Game - Review

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
quick review:

Game was supposed to be a thriller. One which makes you sit on the edge of your seat and bite, whatever is left of, your nails from the cricket matches. It's none of that and more. It's sluggish and I have quite a few nasty things to say about its 'style'.

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We are grade 'A' fools, who aren't at all exposed to any kind of cinema other than the one dished out in the name of 'style' and 'thrill'. We don't watch the umpteen Television series from around the world from our couch, so we don't know what the very basics of a murder mystery. Yes, I'm furious. What are we in the eyes of our filmmakers? Deprived souls who have to be thankful for whatever we get?

Maybe I wouldn't have been this irked if they had fulfilled at least one of the things they set out to achieve - style or substance. The story has zilch in terms of drama or suspense. No, pausing before every word of every dialogue doesn't fulfill that need to be nervous about what's going to happen next. If you make me hang for every word you say, literally, I will doze off.

The style is largely superficial too. Even if you disregard the fact that there's nothing you haven't seen earlier. Unless the last you saw a Hindi film was 15 years ago, then the style might hold something for you. But then again, I'd recommend the film directed by the person who produced this film - Don.

Geez, who'd have known that a day would come when I'd recommend a Shahrukh Khan film over an Abhishek Bachchan one. It was cool when Abhishek walked that lop-sided stylish walk or sat lounging heavy on one side, clad in white against a red backdrop. After the first time though it's called repetition and predictable. You got to give me something more interesting than that. Especially when the next in line to try and impress me is Kangna Ranaut trying to finish off her English lines in a hurry.

Sheeeesh! Sorry for the break in flow, but I just can't get over on how much one can be blind to the banality of the basic plot! Not to mention that whatever Abhishek's character does is a tangent to the main plot. And the writer's confusion is transparent - should I focus on the main plot or should I make the sub-plot bigger so we can offer it to a mainstream actor.

You know what, I "shhuushed" the guy sitting next to me in the first hour because he kept saying, "what a bore yaar!" And when the main "twist" came along, I wouldn't have the heart to resist if that guy forced my foot into my mouth.

Not fair. The filmmakers have actually made me feel bad about doing the right thing. I actually wanted that guy to pay attention to their film.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots. Blood, fist fights,
  • Language: clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A pole dance. Body-trafficking is mentioned
  • Concept: Revenge, murder, suspense
  • General Look and Feel: Pseudo-stylish

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 1
  • Story: 0.5
  • Lead Actors: 1.5
  • Character Artists: 0.5
  • Dialogues: 1
  • Screenplay: 0.5
  • Music Director: 1
  • Lyrics: 1

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guddu:

Meetu this is one of the most convicing and hilarious review i have ever read.i think certain filmakers really intend to test patience from their viewers like ramu's Aag.i really enjoyed reading each line of your review and now i feel my money is repaid. Thanks'

meetu:

@Guddu ha ha! thanks, man!

Roy DSilva:

[comment deleted because it gives the climax away in a lot of detail]

meetu:

@Sarada Thanks!

@yeast infection remedy (if you are not spam), ha ha! some of them are alright. :D

@Roy sorry had to delete your comment, however lame the film is, can't have the story given away.

TimELiebe:

@Meetu - I don't know, we kind of enjoyed this one. It was one of Bachchan Jr. better acting jobs - he not only did his sullen unshaven badass act, he actually managed some scenes of genuine sadness and loss (not something we've seen him do much of). The twists were, yah, about what you'd expect when you have a movie with Abhishek Bachchan playing a slick crook, but we thought he sold it better than usual - for a bit there, if you squinted, you could convince yourself he really was his father's son.

Nice to see Anupam Kher playing an actual part rather than "Uncle", Jimmy Shergill nailed "oily weak movie star", and though he mugged a bit in spots this was another impressive Boman Irani performance (if he can stop wanting to wink at the audience, he could be one of India's best actors). Honestly, I thought Kangna Ranaut played her Hot Buttkicking Woman Cop better than you did - she moved like she was ready to fight or duck behind cover any second, she held a gun like she could use it and rocked her shoulder holster, and her eyes went cop-flat when they were supposed to.
She was sure a lot more convincing police officer than her partner was - he looked like The Producer's Nephew given a prop gun and a couple lines of dialogue!

meetu:

@TimELiebe And here I thought I was good at looking for something to appreciated in a film. :)

TimELiebe:

@Meetu - Something Something American Fan Who Loves Trashy Movies! :D

Though yes - I was actually more impressed with Abhishek Bachchan's acting than I usually am.

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