wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
The question shouldn't be, "Is it good or not?" it should be, "How bad is it?" Action we saw in yesteryears, dialogue we have been listening to from earlier than that. The lameness of a story and its execution, of course, has been taken to a new level.Read more
"Oh look…what's that? Batman! Because this looks like Gotham city!!"
"Oh wait! Spiderman!! He's spewing a web from his wrist!"
Damn!! It's the new bloke on the block called Prince…and he's no charming superhero in disguise, he's just a common thief trying to act "yo..kewl" and all that jazz!
It's actually humiliating to me as an audience to start thinking about a film in terms of, "Which complaint should I start with?" Action, direction, acting, casting, songs, music, plot, dialogue? The deeper stuff like characterization I'll not even get into giving the genre a benefit of doubt. Just because we have seen worse, doesn't make this one anywhere close to watchable. sigh Anyway, here we go…
The base plot itself had many-many interesting possibilities. A character loses his memory. He possesses a valuable that is of immense importance to smugglers, police, crossers and double-crossers alike. We haven't the foggiest why they all want it, but obviously all of them are waiting for him to recollect where he's kept the piece. There's so much there could have been done with the mind games played and cunning plots.
But no, we are fed some humbug about memory being forcefully removed and some inexplicable "medical science" thingy with which it can come back or something like that. I don't care because I'm not made to care.
Story - strike out. Action film it is, and how could I even begin enjoying it, if the only thing I could think of for the first 20-25 minutes is, "Exactly how silly must Vivek Oberoi have felt doing this stuff in front of the green screen?." Including the dances! They are inserted like they used to be abruptly ages ago, just for a break from the seriousness of the other stuff going on.
Many action films also bank on the suave lead characters and the memorable lines they are given. You got it right, Prince is not one of those many. It has Vivek Oberoi for goodness sake! Ok, let's grant that you know with cool clothes and black shades he can pass by as stylish. But, the women! Even though they have potentially, half-way interesting characters, they are extremely annoying to say the least. Their make-up, hair-do and costumes don't help the cause.
So this character who loses his memory, regains consciousness and says, Main kaun hoon? (Who am I?)…Main kaun hoon, main kaun hoon!?! For goodness sake!! The last I heard these words said in this situation was in a film from the 90s. I guess we should just thank them for not following it up with the ever-so-oft used main kahaan hoon? (Where am I?) … Geez!!
I guess that's the question left for the audience to answer. No not the existential "Who am I? Where am I?" The very physical "Who am I? Where am I?", once they have gotten up from their deep slumber.
Oh wait! But we have more sleep to look forward to! Yes, Prince 2 threatens to come our way with open arms.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood : ...I’m extremely happy to say that just like Tips’ last super-hit action thriller Race (2008), Prince also has a lot to offer , thus making this an intelligent, well-packaged movie.... full review
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...One of the advantages of having a GenNext director is, he's ready to take risks, ready to tread the untrodden path, ready to go where no one has been before. But there's a disadvantage too: Visuals and technique take precedence, while story takes a backseat... full review
So-So, by Tushar Joshi, MiD DAY : ...There are enough gadgets, gizmos, car chases and high altitude drops to keep the tempo going. Apart from the action sequences, it's the special effects that work in the film's favour.... full review
So-So, by The Friday Freak, The Friday Freak : ...the chase sequences are very good and future Bollywood filmmakers should take a lesson from this movie about what is possible, even by Bollywood.... full review
So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Too many questions taking their toll on the chip packet in your hands. It ain't crunchy anymore, unless you are strictly an action buff who can rest content with Vivek Oberoi repeatedly yelling, ``It's showtime!" before kicking ass, time and again. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...What has happened to this once-promising actor? This is a film where the megalomaniac villain has a metal hand, for crying out loud, and seeks to modify the world’s memory through a computer chip. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...As the movie started, it gave me the feeling that it’s sure going to be another example of all gloss and no content. And the same was proved in its later reels... full review
Thumbs down, by The Narcissist, Cinemaa Online : ...There are solid heist thrillers and then there’s Prince. Erstwhile classics like Ronin, Italian Job etc. should be ready to move over, for Prince has arrived.... full review
Thumbs down, by Max DaVinci, Dappan Koothu : ...No matter how mind blowing the narrative is, the name Kookie Gulati must definitely set your spidey senses into a tizz. That is however not the case if your name is Vivek Oberoi because you’ve already lost your mojo to a buck-hunterlost your mojo to a buck-hunter in public... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com : ...Prince is a brave attempt to bring the likes of not just Spiderman, Superman and Batman, but also Newton, Einstein and C V Raman to the theatres to the average Indian person.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...The makers could’ve handed over part of that cheque to John Woo as well, the director of Paycheck (2003). The supple inspirations are obvious... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...There's an assembly line of villains including one with a mechanical arm, another wearing enough gold chains to give Bappi Lahiri a complex, and finally a heavily-tattooed femme fatale in S&M gear. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com : ...Most of the film is good enough that way - dumb, but not boring. But does it have to be so witless, so stupid, so openly contemptuous of the very audience it's supposed to be pandering to? Not by a long shot.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...The best part of the film is the spectacular outdoors that we get to see when Prince is diving off roofs, and dropping off steep heights.... full review
Thumbs down, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...Prince is marred with perfunctory performances, standard stunt sequences (Allan Amin), repetitive cinematography shots (Vishnu Rao) and corny dialogues (Mayur Puri). ... full review
Thumbs down, by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror : ...Vivek Oberoi is sharp in his role, Nandana Sen looks hot but Prince stays well short of being a king, despite the fancy gadgets involved.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...three leading ladies, all of whom are equally uninspiring. Though I should make a special mention here of Nandana Sen wearing tattoos, thick eyeliner and very obvious push-up bras. ... full review
Thumbs down, by GreatBong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind : ...the final blows are given by Vivek or is it Vivi-eeeek Oberoi’s holding-his-head-and-careening-to-and-fro attempts to act, which makes even Sanjay “Aati Naheen” Kapoor as the cop look understated and measured.... full review
Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...The action director is Allan Amin who is considered to be one of the best. But the fight scenes are repetitive. Something one has seen in some film or the other over the last decade.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...he's often led than leading, and the filmmakers seem to want to experiment with the concept of the unshakable action hero. Sadly, even the vulnerability doesn't come through, and you don't empathize with the character and his conflict. ... full review
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Prince (Vivek Oberoi) is this stud thief who gets away with the supposedly most brilliant heists. He loses memory on an important robbery. And oops…the whole world wants to get to him.
Huh? Come again?