Review - Mission Istanbul: <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120347/">Tomorrow never dies</a></em> meets <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/">Die Hard</a> </em> & yet there's no serious plot!

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
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This mission is filled with convenient coincidences & sprinkled with Apoorva Lakhia style gore. It pretends to be smart in the beginning and loses interest in that too post-interval.

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Like melodrama is to drama, Mission Istanbul is to pointless style. What with super-dangerous and mega-powerful villains walking like they are on a ramp, only waiting for the hero to get to them and start a fist fight. So what if only minutes ago, they had thousands of guns and gunmen at their disposal?

Initially it did feel like there was some hope from the story writer, because the plot seemed non-standard. But ultimately, it's just another power-maniac villain doing what he thinks is best to gain and maintain that power. The characters are like those in any typical action movie - the stereotypical hero, his partner and a bimbette. So, here we have these ingredients in the form of a wannabe smart-Alec, a pseudo geek and a cleavage.

Mission Istanbul Callout

Mission Istanbul Cleavage

Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit on the cleavage, so no need to rush to the theater yet, boys!

You know there's no hope from the dialogue writer when two characters introduce themselves to each other by imitating James Bond. I can't even say it's downhill from there, because that's pretty much the bottom of the hill.

It annoys me no end, when we have this really sharp villain who knows everything else but just can't spot our super-suave hero - in broad daylight! This is where the coincidences start getting to me and I almost checked whether my ticket stub said Kismat Konnection!

When they show an ace journalist (Zayed Khan) as the only computer geek around, it just has to take the cake. By the way, this top-notch journalist of ours who loves danger has no clue that he can be bugged by the technically savvy villain. Fine, we can accept that the 'top-notch' bit is only the writer's imagination. But, hasn't this guy seen a single Hollywood action flick? Grrrrr

Speaking of stereotypes, another huge one is shoved down our throat, this time referring to an entire country. Is it really appropriate to show Afghanistan having an arms' market that looks like a vegetable market in any nook and corner of India? She's already a country in distress; do we need to show it worse than it is? And if it is indeed such a dangerous place what are tourists doing in the arms' market!? Aah...these markets are actually tourist attractions! Got it!! Seriously people, journalists would have some kind of protection/back-up plan when entering such a place.

Also, I didn't think the cinematographer in combination with the editor did justice to either Afghanistan or Turkey. The tourist spots were covered rather hurriedly. I understand, this is no travelogue, but the beauty/ruggedness of the places was taken away from my eyes even before it registered. And I know these places have these qualities because other movies have covered them better.

If only the camera focused more on recording these places as they deserve to be instead of accommodating style. Isn't it high time we stop using slow motion to imply 'style'? But, it has some 'laugh out loud' value when Zayed Khan understands the seriousness of the mission at hand. He says, "he'll need some equipment" and Vivek Oberoi and him pull out their sunglasses and put them on in ... slo-mo!!

Interestingly enough, there was an attempt in the beginning to keep some continuity between the movie and the quintessential songs by say a one-liner like, "Work done, let's party" (though the work didn't look like it was done to me, but anyway...). Later they just gave up on their inhibitions and threw in a song. And yet had the gall to have a dialogue, "There's no time for a love song!"

The cinematic liberty of placing songs randomly, the 1000 coincidences that it takes to make this movie, the unreal characters all go to show how seriously they take the "All characters in this film are fictitious, any resemblance to any person dead or alive is coincidence" warning.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Very violent. A guerilla war, gore, visual grossness every once in a while. Fist fights, gun fire and bomb explosions are in plenty!
  • Sexual content: Nothing specific except for the ill-clad women in the songs.
  • Concept: Well, terrorism, power-hunger...
  • General Look and Feel: It's a hardcore fight-fight action flick.

Mission Istanbul - Movie Details

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Mission Istanbul Review...

This mission is filled with convenient coincidences & sprinkled with Apoorva Lakhia style gore. It pretends to be smart in the beginning and loses interest in that too post-interval....

starwin:

Mission Istanbul looks like a vehicle to promote sponsoring brands Mountain Dew and Aaj Tak News Channel.Mission Istanbul suffers from weak characterizations and a bad plot. It isolates the viewers from the thick of things. At no point does the viewer feel connected to the script.

read review at http://bollywoodtrends.blogspot.com

chavanni:

ajay brahmatmaj's review
http://chavannichap.blogspot.com/2008/07/blog-post_26.html

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Sudhir Nair:

And this year's bravery award goes to Meetu for sitting through Kismat..,Contract, Money hai.. & Mission Instanbul; all in a matter of ONE WEEK.

And the award is a lifetime supply of RGV's Aag !!!

meetu:

Sudhirji, ab mein kya kahu? aap jaise shubhchintak ho to dushman to dhool khaayenge...

sanyam:

hey there....
u hav a nice blog....

mine is at http://fungusoffline.blogspot.com

please chek it out...can we exchange our links????

meetu:

Hey Sanyam, thanks! I link to reviews in my 'to each his own' section. So, let me know when you start regular reviews and I can link to them.

Andy, saw The Dark Knight, just didn't review it. Liked it too :)

meetu:

:) Rahul

j, the good thing is both of you enjoy the same kind!

Solitary Dreamer:

Your email version does not have the super cool photos of the *super cool* dudes and the dudette. Just wanted to let you know.

And...

I like the concept :)

meetu:

Thanks for pointing that out, Solitary Dreamer. Will try to get that fixed.

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