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Upperstall Review




Hindi, Action, Drama, Thriller, 2013, Color

Enemmy is the story of four intrepid CID officers (Suniel Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Johnny Lever and Mahaakshay Chakraborty), who are entrusted with the responsibility of cracking down on the underworld and cleaning up the city by any and all means possible. When the four cops initiate an investigation and manage to nab Mukhtar Memon (Zakir Hussain), a crime lord, everyone heaves a sigh of relief. However, the relief is short-lived and after a brief spell of peace, the gang wars start again, shocking everyone. Deciding to up the ante, the dynamic political leader RG, who had unleashed the CID sleuths, sends in a CBI officer (Mithun Chakraborty) to Mumbai to get to the bottom of things. He discovers is that the gang-war is merely a facade to find out about a heist, in which two truckloads of hard cash were stolen from Memon, who will stop at nothing to get his money back...

Enemmy (mmmm), is a throwback to dated 1990s cop dramas that try to keep everyone guessing, but end up being glorified comeback vehicles for our beloved ex-action stars. And by that, I mean Mahaakshay Chakraborty (Mimmmoh). If Akshay Kumar had remained a Khiladi all his life, he'd have been first choice for this alongside an ageing (yet dignified) Suneil Shetty and Johny Lever. Instead, Mithunda plays that exclusive role, bestowed with a seventh sense of being able to see crimes exactly as they've unfolded AFTER reaching the scene of crime, carrying on from where Bruce Willis left off in Unbreakable. To get both of them together in Unbreakable 2 would be a casting coup of sorts, leaving criminals with no option but to commit suicide after Tom Cruise joins them from Minority Report.

Coming back to Enemmy, the film does its best to make us sympathize with the bad guys, despite the filmmakers themselves not too sure about who they really are. It is this muddled thinking - to the extent of justifying bad actions by 'good people' because villains have to be drug lords in general - that contributes largely to the tackiness and downfall of an otherwise middling crime drama. To its credit, despite a few boring one-on-ones that try to explain to us the motives of every person involved, the film never slows down enough for you to completely lose interest. It throws in Mithun as the investigating CBI officer at the right time, and the camaraderie between the 4 cops is believable enough. Mimoh is the weak link, but with it being his home production, Trikha (director) was possibly left with no option but to use Mimoh's original voice too.

Kay Kay Menon stands out as the conflicted CID officer that follows Shetty around like a lost puppy and Zakir Hussain excels again in creating facial expressions and eye movements that would put General Zod to shame. Shetty, in fact, displays a certain kind of deadpan look that presumably comes with age - it works in his favour, until he starts speaking. Lever is the over-the-top element as usual, with Mithunda preparing for bigger superhero epics. The incessant pans and continuous slow-mo close-ups of the 4 of them together, complete with Garageband background music, demonstrates a disconnect with contemporary filmmaking, despite a decent cast and a well-paced screenplay.

- Rahul Desai aka Reel Reptile

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