and the dramatic fight sequences are so 90's. You'd imagine that all that money could have got you better technical effects. Nay.

Overall, this is one movie that you can give a miss. See it if you are hard (and I mean, Really hard) core fan of the hottest non married, somewhat steady power couple of Bollywood in action. The performances are forgetful.
Infact I would be surprised if there would be a sequel to this. But knowing how incorrigible Bollywood really is, I think the producers and Saifeena will probably write this movie off as a bad investment and never learn it's lesson.
And once you've seen this movie, you'll agree.

My Rating: 4

What does the ratings mean?
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theatre.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience

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