Mickey Virus

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A comic thriller that wants to do all the right things but misses as many times as it makes its mark.

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Director: Saurabh Varma
Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Thriller
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At first glance, Mickey Virus does come across as a breezy, fun film which has that typical yet fresh Delhi character charm. But within two minutes of the trailer itself it becomes a little too pretentious. A little too 'out there' for the sake of being 'out there'.

Yet, there seems to be some sort-of a story line that can be amusing by itself. The voyeurism does creep me out, hopefully it is a marketing ploy and there is more to the film than just that.

These are the kind of films that I like, in which you can walk in absolutely neutral - no huge expectations, no huge apprehensions. It is a good thing then, that the trailer doesn't give away too much of the plot. In a neutral kind-of a way, looking forward to this one.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "2/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "the album is hugely disappointing."

- meeta, a part of the audience

The first thing that strikes you about Mickey Virus is the overt use of what is supposedly "cool" language. From facebook and twitter to use of words like backspace and escape in regular dialogue, Mickey Virus goes overboard just to make an impact, to squeeze a laugh out of you. Unfortunately, it is also the big picture that you walk out of the theater with. It is a shame then that Mickey Virus has enough material in its cute, albeit illogical story to have made a good comic thriller.

From the slogan t-shirt to the one-liners, the film seems like its writing department's only aim was to impress with its wit in every single line - at least in the first half. The adrenaline rush seems to settle down post-interval, which is when the relentless onslaught of absolutely ridiculous computer jargon begins. Wires, USB sticks, random computer screens take over with a vengeance.

More unfortunately than fortunately, Mickey Virus does have a decent story hiding behind all this mumbo-jumbo. Our man, Mickey (Manish Paul), a rockstar, computer hacker is roped in by the police to solve a cyber crime. He gets himself into a very tight spot around interval. By then, you have warmed up to his personality and you really want him to come out unscathed and want to know how he does it too.

Alas, the weave gets so messy that you lose interest. It almost feels like its written by a 16-year old who is trying his hand at a story for the first time. In that sense, the movie is a good first attempt. But ultimately, it is pretty juvenile. This is besides the mind-numbing number of loopholes in the details.

Thankfully though, the lead performance is pretty mature. It does require talent to portray a believable, charming, good-for-nothing buffoon. This, Manish Paul manages pretty well. Soon enough, he has to go into a serious, scared mode which he makes you believe too.

The rest of the cast ain't bad either. In comedies like these, I am just thankful they aren't too loud. That relative restraint itself is applaud-worthy. How I wish some of that restraint was shown in filling the film up with romantic numbers that do not belong. Well I know, that is always too much to ask for.

Having had a decent broad story and a good lead actor on board, Mickey Virus ought to have dived a little deeper to make for a thriller we could laugh with. It's as if the makers were either too lazy or too scared to fill in the details with smart content. They opt for stuff that is so out there that no one will take the film seriously. This too would've been fine, if it were done in moderation.

Mickey Virus does come across as a film that the makers weren't entirely comfortable with. There are sparks that indicate they would've rather made it an all-out thriller. The comedy bits seem like an outer cover, an after thought, even. Yet, it is great to see a comic thriller being attempted. A brainless comedy with some direction is better than one that hams aimlessly, any day.

- meeta, a part of the audience

23 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 14 so-so 6 nays

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Thumbs up, by Rashma Shetty Bali , Bollywood Life : ...Manish Paul makes an impressive entry into Bollywood ... full review

Thumbs up, by IANS, In.com : ...This is an oddball of a movie that tries to make sense of the senseless whirligig of urban internet-driven lifestyles. What the 'hack'! Just go out there and have fun.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...For the crisp writing, humour and Manish Paul’s antics this one’s worth your time.... full review

So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ... On the whole, MICKEY VIRUS is a well-made, engrossing thriller that should be liked by the youngsters. ... full review

So-So, by Tushar Joshi, DNA : ...Mickey Virus will appeal to Manish Paul fans who want to see him in a different role other than a TV show host... full review

So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...The film dawdles between being a comedy and a heist film and could have done with a tauter screenplay and tighter editing... full review

So-So, by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost : ...Still, the movie is watchable for those looking for something easy-breezy, and Manish Paul is affable and has a good energy about him... full review

So-So, by Neha Mathur, fullhyd.com : ...The music is mediocre, as is the film itself, which never really takes off from being just-an-amusing-movie to something truly novel. While Mickey Virus tries to portray the seedy side of the hacking world, its representation is crude as are its CGI effects... full review

So-So, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ... Click Here Hindustan Times | LiveMint | LiveHindustan | More Delhi - [ Min 19°C / Max 31°C ] | city weather rss site Advertisement HindustanTimes Sat,26 Oct 2013 Entertainment NEWS VIEWS BUSINESS CRICKET Entertainment tech autos Travel BOOKS PHOTOS VIDEOS BLOGS ePAPER ESTATES Deals JOBS MATRIMONIAL HOTELS Home Celebs Tabloid Movies Reviews Sex & Relationships Art Fashion TV Photos Videos Bollywood Movie review: Mickey Virus is for Manish Paul fans Sweta Kaushal, Hindustantimes.com New Delhi, October 25, 2013 Email to Author First Published: 16:34 IST(25/10/2013) Last Updated: 17:57 IST(25/10/2013) Share Share on facebookShare on linkedinShare on googleShare on emailmore. 4 comments Email print Manish Paul makes his Bollywood debut with Saurabh Verma's Mickey Virus. Paul plays a lazy but expert hacker in the film. Take a look. more photos » Manish Paul's Bollywood debut Mickey Virus hits theatres today. With Salman Khan endorsing the movie on his show Bigg Boss, enough publicity was done for a small budget film, hence raising epxectations. Does the movie live up to the expectations? Not really. Critics feel that the plotline related stories Mickey Virus turns HT House viral Mickey Virus is a do-or-die film for me: director Saurabh Varma is too loose for retaining the viewers' interest. Film critic Sanjukta Sharma writes for Livemint, "The humour has no edge and the performances are awkwardly exaggerated." Tusshar Joshi writes for DNA, "Despite a strong support from the cast, the core material of the film is weak. The actual hacking and the way the portals and CGI screens look is very juvenile." Critic Saibal Chatterjee (NDTV) thinks that the film, which marks the debut of both the lead actors - Elli and Manish - as well as the writer-director Saurabh Varma, is rather commendable for a debut. "In the cast, too, are two first-timers who pass muster - Manish Paul and Elli Avram," Saibal adds. Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express writes, "What I liked about this bunch is that they are not trying too hard, and except for a couple of exaggerations, seem just right for their milieu. They are all appropriately named : apart from Manish Paul's cocky layabout Mickey the Virus, there is Gupta as Chutney, the lone girl in the group but holding her own, Kakkar as Floppy, and Kumar as Pancho. And Nitesh Pandey, as the Professor, who knows everything." Mickey Virus can, nonetheless, be watched for the actors. The Jhalak- Dikhhla Jaa fame host has fared well in his debut. Apart from the lead, character actors Varun Badola, Manish chaudhary, too have impressed with their performances... full review

So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Mickey Virus isn't unwatchable, but at 2 hours and 15 minutes, it certainly overstays its welcome, offering little by way of laughs or thrills. Read more at: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mickey-virus-review-its-a-concept-in-search-of-a-plot/430518-47-84.html?utm_source=ref_article... full review

So-So, by Faheem Ruhani, india today : ... Mickey Virus is not a bug you would want to get rid off easily. Go get infected! ... full review

So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Mickey Virus is quite a breather from the low IQ comedies we are subjected to on many Fridays. A tauter script, with more humor and a steamier story could have helped this film in rising above being merely a moderate entertainer... full review

So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Manish makes an earnest and confident debut on the big screen. Pooja as his mischievous buddy is pretty impressive. Elli stands out like a sore thumb with her poor acting skills. It is Badola who gets some of the best lines and also comes up with a pretty impressive performance. Nitesh Pandey who plays the all-knowing smart-assed professor could have been much better.... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...In short you don't need an anti-virus to get cured by this harmless virus which infects moderately... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Director Saurabh Varma seems a lot more comfortable in this space that doesn't depend on cheesy VFX. Even without a massive budget, it is sleek for most part.... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Varun Badola as an inspector who has gunpowder allergy provides the film's best moments. Despite the many virus attacks that the screenplay faces, Mickey Virus is a passable film... full review

So-So, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ... This virus won't crash your system. Watch it! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Mickey Virus”… Saying it with passwords ... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini : ...One twist too many and I was still wondering where this was headed. After the film got over, I was wondering whether watching this whole concoction was worth it. Well, the straight answer is that it isn’t. This is when time could be easily passed by doing something more productiv... full review

Thumbs down, by Hardeep Singh Chakkiwaala , Desi Martini : ... it doesn’t even impressed with an IT-Dumb guy like me with whatever they have shown. A Hacker would probably laugh it off.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Before interval, the script changes gear. There is more drama and then a lengthy explanation of how, when, why and who. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Mickey Virus if stripped of all tripe treatment had the scope to be a thoroughly entertaining film but falls short and ends up disappointing the audience. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Paloma Sharma, Rediff : ...with weak direction, even the best of stories cannot be told well. This 130-minute venture takes too long to set the tone of things and could definitely use a shorter, tighter script... full review

34 tweeters(?) - 27 yays 5 so-so 2 nays

vmanpower: Mickey Virus is a Must watch Thriller comedy... ;)

vishwajeet00007: Watch film mickey virus, well made film.

VikramChatterje: Liked "Mickey Virus" good job Saurav Verma!!

twinprem: Mickey Virus..... Superb... Celebrating at JWM.

Tutejajoginder: Mickey Virus: Fantastic movie. Twist pe twist pe twist. Very gripping after an ok 1st 30 mins. A cool thriller and a definite watch. ***1/2

sukhadia_dhaval: Mickey Virus-wat a awsme Script...nyce movie #hacking

Shivani1234678: mickey virus is complete entertaining movie njoyed my bday so so so much ... @ManishPaul03

shivajireddy: Nice movie ....Mickey virus...!!!

Sheesh1234: Justttt watched..Mickey Virus....Awesome movie!!!!

Rajiv_films: Mickey virus rocks . Big debut film 4 main stars Manish and elli. Bollywood watch out big stars have arrive http://twitter.com/Rajiv_films/status/393817209228644352/photo/1

Psychic_100rabh: Mickey virus = vicky donor humour + a lil extra ! Liked it.

PratimPanda: Mickey virus is some kind of virus which makes u laugh..make u sandy... And comes off with brilliant ideas... 4 out of 5 @zoomtv

mayursharma04: Mickey virus..entertaining thriller hai boss..@ManishPaul03

lokneha: Mickey virus is good movie. Its shown Delhi touch.

KritikaAgrawal6: Mickey Virus must b wtched.Gr8 film!Whole cst n crw hav don excellnt job @ManishPaul03.@varunbadola7 was outstanding n steals the whole show

KiranNahid: I watched mickey virus today and I loved it.....

KapiilParwani: MICKEY VIRUS... :-D :-D

ImranSKazmi: Guys pls do watch @ManishPaul03 movie mickey virus it's out now go nd grab it .. ;)

iamtanmaay: mickey virus is complete entertaining movie njoyed it.

himanshushahu7: Mickey virus awsome movie must watch a complete entertainment :-) #mickeyvirus

filmsofindia: "The intelligently written and narrated 3 star Mickey Virus is a must watch if you are looking out for innovative... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599152360131217&l=2329c8d22c

DollyTruscott: And..Mickey Virus is a film based on hacking and is full of suspense. The story is strong.

CrazyMusings1: This virus won’t crash ur system… do watchh!!! movie:MICKEY VIRUS http://crazymusings.com/movie-reviewmickey-virus/

CrazyCoolSachin: Watched mickey virus.... Good one... Secnd half was gud

BeingShraddha: watched Mickey Virus! awesome movie! @ManishPaul03

BarbieSania: goodevening guys... plzz see d mickey virus

12345ankitgoyal: good movie to watch......light entertainer. http://toi.in/micron/redirect.html?str=GKr0Eb

sadiyagandhi: I like Manish Paul in mickey virus,movie is very average but varun badola takes the cake..luv u bhallaji

Naadaan_Parinda: My Views on 'Mickey Virus' : Average comedy thriller, watchable for some hillarious moments. http://filmi-world.blogspot.in/2013/10/movie-analysis-mickey-virus.html

KavitaAChhibber: Second half of mickey virus a lot better. As some one said see it for the love of manish Paul. The rest wait for dvd.

iamtarunmahajan: Just about ok# Mickey virus

bkgcooldude: mickey VIRUS ........... iNTRESTING PLOT BUT PREDICTABLE

sparshsingh11: Mickey virus, Donald bacteria, duck crypsomania , POOH CHUTIYAPA

PJdiploma: Mickey virus sucks. Kisne banayi ghatiya movie aur kisne diye isko itnw stars?

1 readers - 1 yays 0 so-so 0 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Anuj

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : Everyone should try this

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A few quick and dry murders.
  • Language: A few curse words are used.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: One making out scene. A few scenes with a suggestively dressed lead actress.
  • Concept: A software hacker is roped into solve a cyber crime.

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Running time:
130 minutes

Comments (6)

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@Meeta:If at all some day u decide to set personal perception aside and look at things in a more factual manner,you're most welcome to visit the following blog


@Anuj hmmm...as far as movies are concerned, I'm very happy and smug with my perception. So far. When I've had enough, I certain will. :D


@Meeta:Considering i'v changed my id,shouldn't i be having a new profile on this forum?

These are two different IDs as far as I can tell.


Really interesting,,,,although i havnt expected much from this one,,,,so i got more,,,....
The thriller bit is good,,,and remains til the end and the comedy was fresh,,,,manish was natural....
A refreshing movie for me...

@Anup :D

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