wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
There is something very intriguing about films with magicians as the lead character. It adds a very appealing aura of mystery. Then of course, you add Aamir Khan to the mix and the curiosity raises a notch higher - regardless of what you think of him as an actor.
Especially considering, here Aamir Khan has a complete open hand to be himself rather than the character. Anyway, given the action genre, any actor - whether playing the hero or the villain - can slide by with a range of three emotions.
Sliding down on the "what matters" scale are Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. Here they seem to have been sidelined completely into generic and repetitive roles. Sad. Considering it was so much fun to watch them in Dhoom. I'm not even going to get into how awful Dhoom 2 was.
I guess my problem is that I look for story. And here the characters open their mouth and you know how much importance the writing department has received - A police officer saying, "The thief leaves a card behind. Let's make him rob again." Really?
Now, when the men in the mix are going to be treated as props, what hope is there for the woman? I guess we should be thankful that she at least gets to wear gorgeous colors, make some "dance" moves and in general look pretty.
Slick action choreography, execution and special effects are what matter and that's something Dhoom 3 doesn't seem to skim on. The action looks world class and the hope is that they haven't covered everything they have to show off in the trailer. The action buff in me hopes there is a more, lot more.
Yet, misgivings abound when you remember the director's last film was Tashan. And yet, this is perfect balance of expectations to walk into a theater with. Let's see what the end of 2013 has for us, then.
- meeta, a part of the audience
"How did you do it?" A question every magician takes pride in not answering. Of course, Dhoom 3's magician, Saahir (Aamir Khan) is asked that too, but as an audience it peaked my interest only half-heartedly. Mainly because It is a tad predictable despite being indigestible. Two things in a movie that I have very little patience for - predictability and implausibility.
But, then again, Dhoom 3 has Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra trying to pull off Rajni-style stunts. How much more meta can unbelievability get? To their credit they do their best in bringing out laughter, whether well-meant or not is a matter of 'to each his own'. I did feel like observing a two minute silence in mourning as I saw Uday Chopra get a better role as comic relief than Abhishek Bachchan as sidekick. Oh well.
But then again, with Aamir Khan around every one is a sidekick. So, Aamir Khan does his bit with an intense look persistently on his face for the first half of the film. It is annoying, but then again I walked in expecting that. But pleasantly, he shifts gears in the second half and actually pulls off his role very cleverly.
That leaves Ms. Kaif to start with some "Indian Goddess song and dance" thing. It does so happen that her role is a little more than just that. Just about enough for the feminist in me to not say, "she was used as a prop." Even so, the performance itself doesn't require any great emotion. Anyway, what place does emotion have in an action flick, other than superficial.
And superficially infused it is, the romance, the dedication a son has for his father, the revenge - all of them seem to just be fillers in what the movie is really meant for - action. The action sequences themselves are some shoddy, some pretty neat, all of it inspired from something we have seen elsewhere. Yet, for those of us who haven't seen too many action films, some bits can be a new experience.
Similarly, the story will not be a new experience for anyone who has seen The Prestige. And for those people the comparison will be equivalent to blasphemy - what Ghajini was to [Memento}(http://wogma.com/article/my-favorite-movies/ "Memento Review"), Dhoom 3 is to The Prestige.
I just don't understand how the audience is expected to look over the fact that Dhoom 3 is nothing but a 3 hour long chase sequence with not just enough thrills. To add fuel to fire, what the makers thought as important is repeated and in slo-mo for effect. Sigh.
And yet, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Dhoom 3 finds its share of takers and more. sigh again
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Dhoom 3 may not be a perfect thriller, but it’s a ripsnorting entertainer, with catchy songs, elaborate choreography, superb stunts, bike chases firing on all cylinders, and a wonderful climax that leaves you high, but not dry. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...DHOOM-3 is one solid entertainer loaded with attitude and star power that will leave fans of the series salivating for more. It is miles ahead of its predecessors in the DHOOM series. This will shatter previous records and set new ones. SURE-SHOT BLOCKBUSTER.... full review
Thumbs up, by Vinod Talreja, Bollywood Life : ...Just stop whatever you are doing, grab a bucket of popcorn and go watch the film – if nothing else, for the sake of the suspense and stunts it has.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Dhoom 3 is a definite must watch. Breathtakingly shot with gorgeous cinematography, this edition notches higher than its preceding films in terms of thrills and mostly in terms of soul... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Dhoom 3's story with a twist wrapped around it, like the ribbon around a Christmas gift. Merrily unwrap - flying out of the Great Indian Circus, Dhoom 3 is great fun. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...film was super entertainment, the first half really has edge-of-the seat tension and the twists are really well executed. To give the film its due it is definitely the best ‘Dhoom’.... full review
So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The point of reviewing a film that is a hit before it even reaches the theatres is that a small number of sceptical readers wan to know whether the film is worth watching... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...To give you your money’s worth there’s a star cast. There’s Katrina’s great glamour, there’s Uday Chopra’s foolhardy comedy and there’s Abhishek Bachchan’s machismo. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...the poorly constructed narrative surrounding characters who appear half-baked and devoid of warmth, and the ‘returns’ oriented casting choices make this film a less than entertaining experience than it could have been.... full review
So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ... It's monster madness, manufactured to leave you in a daze. It's mammoth dumbness guaranteed to be out of your mind no sooner you hit the exit door. In the end of it, if you still like Dhoom 3, it is because of Aamir. There is a vital twist about his role in the film that bars any discussion on his performance. All we'll say is go watch Dhoom 3 for Aamir... full review
So-So, by Sukanya Verma., Rediff : ...Dhoom 3 continues the tradition of extravagance in adventure and expenditure by roping in the fastidious Aamir Khan as its latest star antagonist...
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...It’s all entertainment that’s easily accessible, digestible, and doesn’t ruffle any feathers. Equal parts absurd and visually dazzling, Dhoom 3 remains (and I use this unbecoming term) a decent one-time watch. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...The object of Sahir’s hate, the head honcho at the bank he robs, is called Warren Anderson, which was the name of Union Carbide’s chairman at the time of the Bhopal gas tragedy. Was it unintentional or meant as a cheeky aside? Either way, I got a chuckle out of it. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...I am not writing it here in details and would like all the friends who have watched DHOOM 3 to take a guess in their individual comments.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice : ...The earlier Dhoom films may have put style over substance but they were still a lot of fun. This one has neither style nor substance, and is too tedious to be any fun. At a runtime of almost three hours, it is two hours too long... full review
Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma , Deccan Chronicle : ...The film Dhoom 3’s producers paid for was meant to be a grand, seductive, dizzy journey. Unfortunately, our travel companions on this journey are old fogies who have seen and shown us better days.... full review
Thumbs down, FirstPost : ...Khan is a good dramatic actor and a great comedic actor, but is not a commercial action hero. Someone needed to tell him to lighten up a bit. This is a Dhoom movie after all... full review
VishalM2396: Dhoom 3 was a great movie.
umang305: #Dhoom3 was Fucking Awesome.Amir Khan again proved he is one of the greatest actor.Easily the best movie of the year.
twtrBOLLYWOOD: #Dhoom3 Music, Action, Dance, Emotion, Thrill, Location, Chicago. Above all marvellous unmatchable Aamir Khan. Hat's off to @aamir_khan .
tiger_myself: #Dhoom3 meri taraf se 4/5 stars...
TheBaljit: #etcDhoom3 #DHOOM3 hasati bhi hai, entertain bhi karti hai aur rulati bhi hai
ThatTechGuy23: DHOOM 3 was fantastic!
tenzin58: Dhoom3 s awesome....★★★★★ Amir khan rock here, katrina dance as well. That magic bike....love it. @AmirKingKhan @KatrinaKaif
sushie16: Watched dhoom3 @aamir_khan has given a brilliant performance ! Watch for him ! Loved him every bit
sonalc07: #Dhoom3 = Aamir khan. .. awesome !!
Shadinator: Well to start off I saw dhoom 3!!!! IT WAS PERFECT!!!!!!!
sellaajani: Dhoom 3 is the best movie ever seen in 2013. Unpredictable and love this action
sameer_ejaz: #Dhoom3 Amazing Movie
saalimparkar: 100% sure that Dhoom 3 will break all the records :)
RrMahanta: Superb movie must watch it #Dhoom3
Rizzxcky: dhoom 3 is a must to watch
RitwikKaulas1: Dhoom 3.. first day second show. Awesome movie..
rakeshs76734466: dhoom3 is entertainingh well enjoyable and fully action thiller movie........ must watch it.
pooja_pixielove: The theatre is full of hotties :* Paisa vasool already #dhoom3
pgambhire18: All Record is Goan in Dhoom 3 Movies Best Movies in Amir Khan..
pellmelody: #Dhoom3 was damned good. Katrina needed more to do, tho.
omergailani1: Dhoom3 was awesome!! :-)
Nattu_Salagundi: india celebrates dhoom-3 .. dhoom machaleeeeeeeeeeee.......
Nabeelk21: DHOOOOOOOOMM MACHADEEE!!!! #Dhoom3
MujDude: My one bollywood movie of the year will probably be #Dhoom3
monicaunplugged: #dhoom3 just amazing well done Amir khan and others good story and photography
mohit_parihar: #Dhoom3 Rocks. @aamir_khan all the way
MissBlissz: Cc @Fuljhadii @BabaTwitteshwar: Half way Dhoom 3 and I am mesmerised. Amazing :D"
miharshalpatil: Just watched #Dhoom3 n it's a brilliant film which will destroy all previous records....
Mia_Katoholic: I want Watch DHOOM 3 Again...
mdjasim1993: Nice Act by #Aamir in #Dhoom3,This is the Biggest twins Role Act Ever Done in B-Town.Such a Nice Stunt in movie.Really he is perfectionist.
MarriamQazi: Dhoom 3 was soooo good! Definitely surpassed all my expectations
Manyukan: Many congratulations to the #DhoomTeam. They delivered what was expected. #Dhoom3
MamashiB: DHOOM 3 WAS THE BEST EVER OMG I LOVED ITTTT
malikmarsalan: Dhoom 3 was great
JounAbbas: dhoom 3 . wow..
JadeyPerson: DHOOM3. Crazy shit. Action scenes were insane. Seen a good movie after a long time!!
IAmHashyGill: Dhoom 3 was awesome. Way better than Dhoom 1 & 2. It was worth of time to watch and brilliantly directed by the... https://www.facebook.com/TheHashyGill1/posts/648321085211442
gsushma55: Hi.....GD evENing FRienDS............WATchED dhoom3.....OsaM MovIE yaaRO ....MusT WatCH......!!!!
Great_Cinema: Hatsoff to Amir khan What an acting in Such a commercial bumper dhoom series wah #dhoom3 awesome performance
gaurav2divine: Dhoom3.......Zoooooooom. Must watch.
Chikaadee: Amir Khan is an absolutely Brilliant actor. Dhoom 3 waw Awesome!! Now I just wish they make Don 3. Had a... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPcIxwXcYIE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
chandrashim: Fantastic Movie.... one of the best bollyood product I ever watched. . Unforgettable night walked a lot.... haha... Dhoom 3 Rock.......
Carita_Dcosta: Dhoom 3 soooo AWSUM♡ I WAN DHOOM4 @juniorbachchan
BIKASHPANDEY099: sure dhoom 3 is bumper hit ! thanks to entire team.
badalsk: Dhoom 3 iz Superbbbb... yaar
BabaTwitteshwar: Half way Dhoom 3 and I am mesmerised. Amazing :D
ashwatg17: will go for second tym to watch dhoom 3..gr8 work by yr films and team @Dhoom3TheMovie
anujsaurav: Aamir Khan, the man with the Midas touch does it once again. Dhoom: 3 is a biggest hit!
ANUJHACKER: Mazaa aa gaya yaar Dhoom 3 dekhke....Aamir ki mast acting...Katrina ki adaye....Aamir ka double role....Awesome... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=691483110885510&id=100000714835345
anishmoni: Just saw DHOOM 3...! It was gud....!!stunts wer awesome
anilkumaruikey: dhoom 3 is awesome movie
Ameer_TE: This is the best in dhoom series. #Dhoom3
AkkiTalks: 250+ for #Dhoom3 5*****/5
akhil_ramireddy: Watched Dhoom 3 very well made film with high technical values..must say that Aamir khan created Dhoom with his performance!
Aishwarya_Tej: "badal73: Watched #Dhoom3 . Loved the action, thrill and #Katrina.
adarshbhatk: Watched #Dhoom3 with @PChelseafc ... Sheer awesomeness, a real tribute to the Indian Cinema! It was a treat :-)
ABHILNMI: #Dhoom3 awesome, extraordinary and master class
AamirianForEver: i watched dhoom3 it's just amazing movie i have never seen something like this Aamir Khan & Katrina Kaif You Both Guys Create The Magic
21centurie_kant: #dhoom3 best film till date if we consider bollywood...
yogeeii: As close as possible to the horses mouth. Dhoom3, one time watch only.
ViMaL_Verified: Watched Dhoom 3... Not that impressive or anything but can watch once..! The best thing about the movie was my bike ride back home :-D :P
Urvipatel36: Dhoom 3 wasn't so bad
rosaceous: MAJOR twist in Dhoom 3 right before the interval. Too bad the beginning is riddled with silly stunts.
reenaakaurr: Dhoom 3 was alright, in between good and bad
ramjaiswal075: Watched dhoom 3, but dhoom 2 was much better than dhoom 3,
omerfkhan: I was expecting a lot from Dhoom 3 but I guess I just enjoyed amir khans acting at the end ! Overall the movie was just fine...
MuizzCute: DHOOM-3...The movie which I expected a lot but it was bakwass...half movie is gud..
MoviePlanning: #dhoom3 #interval absolutely average so far
iRahulSelvam: Dhoom 3, well spent!! Some visuals are stunning, some are no brainer.
im_swetzo: #Dhoom3 Well.. nt dat great movie bt if u like #Aamir then u shud watch it once .
Dixit_Anand: So Yes,... ;-) #Dhoom3 is not Bad as Expected ! Nice...... @aamir_khan @juniorbachchan @udaychopra
DhavStrong10: So Yes,Dhoom 3 is not Bad as Expected ! Nice......
Desi_tharra: Dhoom 3 is ok ok
AmanChachu: #Dhoom3 is crap for bikers and a decent watch for most of the people.
vkchaitanyam: Dhoom 3-This is the worst in the series
TheAnkitPatel: But they won't agree!! Chor hai na!! "@PCDharamshi: Stupid movie. I want my money back. #Dhoom3"
swapniltayadex: dhoom 3 = 3 guna chutiyagiri
shwetzonly: Somewhere between #Dhoom & #Dhoom3 i lost my innocence :(
shad0wknight21: OMG DHOOM 3 WAS SO GOOD. LOL just kidding. Such a shit movie. #wasteofmoney
sduhan91: Dhoom 3 bakwash movie bekar hai
sankalptweetism: #Dhoom3 Another Bollywood Disaster!
saket22: Dhoom3 pathetic..Amir K only good thing..cant imagine concept copied blatantly from "Prestige"....Aamir wasnt expected from u...!!!
Rohit24Sinha: #Dhoom3 total waste of time......only one you would like in movie is uday chopra
rakeshua25: dhoom 3 is ok movie isse achha he ki dhoom 1 n 2 dobara dekh le
rahulka22: Dhoom 3 is a worst movie of Dhoom series
prash87_tyagi: DHOOM 3 totally bakwas....
PCDharamshi: Stupid movie. I want my money back. #Dhoom3
OUATIMA: Yaar #angrez bhi hasenge ke kya kar rahe hai yeh log. Very bad acting n editing by everyone, including aamir (except jackie dada) #Dhoom3
nirosharobert: #Dhoom3 wad #dumb
nikhil_mittal86: I rarely watch movies in theatre, when i do so it usually bring disappointed - Dhoom -3 is no exception - poor efforts
najmi_an: Bollywood. Please stop making SHITTTT. #Dhoom3
mukeshm19: I watched Dhoom-3 today. Very worst movie of this year. Completely worthless and boring.
msriramathreya: With all the reviews down south.. can we sell #Dhoom3 tickets on Olx ? :)
Mr_LonelySRKian: Oh God! Save me.:P #Dhoom3
meghnanagelli: Totally disappointed..not dat gud..3/5 rating..#Dhoom3
karansachdev: So dhoom3 begins work rohit shetty type action. Awesome......NOT
KAJEEVAN: #Dhoom3 far behind from #dhoom2... #magic and #racing scenes likeable. .. other than that nothing in the film.#dissapointed
jaspr_march: watched #dhoom3 .such a wasteful timepass .no building up.sme sort f tie up with #bmw .#amir was pretty average.
Hussayy_: Dhoom3 ki ending ke saath uday chopra ke career ki bhi ending thi.
HrithikJelena: Dhoom3 you disappointed me.
HarisKarim786: #Story was not good as i expected .. :( #film #Dhoom3
gaganjeet: #Dhoom3 - Waste of money and time. As we say in Hindi - Dabba movie hai boss. #Bollywood
faltoo_engineer: Chicago calling cops from India to solve robberies #Dhoom3 #facepalm
drm_modi: #Dhoom3 crap
divyaa_patel: Dhoom 3 was sick!!
ChyaMayla: Why would Aamir do a movie like #Dhoom3 ?
chinnagadu: The worst first 45min , #dhoom3
AuthorDhiraj: Why would Aamir do a movie like Dhoom 3? It erases our memory of 3 Idiots. #etcDhoom3
arjunan_: Will watch all Xmas releases. Dhoom3 last
ankitsharmatup: Although this is the stupidest movie one can ever see. #Dhoom3
ANDYDIASTWEETS: #Dhoom3 is just total crap. Thanks @aamir_khan and katrina for savung the movie. Abhishek and Uday are terrible
An_Odd_ee: #Dhoom3 will work because of Aamir's star power and holiday season but it's definitely the weakest of all.
AmitWebnet1: I think Chicago police should watch the #dhoom3 they will commit suicide just like Aamir khan.
AditiBardia: Dhoom 3, a big let down! :/
abirnoorani: Dhoom 3 is not up to the Mark of Dhoom 1-2 movie is very slow and pridictebel
303_msd: Aamir . .doob gaya tera #dhoom3
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Adam : excellent
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : With some ignorable flaws its a must watch
Yay! Thumbs Up, by naveen rajput : 100
Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Hey, it's DHOOM! Maybe a bit Deeper Than Expected, with Nice Perfs by Amir Khan and Katrina Kaif
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Vishal
So-So, by Anuj
So-So, by Reviewer : If you like movie without any basic concept then you can make plan for this movie...
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