wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?)
Action-packed, barely acceptable CGI for this scale of a film, Bang Banglooks like it is going to be yet another film that wants to be cool but will fall short at many levels. The trailer doesn't even attempt telling us the story. It is clear we are being asked to come to the theaters purely for the action.
I don't mind an action film at all, thought I won't say I'd have a problem if it had a reasonably interesting story attached to it. But, the least I'd ask for is decent action - at least some of it that I haven't seen before. Something that feels like it is more than just a lift-off from some or the other hollywood high-octane action drama. Some element of creativity. Doesn't help that director, Siddharth Anand doesn't have the greatest track record.
The first two beats of the theme music refer to the Mission Impossible series' theme music. So, we can see what Bang Bangis aspiring towards and we also know originality is going to be hard to find here. The focus is clearly on style and oomph. And just in case, you thought Hrithik Roshan doesn't have oomph enough, Katrina Kaif has been added to the mix, just to make sure.
As you can tell, I don't expect to be awestruck by Bang Bang. I'm just hoping to be at least be taken by surprise every once in a while. That's not too much to ask, is it?
- meeta, a part of the audience
You have to grant that Bang Bang delivers what it promises in the trailers. Lots of action, just about tolerable stunts, a bit of coochie-coo between the incredibly good-looking lead pair and lots of on-screen time for the two, individually and together - all of it pretty much mindless, with no attempt at creating any interest in the plot itself.
Some of the stunts do look cool, especially for those of us who are not exposed to enough Hollywood. That seems to be Bang Bang's first selling point - Bang Bang, the machine gun kind and not the other kind that the movie itself admits there isn't enough of. You have the works - bikes, cars, race cars even, choppers, boats, water skis and what not. You have Hrithik Roshan flying down buildings and cliffs and emerging up from the deep seas. But, you know they are there just for the sake of being there. More of the "cool" idea leading to its insertion in the film rather than the story requiring the creativity of the cool idea.
Pretty much same goes for the film's second selling point - Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif - the gorgeous looking people that they are, they supposedly don't require character devlopment, depth or even a half-decent story or even decent chemistry. Just the presense of the actors ought to keep the audience happy. For the sake of completeness, then I will mention the most obvious - their abdominal muscles certainly worked out more than the facial muscles. Body language? Baah! Who needs that when you have the body? Any attempt at injecting emotion then, seems farcical.
Not that emotion has much of a place in this film. So what, if it's has patriotism at its chore and wants to be a revenge drama. You'd think there would be a little more room for good song and dance in a film like this, especially given Hrithink Roshan's presence. But that too is too much to ask for. Just in case, you are still wondering, the entire plot is pretty much pointless given the "twist" in the climax.
And yet, I can't completely put the film down. At least, true-blue action stunts are being attempted. They might not have been executed well, but hopefully it will get better with the next film or the next. Meanwhile, though this is meant for some other long weekend, one which has the film running on TV with the luxury of flipping channels.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...Overall, the film's wide release during the long holiday should definitely work in its favour. Add to that, the popular starcast of the film will ensure that the movie sails through comfortably at the box-office. Another plus point to BANG BANG is that it has the least opposition from HAIDER at the box-office. So, if you are looking high-octane action scenes, sleek visuals, melodious music and if you love masala movies, then BANG BANG should definitely be your pick for this extended weekend... full review
Thumbs up, by Anish Mohanty , Planet Bollywood : ...Notwithstanding the ordinary screenplay, Siddharth Anand’s terrific direction and some stylized action pieces make ‘Bang Bang!’ a very entertaining affair. The film raises the bar for action flicks in India and hopefully, the next big ticket action film that comes around will have a better screenplay. Till that happens, feast your eyes on ‘Bang Bang!’... full review
So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Bang Bang is a plain film that is mounted on a breathtaking canvas and remains steady at the superficial level only. Low on logic and more on frills and airs, the best thing about Bang Bang is Hrithik Roshan. He sincerely drives the film with his swagger and hot bod droolworthy looks, with Katrina aiding him with her cutesy innocence. But the lack of inventiveness in Bang Bang irks me. When I am done with ogling at the stunts and stars, I have nothing to remember it by... full review
So-So, by Udita Jhunjhunwala Read more at: http://www.livem, Live Mint : ...Fans of Katrina Kaif shall not be disappointed with her cutesy act (which she nails) and her jerky dance moves. But then there’s Roshan—freshly worked out, hair carefully set. He makes light of the action scenes with as much confidence as he glides across the dance floor. He alone puts the bang in ‘Bang Bang... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY : ...Even amidst this brainless situation, Hrithik Roshan does a damn good job of fighting, dancing, acting and all the works. Here’s a hero, in the real sense of the word, who deserves a far more sensible film than this jumbled up, bordering-on-retarded movie. So did Danny Denzongpa, who can make the most senseless thing credible just by his presence. On that note, someone needs to tell Jaaved Jaaferi that moving your head like you woke up from the wrong side of the bed, doesn’t really make one look intense and evil. ... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum? Well, except for Hrithiks dances and thrilling action stunts there is absolutely not much dum in this weak remake of Hollywod film 'Knight and Day'. The movie lacks the excitement and entertaining factor required for such films and will still cash in over its brilliant marketing strategies and festive holidays attached to it. We cannot blame Hrithik for giving us a half baked film as he had mentioned earlier, only that 'Bang Bang' is on the lines of 'Dhoom 2', but we never knew it would be a line below it. Thus, on over all basis would re-term 'Bang Bang' as 'Bland Bland' version of 'Knight and Day'.... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...But the film ends as badly as it started, saved by the lead actors-cavorting-in sexy wear song at the end credits. Most people hung around for that and left swooning about the beauty of the lead actors. If you're content doing that, plus enjoying a few over-the-top stunts, book your ticket.... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Full marks to the lead pair for not being overwhelmed by the commotion around them. Especially Hrithik, who knows the job at hand is silly, but never slips up... full review
So-So, by Gayatri Sankar, Zee News : ...Overall, ‘Bang Bang’ is a complete let down. The film has nothing really to offer expect some breath-taking action sequences and a sizzling hot chemistry between Hrithik and Katrina.... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Knight and Day, really, is the perfect film to remake in Bollywood, and the reworking comes with solid masala echoes at the start and finish. The action is also pretty good. I particularly enjoyed a stretch in the ocean, where Rajvir and Harleen come off like cavorting dolphins. But the film needed better location photography. It needed better writing.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepanjana Pal , FirstPost : ...This is clearly frustrating for Harleen because when she's injected with a truth serum soon after, all Harleen talks about is how Rajveer isn't attracted to her because she's boring. "You don't want me because I'm not exciting," she wails, while multiple bombs go off and men in black are shooting at her and Rajveer. The only way Rajveer can get her to shut up and focus on killing the bad guys is by getting her to straddle him, ask her to unzip his (calm down) jacket and reach for the guns he's carrying. He coos, "Tum bahut exciting ho, Harleen. Now shoot!... full review
Thumbs down, by Kritika Deval , fullhyd.com : ...Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey and the rest of the cast do justice to roles that do not do justice to their experience. Whether it is a lighthearted potboiler you're looking for this weekend, or a hot couple turning the heat up - walk away, people! There's nothing to see here!... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Bang Bang is one such film, where the lead actor looks engrossed and too careful about creating a brand image. He believes whatever he is doing is going to be applauded by the audience. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Khilnani , india today : ...The makers have put in a lot of money. Is it wasted or well spent, only time will tell. I would suggest you save your hard earned money and watch Bang Bang on TV someday soon. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/movie-review-bang-bang-is-a-waste-of-time-and-money-hrithik-roshan-katrina-kaif-siddharth-anand/1/393841.html... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...But do look out for brief appearances by Deepti Naval and Kanwaljit Singh and a solid-as-ever performance from Pavan Malhotra as a wily government agent who keeps getting in the hero’s way when the latter thinks he’s got things neatly wrapped up. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...To sum it up, Bang Bang is an amalgam of exotic locations, power-packed action and good looking actors. If that's enough good for you, if you are still looking for the story hit the next screen and watch Haider. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Raajiv Masand, Zee News : ...Director Siddharth Anand, the man who gave us such excruciating films as Tara Rum Pum and Anjaana Anjaani, applies the same pedestrian sensibilities to what could've been a slick enjoyable romp. ... full review
Visheshcool: Fab music ... Stunning HR moves... It's bang bang day....❤️❤️❤️
SupriyaDugar: One of the best Bollywood action films #BangBang
SRKPiku: HR was damn good..That's it..Story was not so good.Direction was Weak. #BangBang
SmitRana007: Watched #BangBang. Awesome movie. @iHrithik and #KatrinaKaif did a fabulous job. Just loved it. Must see. One of the best movies of 2014.
simply_rachu: I Must say #BangBang is the Bollywood movie shot like Hollywood movie.. Must watch. Mind blowing performance by @iHrithik Dil khush ho gaya
shaggynaughty: bravoo 1st day 1st show bang bang ossam movie gud work doneby hrithik sir n katrina love u hrithik roshan sir ;* @ihrithik ummha..
SaurabhTyagiS9: I watched #BangBang b4 some time it was realy outstanding movie by @iHritik @kat #fb
sarthak_gouda: Just watched bang bang , it is great , hit of the century
sareesh23: Thumps Up ( definitely, positively, decisively ) for Bang Bang !!!
santoshchandu11: just now watched BANG BANG movie its superbbb every one must watch it
santosh0929: Bang bang is bang on .,,, hrithik and super action makes it a super entertainer . Great locations amd Katrina add to the beauty . Must watch
salkulfree: Its a hit! Yeah its a hit! Both #BangBang n #Haider are a hit
sagarcool03: #bangbang superb movie :) enjoyed... thanks Duggu, Kat & Danny....
Ravii9999: Watch it for @ihrithik's BEST Performance & BanG BanG Action Sequences....!!
Ras_D3_PC_DP: And atlast sae bang bang *___* :D @iHrithik dam u were sooooopp good :* amazing concept just loved the dialogues..the action.. And ur dance
RAJ_z: 5 4 3 2 1 ..... #BANGBANG awesome movie... need to watch it again... luv u HR... :*:* :* @iNisha @iHrithik @jyotiHR1
raj_roock: #Bangbang superhit h Boss.....Great lead pair, lovely action and dances.... @iHrithik
prawalaashish: #BangBang ... Nice movie with @iHrithik looking dashing and acting superb...Katrina looks out of place...
PranjalDas_58: we got our money's worth #bangbang
nottyrox: Bang Bang Is SO-SO -SO Grand Movie .. Even The Price 1000 Is Less For Bang Bang .. #BangBangDay
NkDumre: mind blowing movie @ihrithik truely international star ..#bangbang
nicksp16: #BangBang mind boggling movie! @iHrithik has given everything to the movie! And his chemistry with #Katrina is fantabulous.
naresh4098: Don't expect a mind-blowing storyline, and focus on the thrills and frills. You'll have a good time. #BangBang @iHrithik
NaikSomnath: Bang bang ...its nt a bollywood movie its a Hollywood flick... Awesome movie...full Paisa basool...
MyselfIndrila: Watched #bangbang @ihrithik is d only man who can create this magic... Totaly powerpact wid sheer awesomeness
mukulmathpal: great thriller action suspense romantic emotional movie... i really enjoy today with #bangbang
memyselfrohit: Saw #BangBang ... MIND-BLOWING !! @iHrithik Take a bow!
me_bhav: #BangBang awsome !! simply enjoyed it even though its a remake !!! @iHrithik u were simply marvelous ....
MaiHunSatish: Watched #BangBang Really Banged us! Superb @iHrithik and katrina. Well done Sid!
machpai: #BangBang is jus mind boggling..wonderfully adapted for Indian aud!! Team take a bow!! @iHrithik @sujoy_g @VishalDadlani @ShekharRavjiani
londonguy121: #BangBang is one decent movie to watch from usual Bollywood crap these days, happy to hear all the positives from all. 5 4 3 2 1 #BangBang
king_sadashiva: #BangBang : Although its not as good as Knight and day kinda fun..still its a great watch for bollywood movie lovers.
jkvis: #bangbang @iHrithik mind blowing ! Loved it !
Jihaarifin: Bang Bang is such a really nice movie
jagdishsosa: Watched Bang Bang today it was just awesome, Duggu at his best and no one can touch him. Proud to have Duggu in bollywood:-) Don't miss it.
ishpru: #bangbang delivers what it promises! <dances around>
ishaantdhimaan: Ultimate Mvie fully Bang Bang... #BangBang
iRaj_HR_MSD: Don't go by the reviews these idiot critics are giving ! Go and watch #BangBang ! Make this weekend special
iPrasenjit_M: #BangBang is an Awesome movie.. A perfect entertainment package. Trust me it doesn't matter how much u spend in... https://www.facebook.com/prasenjit.mitra/posts/10203120057619241
inshulker1: Bang bang kadak movie . Hats off hritik for yr hard work man !
iankitsrk: Just Watched #BangBang ...Awesome Movie...Specially The Hi-Fi Action Scenes.. It Will surely break #Kick's overall record.
iamyuvigak: Must say best action movie I ever watched regarding Intel world in Indian Cinema, loved it to the core @iHrithik #BangBang
IAMRMER: Bang Bang - Hrithik , Katrina Movie Review Rating : 3.75/5 A Must Watch For All Hrithik roshan fans Movie Is... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=556924181074435
i_hrithikian: Watched it!! Loved it!! @iHrithik @foxstarhindi Bang Bang! #BangBang #BangBangBeginsWithHrithikandKatrina http://twitter.com/i_hrithikian/status/517601499799502849/photo/1
HrithikInspires: #BangBang! is a superhit. Great lead pair, lovely action and dances, full entertainment. http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/357/ (Review By Komal Nahata)
Govindjangir5: #Bangbang superhit n #Haider total washout
faizalcccf: despite all the overakkal chalakkal scenes bangbang is worth watchng
concisetrade: Our Ratings: Haider : 4 / 5. Bang Bang : 3 / 5 .
Codecdont: Awesome hrithik.. Dil jit liya bang bang:-)
Chirag_N_Desai: Bang bang... a nice watch, if nothing else just the chemistry between @iHrithik and katrina kaif is more than paisa wasool
BoL_BLoGGeR: Bang Bang is wonderful. One of the coolest movies I have seen in Bollywood's action genre. @iHrithik looks too amazing to even blink 4 a sec
BinduGorantla: #BangBang amazing movie. @iHrithik and Katrina bth are fabulous... Loved it totally
BeingPhatak: Bang Bang. Hrithik Roshan. Hats off.
Being_mG: #BangBang right mesh of luvv story with a superb action...
ayush1997jain: Great movie #BangBang @iHrithik rocks.The stunt sequences were amazing.
aishwaryasrma: Watched #BangBang finally as all of the shows in @IndiaCinepolis Jaipur are houseful. @iHrithik & Katrina both are superb throughout.
Adityadec4: #BangBang is far better than Knight and Day. Bollywood movie in Hollywood style. Its Bollywood time now.
abhi_preityfan: wow.. #bangbang amazingggggg . god of dance mindblowing #hrithikforever . will watch it again and again ..@iHrithik @Hrithikdbest
sarabmeet: Bang bang was alright . Nothing that great. Extremely draggy tho. Unexpected twists throughout the movie.
manoj_victory: #BangBang 1st half is Good
jagmeet_93: I'd rate it 5.5/10 #BangBang
adhyayam: Superb 1st half, dragging yet bearable with some good scenes,Romance btn lead pair made this #BangBang watchable.Hrithik's show All the way.
tweeter4Mahi: Watched #BangBang Neerasam vachesindi. First time Hrithik movie ki walkouts chusa. Boring scenes/no fresh story. Disappointed
trippleh1: #BangBang #boring and its a dry day too... I'll have to settle with Benadryl today
SuperGops: #BangBang multiple instances through the movie where I was yawning out of bore. Was thinking of leaving at interval too.
SrivatsaKrishna: Second half marginally better. Overall movie #bangbang terrible waste of time. knight and day was infinitely better
Shaal78: Bang Bang is a pathetic movie!!! Very disappointed.
scorpio111128: #BangBang paper thin script might create a watchable film but it won’t be a brilliant or memorable watch.
sandeeponthenet: #BangBang The jokes in the movie are actually a joke. Extremely disappointed.
rjakshay10296: jitna dard kick dekh ke hua usse jyada bang bang dekh ke ho raha hai..bas 5 din movie kuch kama legi..-ve wom hai..
Raka061: As #BangBang is not up to the mark, finger crossed for #HNY
rachitmathur5: #Haider super hit hai !! #BangBang super flop hai !! Not a fans verdict !! @shahidkapoor rocks @iHrithik rocks Katrina u sucks
nbnrational: #BangBang disappointing
lathu: Movie review: Bang Bang is a waste of time and money http://indiatoday.feedsportal.com/c/33614/f/589699/s/3f0b230f/sc/36/l/0Lindiatoday0Bintoday0Bin0Cstory0Cmovie0Ereview0Ebang0Ebang0Eis0Ea0Ewaste0Eof0Etime0Eand0Emoney0Ehrithik0Eroshan0Ekatrina0Ekaif0Esiddharth0Eanand0C10C3938410Bhtml/story01.htm
krish_reebok: Better watch Knight and day , which itself a mediocre film , BANG BANG is not upto mark
kadburies: doob gayi bang bang.jo theatre se nikle saale ro rahe hai
jogpushkar: Saw #bangbang regret to share my disappointment #hritik as usual was excellent
ipraveensharma: What a waste of Hrithik & Katrina! #BangBang is too predictable and old school. Disappointed. #Review
imSKH: #bangbang the bakwaas movie
govindgilda: Watched bang bang with @Shrikant_S_S .. Not too good...
Deepuzoomout: Bokkalo boring bokadia cinema, deenikante meher Ramesh billa 10times better... #HeadBang #BangBang
BubblyDentist: Bang bang is a total disappointment. I never say this but do yourself a favour & do not watch it.
Blasius_Dsouza: #BangBang gosh...Dhoom 3, Ram Gopal Verma ki aag was better
arvindrawatcom: "Bang bang" third class Bakwaas
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sareeka : amzing outsatnding performance by hrithik
Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Yes, it's a Popcorn Movie - but it's got Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, right in their element!
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Nay! Thumbs Down, by Divya
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The Kohinoor is stolen and that is supposed to put some India-UK treaty at stake. Go figure.