The Xpose - Review

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Not even one of those "so bad that it's good" films.

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When you walk into a film called "The Xposé" and you know the word will stand for both skin-show and a big reveal equally, you aren't really walking in with too many expectations. I actually look forward to a line or two that will entertain/engage or at the very least amuse me. No such luck.

Oh wait, Himesh Reshammiya's character Ravi is so obnoxious that it is amusing, till he gets annoying. But, till then, I was in awe of the person who thought of such an arrogant style for the protagonist. So, I am not rooting for the character, who is supposedly mean for the good. I don't care who he falls in love with and what he is willing to do for her.

Considering it is a murder mystery, you'd think you are made to care about the victim. But, you are asked, neigh begged, to judge her negatively from the first frame she shows up in. And when the big "expose" happens, you don't care either. Sure, the writer has tried hard to make it a huge reveal, but it just doesn't matter enough.

In addition, it goes overboard in increasing the tension. Yes, additional drama in terms of slo-mo scenes and dramatic background score. But, also story-wise it goes says more than once, "not over yet, there's more."

The performances are as perfunctory as they can get. To rub salt into the wound, you have Irrfan Khan doing a voiceover. The setting of the 70s doesn't work at all. The songs, well has either, Yo Yo Honey Singh or Himesh Reshammiya as their singer. So, there's no looking for respite there.

The sliver lining is - it is a short film. And that it has come out on a day where people are generally, likely to care about it even less than usual - let alone read its review.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A few brutal action sequences.
  • Language: Nothing too offensive
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Skimpily clad women, prostitution and talk about casting couch, etc.
  • Concept: An actress falls from a building at a post-award party. All suspects are in the room. Is it a murder or an accident?

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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

The Xpose - Trailer

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Nikhil:

What more can we expect from a Himesh Starrer. Like his voice as a torture wasn't enough that he started acting. He should only do what he is good at :Music Direction". That's it.
A crisp review very well put. :)
Thanks for the share.

Ayush:

I was expected much from this movie, himesh not good as an actor......

divya:

Sabne kaha ye movie has bekar
Isko mila bas ek hi star
Will skip the movie this shukravaar
Kyonki....Abki baar Modi sarkar

siddharth:

@Divya that was hilarous to say least.
@Meetu i would say hats off to you to even watch this film on theatre because i could not watch whole movie on my laptop.
I would say tumhari galti ko meri Aankhon ne dekha meri yaddast ne nhi :-)

meetu:

Thanks @Nikhil!

@Divya :D

@siddharth ab kya kahu? mera toh dil hi kuchh aisa hai. As long as there are people who appreciate the effort, enough for me to go on ;)

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