wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
The very foundation of this murder mystery is ridiculous! Top it off with an expressionless Celina Jaitley and a just about average performance by Aftab Shivdasani. Even if it is a short film, your time will be better spent sleeping.Read more
The best thing about the movie is its length – the torture lasts for a relatively short time. Doesn’t the first lesson in “Murder Mystery Story Writing -101” cover that plot twists have to come at regular intervals? If it does not teach that, it must at the very least have mentioned that you certainly cannot have all your plot twists squeezed in the last fifteen minutes as a narrative, however short your movie is.
Okay, maybe we didn’t have time to do the murder mystery story writing course that I am raving about. But didn’t “Movie-Making -101” mention that you need people who have some sort of acting skills to play the lead roles? Celina Jaitley’s facial muscles, body language and dialogue delivery are so stiff that even if the entire budget of the movie was spent on getting an expression out of her, it wouldn’t help. A few scenes in the dark were effectively used to hide her face when she needed to show charged emotions. Kindly appreciate how craftily I avoided using the words ‘Celina Jaitley’ and ‘acting’ in the same sentence. Oops! I just did it, will make a better attempt next time! The intimate scenes are steamy but exist only to sensationalize. Aftab was just alright.
One person who surely has taken lessons is the lyricist, Sameer. Of course, he quit after the basic course which taught him to use rhyming words at the end of each sentence. The music sounded like any other Himesh Reshammiya product, namely bad.
Weak narration style, weaker character sketches, and godawful dialogues. Top it off with women who think sighing = acting. Now I need to find an education programme that teaches me to not watch everything that is churned out.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Displaying innocence when needed and aggression along with her passionate scenes, Celina impresses.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...The sad part is that the suspense is there only for the characters in the film. For the viewers, it doesn’t take more than minimal common sense to realize who is playing the manipulative game in the movie’s plot.... full review
Thumbs down, by Prema K., Bollyvista.com : ...Nothing new about the film. Add to this a lack luster star cast and obviously you have a flop in your hands.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema : ...With corny dialogues the movie is a bumme... full review
Thumbs down, Cybernoon: ...Bhatt gives the film a dark, rainy, ‘arty’ look, which, frankly, in a film like this is a waste of the cinematographer and lab guys’ effort.... full review
Thumbs down, by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald : ...He leisurely introduces a murder angle, sadly your little brain spoils all the fun by spotting the killer from a mile.... full review
Thumbs down, by Aprajita Anil, Express India : ...Celina! Well the lesser said, the better it would be.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Believe me, I've read class five essays that are better written... full review
Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...Most importantly, the writing [story-screenplay: Manoj Tyagi] is outright tacky. It vacillates between komsi-komsa to amateurish to confused.... full review
Thumbs down, by Abhijit Mhamunkar, indya.com : ...The story can be predicted in the first 15 minutes itself... full review
Thumbs down, by Vaibhav Wankhede, M TV : ...RED will make the audience see red with all the awkward kissing... full review
Thumbs down, by MovieTalkies.com, Movie Talkies : ...A film noir that is dark and stylish in texture but low on mystery... full review
Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...The first-half of this blessedly brief movie moves at a fairly frisky pace.... full review
Thumbs down, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...Much improved from her previous performances... full review
Thumbs down, by Komal Mehta, Rediff : ...The rest of the movie is plain Sex. Murder. Sex. A Song. Police. More Sex. Then more Murder.... full review
Thumbs down, by Naomi Datta, Times Now : ... To call Red pedestrian would be to compliment it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ... It's neither edge-of-the-seat, nor intense and dark.... full review
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Neel's heart needs replacement because it has a hole in it. He finds a suitable donor and wants to thank him and his family after the transplant. He gets a lot more than a simple, "you are welcome". What exactly? If you are desperate enough, you will have to catch the movie some time.
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