Rocky Handsome, the latest Bollywood film hit the big screens on 25th March 2016. the film features John Abraham, Shruti Haasan and Nishikant Kamat in the lead roles. the action thriller film is directed by Nishikant Kamat, which is jointly produced by John Abraham and Sunir Khetrapal under the banner of J.A Entertainment and Azure Entertainment.
Rocky Handsome Cast & Crew
[one_half]Directed by[/one_half][one_half_last]Nishikant Kamat[/one_half_last]
[one_half]Produced by[/one_half][one_half_last]John Abraham
[one_half]Screenplay by[/one_half][one_half_last]Ritesh Shah[/one_half_last]
[one_half]Production company[/one_half][one_half_last]J.A Entertainment
[one_half]Release Date[/one_half][one_half_last]25 March 2016[/one_half_last]
Rocky Handsome Movie Review
Well, if you take just the action and fight sequences alone, I would say Nishikant Kamat’s Rocky Handsome has some breathtaking and pumping thrills to make it a hardcore action movie. But lack of a strong emotional content and characterization spoil the entire mood making Rocky Handsome an underwhelming movie experience.
The plot tracks the character of John Abraham who is a pawnbroker. A little girl who is the protagonist’s neighbour is kidnapped by gangsters who were into activities like drug peddling, child trafficking and organ trade. John follow the gang singlehandedly chasing them down.
There is enough style quotient with our lead actor impressing one and all with his attractive and stylish looks and physique but when it came to expressing himself or rather emoting, he was wooden.
Some of the villainous characters looked silly and stupid at times on screen with their mannerisms. It also had a caricature tone in the way the various gangsters presented themselves. Everything contributed all for a loosing cause making Rocky Handsome a movie hard to appreciate except for its bloody violence, action and camera work.
Though in terms of exectution, it was not a fully convincing one from the director, the making had its share of highlights too like the scene in the bar where the dance is shown mixed with the night club fights alternatively was notable. Cinematography was also something that one should appreciate capturing each and every frame that gave a much needed facelift to the film.
I am told that this is an official remake of Korean film The Man From Nowhere which was a hit. Since I am not exposed to Korean films, I haven’t watched the original and hence cannot comment if the remake has done justice to it. From an independent perspective without any comparison to the base film, Rocky Handsome fails to inspire inspite of heavy violence, gun fires and high dose of adrenaline pumping action sequences.
John Abraham looked tough at all times and performed the stunts very effectively but failed to change his facial expressions when it demanded and was mostly confined to wooden, stiff and emotionless act. Sruthi Hassan was reduced just to a song and few scenes. Nishikant Kamat, the director himself took the pain upon himself and enacted the baddie character and it was appealing only in parts.
In a nutshell, Rocky Handsome though is violent with lot of blood shed through fights with neatly choreographed actions, it lacks emotion and soul in its content making it a disappointing film.
Rocky Handsome Critics Review
Rocky Handsome is a scene to scene rework of its Korean inspiration. By logic, that should translate into a decent story. But the reason it does not, is bad dialogue. Some of the lines on offer in Rocky Handsome are so clunky and random, you’d think Manoj Kumar’s Clerk or Mithun Chakraborty’s Gunda were classics. Sadly, even the so-bad-it’s-good moniker doesn’t quite apply to Rocky Handsome. The premise deals with a reclusive fellow named Kabir (John Abraham) and his fight with gangsters and organ gangs and drug trafficking gangs, because of a young girl named Naomi. Naomi’s mother gets embroiled in the drug trade and the mafia kidnap the mother and daughter to get back stuff that was stolen from them. Kabir gets involved because Naomi is his only friend. Also he has massive guilt about not being nice to her when it mattered.
There are a few unexpected twists and turns that are supposed to shock you. You’re being taken into a dark world where human bodies, organs and life itself is just a product. Kidnapped children are tools of ease for gangsters. But the treatment for such a dark subject is grossly inconsistent. Nishikant Kamat and his writing team try to sneak in humour and pun, when it’s not needed, at all. That’s something the original film did well. It kept a grim tone. It made things serious to a point where character intensity and emotions became an uneasy experience. But there’s no such feeling of gloom in Rocky Handsome because it tries to be too cool, too gritty, too smart all at the same time.
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