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Upperstall Review



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Hindi, Action, 2010, Color

One of the savviest thieves in the world (Vivek Oberoi) commits the biggest heist of his life. He wakes up next the morning to realize he has a gunshot wound on his arm that he doesn't remember getting. In his quest to find answers he discovers his name is Prince, he used to work for a man named Sarang and his girlfriend's name is Maya. He is being hunted by the secret service of India - I Grip, the CBI and the biggest white collared criminals in the world. He is the most wanted man in the country because only he knows but is unable to remember the whereabouts of the heist, which contains a secret that is linked not only to his loss of memory but also threatens the future of the Human Race. Prince has to rely only on his razor sharp instincts to salvage himself. The web of deception spins and Prince gets even more entangled. He realizes that nothing and no one can be trusted...

OK, so Prince is a BIG film with money actually spent like water, with an even bigger promotional campaign going for it. But for all the effort put into making you believe that you are going to see the biggest action extravaganza ever, it is to put it simply, a disaster of epic proportions.

$: Contrary to popular belief, it's not The Bourne Identity, which actually might have been a great film to remake.

$: It has a very convoluted, confusing, meandering and pointless plot. Did anyone even try to put together a screenplay before filming???

$: It is excruciatingly slow paced, even the bikes are made to ride ever so slowly in one chase sequence.

$: It has a series of unexciting sub-plots within sub-plots within....

$: It has sequences borrowed from almost every Hollywood action movie worth its salt in the last 10 years (The Matrix series, Mission Impossible3, Tomorrow Never Dies, Terminator 1-4 etc.) and no - that is not a good thing.

$: It has Sanjay Kapoor! (yes, he exists!)

$: It has 3 under dressed actresses...sorry, women who just bare different parts of their anatomy having forgotten they're supposed to act a bit as well.

$: It has the weakest greatest white-collar criminal in the world, who meets his end by being thrown down a waterfall in 5 minutes tops.

$: It has a coin at the heart of it, which can erase memories through a micro-chip, inserted somewhere in the heel of a shoe, a sock, a safe in a post office with Gandhiji involved... Aaaah forget it!

$: Only 5 people actually get shot out of a total of 426344 rounds fired, some 50% from a distance of less than 20 feet.

$: Plan B during a heist means... RUN!

$: It's a solo Vivek Oberoi vehicle.

Let me take a break from the $s and allow me to elaborate on the last $. Vivek must have had a blast for sure. He has got a single hero film after...uh never mind and that too with all the money in the world to be splurged around him, a chance to be a pretend superhero ala Batman/ Ironman and prance around with 3 supposedly hot women. And at a time when he is not considered a safe enough bet to even garner proper space in the promos of his last film, Kurbaan (2009). Anyway, Vivek has been a serviceable performer but is all at sea here with a constant frown, flaring nostrils, fading intensity and an out of place demeanour (am I actually the solo lead of such a costly film???); there's not a single scene I can recall where he's contributed anything in terms of performance. Not one!

$: First time director Kookie V Gulati, who has taken over the music video crown from Ken Ghosh, does have a sense of stylish shot taking and making the money spent show on screen, but his ability at story telling and creating breathtaking moments is way, way off.

$: The film is shot grandly, the action pieces are plenty but not slick enough, the music is a waste in the film (title song, well sung and shot), and the editing is trying too hard to make sense of proceedings. Oh, did I mention the unintentionally funny awful, awful dialogues???

$: There is actually a hint at a sequel, unbelievable!

$: Let's find that memory eraser coin as well to forget that I ever saw this one!

Upperstall review by: flyingrodent





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