wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
145 minutes of super-stylish action. There is about 10 minutes worth of story somewhere in there. But, does that really matter? And does it count that it doesn't matter?Read more
I'd never have thought a film with few words had potential to put me off. A fan of the "show, don't tell" school of thought, I love the use of pauses to showcase emotion. And here you have Action Jackson's trailer, with less than 50 words in its approximately 3-minute length, that made me cringe. Almost each of those words is said dramatically, is loud and has way too much style infused into it. Oh well, there's always something new you learn about yourself.
Prabhu Deva's next Action Jacksonseems to be yet another action film which seems to have action for the sake of action. Yep, almost as much punch in the pack as the word "action" was repeated in the previous sentence. Except, that none of the action seems to be anything new or attempt at different.
Action Jackson's importance for story is highlighted by the fact that they don't even allude to having one in the trailer. The one and only selling point seems to be "Ajay Devgn in action and as Action Jackson" The comedy or Sonakshi Sinha's role seems to be a peek into how much and what kind of importance the lady character is going to receive in the film.
Action Jacksonin just these three minutes comes across as a film that is taking the audience's thinking capabilities for granted. As usual, happy and waiting to be proven wrong.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Even if I know what to expect, and even if I know better than to expect any sort of entertainment from this crew, in this genre, I end up hoping to like at least something in it. I know its not the film's fault, and I have to suffer the brunt of my personality. But I did end up being more disappointed than I was expecting to be, is the best way I can put it.
There are two-three things that I was actually pleasantly surprised to find in the film. Some sort of an attempt at a story, even if it comes only in the second half. The first half is as random as can be. And the stylish editing and general post-production of the action pieces. The color saturation and grungy look is ironically fresh because it is rare in Hindi films. Then you have the obsessive, almost obsessed vamp - as hardcore as vamps get, induces more fear than the "main" villain.
But, none of these, except maybe for the vamp serve any specific purpose. They look more like they are incidental to the main objective of the film - displaying action by Ajay Devgn. So, the story seems like it exists because a part of the audience has silly expectations like a story line. The x-factor in the action sequences seem like they exist because the filmmakers wanted to have them and it didn't matter whether it fit in the texture of the rest of the film - which incidentally it didn't. Not to mention, I wondered more than once, if they were covering up for the lack of creativity in the action choreography department. The obsessive vamp then leaves you with very little in terms of hope.
The supposed comedy doesn't bring half a smile. The dance sequences are way too generic for a film with the name Prabhu Deva attached to it. The lead ladies Sonakshi Sinha and Yami Gautam are as perfunctory as they could get.
It all boils down to - does Ajay Devgn pulls the film through then? Well, yes and no. Yes, for those of us who don't mind what the film is about as long as Ajay Devgn is pulling his stunts right. No, obviously for the rest of us.
I've had enough films that are banking on one star's stardom to pull an entire 2-2.5 hour film through - be it Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan or my personal favorite Ajay Devgn. Sure most of them have either action, romance or a social message as the other anchor in the film. But, I know I've had enough. Aren't the actors done with these films that seem like it is more about them, the STAR?
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ... It’s as if director Prabhudheva wanted to make two distinct movies with the same cast. When he couldn’t make up which genre to go with he put the two together to make an ambiguous mix-genre movie that’s too inconsistent to garner any appreciation.... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua , fullhyd.com : ...Action Jackson does not need endorsement. The film regulars who enjoy this genre will watch it regardless of feedback. This movie, too, may cross the not-so-elusive 100-crore mark. Watch it if you are a __________ (insert any Prabhu Dheva / Rohit Shetty / Salman Khan / Ajay Devgn / Akshay Kumar action flick name here) fan, and just need to be entertained. Be warned, however, that the songs and the action can get pretty loud.... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...Ultimately, Action Jackson turns out to be a single screen massy affair that could have indeed benefitted had the second half been as entertaining as the first.... full review
So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Prabhudeva, bless him, gives us something too warped to be predictable, and it hurts how thrillingly close he came to getting the name just right. A film this focussed on what lies under the jeans should really have been called Action Johnson.... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The film is worth a watch strictly for the cast and the songs. That’s if you’re willing to endure the unbelievably long and violent film for that. Clearly, Prabhu Dheva (Wanted, R…Rajkumar, Rowdy Rathore) is in no mood to let go of the stale Bollywood formula. And as the audience, you can either play along or move on!... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...The action sequences have Tarantino's Kill Bill influence. However, here the animation wipes jump out of nowhere almost startling you. Ajay romancing the sword in his bare-bodied avatar is exciting. He pulls off the comic and the Bazooka killing-machine acts with ease. Sonakshi shimmies well to Himesh Reshammiya's hit ditties -- Keeda and Chichora Piya with Ajay, who tries to do better than stomp. Manasvi shows her shapely body in a bootylicious gangster song, while Yami charms with her girl next-door act. If you're not looking for a mentally stimulating fare, enjoy this ride that is basically meant for the filmi keedas.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...At the end of this mind-numbingly unentertaining film, I consoled myself with the closing credits in which Prabhudheva (kindly note the spelling) appears in his dance-wiz avatar playing choreographer to the lead cast. He’s so vastly superior to Ajay in that department, that you can’t help but appreciate Ajay for sportingly demonstrating his shortcomings to the world. What he was thinking when he accepted this film though is a mystery that may never be solved!... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...We are all looking for that pleasant fragrance in our films, dear film-makers. So better try to be the third intelligent son in your upcoming ventures……..gracefully!... full review
Thumbs down, by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle : ...There are bad films, there are so-bad-they-are-good films. And then there is 'Action Jackson'. Bollywood has trained us well enough to know that we are not to use our grey cells one bit while watching films like 'Action Jackson'. We have sat through Sajid Khan’s seven-course torture fest 'Humshakals', we can sit through anything. Right?... full review
Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, FirstPost : ...Dum? Well, it's a proper dum ghutne (suffocate) wali film, which should be part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' and needs to be sent to its worthy place which is a dustbin. It's high time our film makers should find their existence and remember that we are from that country which is known for making good song and dance type of entertainers and not a mindless project type of films. The action is repetitive and the Jackson part seems like spoofing the legendary dancer Michael Jackson, who if, was alive today would have surely told every fan of his after watching 'Action Jackson' to go beat it, just beat it everyone associated with it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ... It’s certainly a big confounding mess. And Sonakshi’s ‘Singham to Chewing Gum’ admission signifies the extent of the degradation that a prototype actioner has to undergo in an effort to appease an audience thirsting for something different. ..Because the difference here is just not good enough. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...As for Ajay Devgn, he goes through this mindless script and direction with the conviction of a committed player. He dances, fights, emotes and jokes around with style, never once giving you the impression that he is part of this nonsensical farce. He is in a zone of his own. His fans are in for a crazy time. They will have AJ and Vishy to choose from! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra,, Hindustan Times : ...I’ve seen plenty of bad films this year but Action Jackson raises the bar on awful. I’m sure I’ve lost a few brain cells with this one. I request you to stay at home — I have suffered it so you don’t have to.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...To put it briefly, watch Action Jackson if you are a Prabhudheva or Ajay Devgn fan, because otherwise there isn't a single dialogue you haven't heard and this is one of the films where they say 'Do not take your brains to the theatres'.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...This film is really an orgy of bloody fight scenes punctuated by too many tuneless songs, and some juvenile gags that might amuse a six-year-old. My heart went out to poor Kunal Roy Kapoor, so good in Delhi Belly, but wasted here as Vishy's comic sidekick. In one scene, he farts in the face of a man who's about to sip his tea, causing a storm in his teacup...quite literally. It's the least offensive bit in a film that assaults your senses and leaves you feeling battered and bruised.... full review
Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Action Jackson matches up to neither Prabhudheva’s film making nor an Ajay Devgn film. It is an extreme downer for those expecting a full on action-packed ‘masala’ film. With a done to death plot and an absolutely nothing new to offer, the only thing that this film latches onto is Ajay Devgn who maintains his swagger well enough... full review
Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum? Well, it's a proper dum ghutne (suffocate) wali film, which should be part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' and needs to be sent to its worthy place which is a dustbin. It's high time our film makers should find their existence and remember that we are from that country which is known for making good song and dance type of entertainers and not a mindless project type of films. The action is repetitive and the Jackson part seems like spoofing the legendary dancer Michael Jackson, who if, was alive today would have surely told every fan of his after watching 'Action Jackson' to go beat it, just beat it everyone associated with it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...Final word - Action Jackson could be well described by one scene where Ajay Devgn does a moonwalk. He makes a joke of out the step just like the film makes a joke out of the audience's sensibilities. This is one of those films where every scene ends up being an inspiration for some self-pity joke for the viewer. Save your money... full review
Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...This one, however, only amuses. It is the kind of torture Tarantino haters would want to inflict on him. Imagine Tarantino tied to a chair, cue ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’, and then play Action Jackson. But you know what? He might actually laugh.... full review
Thumbs down, by Gayatri Sankar, Zee News : ...Movie-goers expect to get entertained while watching a movie. Alas, ‘Action Jackson’ doesn’t even have an iota of entertainment quotient. Watch the movie only if you are an Ajay Devgn Fan!... full review
ZainabHanif: Action Jackson achi movie hai
VIRENDR98019132: Full enjoy Action Jackson movie in evening ...
vinitnenihaal1: action Jackson is a good film of the year
Vamsi3883Vamsi: It is very pleasant to see prabhas in action jackson
The_Bapu7: Action Jackson!!!! What a Movie... Superb... Loved it... AJ... Outstanding
sunnyviratian: Action Jackson ::awesome movie:: Enjoyed @lot
shutup785: Action jackson achi movie hae
Saif_Attar: Action Jackson is a pretty good entertaining movie , moves of ajay r really watchable!! My rating : 3.5/5 ! Ps: 0.5 extra for ajay's dance
ROYALSTAR15: Action Jackson is Mass Hit.... super movie @ajaydevgn @PDdancing
pyarsi: Action Jackson Very nice movie
PrabuddhAhire: I just watched "Action Jackson" its a very nic movie full with Action, Romance n Entertainment. AJ
MeetUunngLee: Judge me but I loved this mad movie Action Jackson!
MDAFIFMALLICK1: AJ says.... No Appointment....No Commitment...Only Punishment..... "Action Jackson" ....Nice Action..Have a nice day. http://twitter.com/MDAFIFMALLICK1/status/541278681943904256/photo/1
Mayur78645: Prabhu deva as usual with great story. ACTION JACKSON.
ManojSahuG: Action Jackson must watch for all Bhaktgan. #MufflerMan #KhaasAadmi #IndiaFightsBack http://twitter.com/ManojSahuG/status/541074239487373313/photo/1
JohnLehtonen1: Action Jackson and Stone Cold are the closest films to actually being those parodies of 80s action films that Simpsons et al. so deeply love
Ibtisaam16: Action jackson best movie @AJTheMovie #ActionJackson http://twitter.com/Ibtisaam16/status/541458135639007232/photo/1
Iamharry007: Aj...action jackson...action jackson...!!! "its my way ya sky way".. $uperbbb movieee!!!
HimangshuBikas1: Action Jackson is very entertaining
harshsarvepalli: Watched Action Jackson and I recommend this movie loved it enjoyed Ajay devgan's role throughly. Paisa Vasool @sonakshisinha @ajaydevgn
hankypanty: Action Jackson is ANOTHER awful Prabhudeva film. Got to admire him though. He’s terrible. But, few know it. He's Sajid Khan: Ninja Edition.
DishantOffical: It dam good the movie action Jackson seen today morning
dilLogical_rahi: Watched Action Jackson and enjoyed it. Little loopholes though but overall a good to watch. 3/5
DevgnClub: "@Aditya_k168: @AJTheMovie Action Jackson is just Aweosome! Witnessed the perfect Action, Comedy, Drama in it!!
deswal_hitesh: Action Jackson What a awesome movie like a hollywood must be watch .-,faadu movie yr
AVTIHRIAK: finished #action Jackson awesome film
ArPrateeksaini: just watched Action Jackson...i like it..!!
alexkinariwala: JUST SAW ACTION JACKSON COOLL!!!!!!!! MUST WATCH
AjjuMiyan: Just Watched Action Jackson #AJ is Fully Awesome!
riz007_007: Action Jackson was okish.
khan9_bilal: Action Jackson is a okay movie
jitu191985: Action Jackson - one time watch
bunnyjuniork: #Action_Jackson : there are a good story but the Screenplay and Ajay Devgn Acting is too Bad my rating is 2/5
venkatsraman: #Epic!Rt @mainbhiengineer Action Jackson is so bad that those who've watched it r suggesting to buy Rajdeep Sardesai's book using that money
VarshanSookhun: Action Jackson ... One of the most horrendous Bollywood films I have ever seen. LOUD BRASH AND WASTEFUL !!! 3/10 #bollywood #moviereview
universe_tera: Action Jackson review by the team of Tera Universe: there are a good story but the Screenplay and Ajay Devgn Acting is too Bad my rate 2/5
TweetErrant: Kill your enemy this Christmas by gifting them tickets of Action Jackson.
themadGigolo: Ebola has arrived in India in the form of Action Jackson Highly contagious among stupid people who watch that low grade shit
SunnysBlueSky: Life already disappointed nd than Action Jackson happened.
sumitsaurabh: Best part of action Jackson was that finally it ended !
SRKsAvenger: Action Jackson was a Chutyapanti ...
srkaravind: Narendra Modi Should Announce 10 Lakh Aid For The Families Of Victims Affected By 'Action Jackson'
sRk_theEmpeRoR: Action Jackson utni hi achhi movie hogi jitni achhi Hindi hai Prabhudeva ki. Enough said.
soumilgada: Leave you brains aside and go for It... Have a time out.. For urself.. Action Jackson movie.. But only first half..
skodithala: Himess bhai gave such lousy music in Action Jackson?! Disappoint!
ShettyRiteshR: Action Jackson - This movie makes me think why we didnt send Jaani Dushman to the Oscars.
rjanup: Mirchi Bioscope Action Jackson : 1.5/5 Mirchis - Rj Anup # Bussss Bahut hogaya …aur sehen nahin hota ….Mujhe... https://www.facebook.com/rj.anup.uae/posts/889346471100039
ranigill7: #Action Jackson : This Ajay Devgn-Sonakshi Sinha-Yami Gautam starrer is confusing, mindless and logic-less!
ProudDilliwala: Action jackson is the final nail in the coffin of prabhudeva style of filmmaking.Only rohit shitty can make shit work.
prk70: Those who watched Action Jackson in theatres. May there soul R.I.P. #worst movie ever..
pranavkale120: If someone is mean to u,dont seek revenge, they are not worth it.If someone is very very mean to u,give them a free ticket of Action Jackson
PrakaSH_KKR: Even Himmatwala Is Gud compared To Action Jackson , Behenchod Sonakshi sinha ki shakal Dekh ke dimag kharab ho jaata hai
one_by_two: Last night forced my wife to see 'Action Jackson'. She was so annoyed with me afterwards, she said no 'action' for me for next 3 months
Nima13505829: Cant belived today I watched such a horrible movie Action Jackson. Total waste of money.
nbrsr: Me: Went to watch Action Jackson .. Me: Stop laughing at me. I am deep hurt inside, Torn apart mentally. Blunders happen.
MughalDarbar: Action Jackson is worse than Ajay Devgn's dancing skills.
MrThinkA_Lot: If you judge a film by reviews in social media, Action Jackson is full of nonsensical crap.
mkaeel: such sheer piece of crap Action Jackson is...it was free ticket for me but i still wanted refund damn i wasted 30 mints of my life
md610: Reading about Sonakshi Sinha's sketch in her movie Action Jackson. Surprised she took her mother to watch this movie.
markfeinber39gb: Action Jackson is indeed a bad film but I have problem with why it's not as good as last so bad it's good outing from their director.
mainbhiengineer: Watched Action Jackson, Ajay Devgn's dance was better than movie.
MadNotani: Phus ho gai Action Jackson. Industry people ..take note ..no mindless crap will be accepted everytime.
LShirgeri: Action~Jackson में AJ खाक▼ मारिना (मनस्वी मॅमगई) राॅक♡
LazyBone_007: The only good thing about Action Jackson is its better than Hamshakals...
Just4_Gags: Prabhudeva is a true businessman .... He comes with the same movie every year but with different actors ..!!
iPhoneboy_me: 0 out of 5 to action jackson frm my end. Time for prabhudeva to change his name to sajid khan.. :-/
indiantweeter: People who watched Action Jackson have committed suicide by jumping from high altitude mountains of that forehead.
iDeepakRana: There are movies like Interstellar. Then there are movies like Action Jackson. Quite a world!
havoviw: Other things to do this weekend: 3. Don't watch Action Jackson. Don't watch ArGo. Don't watch 'The News'. Go out and hit a ball. Run.
HardCoreKohlian: Instead of wasting money on Action Jackson please go by some food & give it to those urchins under the bridge.
EngineeRoholic: Action Jackson is an awesome moving... you just need to watch it while sleeping.
dr_supal: Action Jackson makes me feel that HappyNewYear was somehow a good movie...
csundar86: Pm modi met the star cast of action jackson. You see evn prime minister of the country cant save a film in which ajay devgn tries to dance
CrazyDeewana: Action Jackson is so bad that even Ajay Devgn's dance looks more tolerable.
CaitOConner: Dear God have mercy Action Jackson is so atrociously bad. And I usually like bad movies.
BossKrutarth: "@The_Sleigher: Action Jackson is so bad that Michael Jackson died 5 years before it released."
bivek18068783: Action Jackson movie is not good prabhudeva is time discounted work
Binodsubedi555: don't expect much from action jackson
BigdaChora: Action Jackson's Role in Swachh Bharat Mission is to keep Theatres Clean and empty at the same time.
BeboShaleen: Action Jackson is the Biggest disaster of 2014 ... wat the F*** meaningless senseless movie ainvayi time waste!
baazigar_lover: Just watched Action Jackson Worst movie of Bollywood beating tees maar khan... my rating to this movie 0 out of 5.
Ataaz: Action Jackson should be named as Action Marina... #DontWatchIt
AshiTiwariHsmd: Action Jackson ka piracy net pe aa chuka hai. its very bad...
AshishSingh777: Action Jackson...kuch khas nahi bekar dhai ghante baithaye rakha
ashishbarot: Action Jackson is so mind numbing that some fellow surgeons are thinking of showing it to patients instead of giving them general anesthesia
arunk_: We can mock and ridicule movies like 'Action Jackson' all we want. But the sad reality is it'll make so much money while.. 1/2
Anuj2807: Action Jackson. One of the worst movie I have seen till now. #AJ #fail
aguywithspecs: Life tip #056: DONT WATCH ACTION JACKSON!
afzalk1984: Biggest flop hai Action Jackson
_Hiralious: Action Jackson was horrible. Watch at your own risk.
Want to Watch, by TimELiebe : Yes, it's going to be violently stupid and stupidly violent - that's why I want to see it! :D
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Anup : Defiantly Another Shit
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