wogma rating: Don't bother (?) - OR go to the theater, if you are going to watch it anyway
Nope. Not for me. Sure, slaughter me here in the virtual world for admitting that I'm not even remotely associated with the Rajni-cult. But, I CANNOT understand what those who belong there would like about this film. It's the Robot being a robot. Rajnikanth was nowhere in sight. I'm talking to my hand, I know. Never mind. You go enjoy whatever does it for you.Read more
I loved the last 30 minutes. There, I said it. I'll add finer details. The whole "formation" thingy was brilliant imagination and the execution mani-manifold better. I'd love to see that in 3-D. Did I mention, that it'd have to be in a much shorter film and the context would've to at least pretend to make sense? And there, I just threw away all the brownie points I was ever going to earn from a Rajni-fan. Damn!
I have a very serious question. Where was Rajni in Robot? The cool formations I was talking about, where was Rajnikanth sir? As I remember from the last Rajni-film I saw, the whole essence of the film was that Rajni, the human being Rajni, could do all these cool things. Like say, flip a cigarette in the air, catch it right at the corner of his lips, after it is done with three summersaults, which of course happened because 'The Man' flipped it in air in the first place. Here the superpowers were adorned to the character, the robot.
Let me elaborate further, see in Dabangg, Salman Khan played Salman Khan. So, even if I didn't like it, I could understand the high a Salman-fan would be at while watching him strut about. But here, I just don't get it. Why would a Rajni-fan want to see him do that as a Robot? Isn't that an insult to his very essence?
Shouldn't it be something like 'Rajnikanth adds the R to obot?'
Note that I'm not even complaining about the complete lack of logic or disregard to anything intelligent. Even the best special effect films need a thin boundary within which it needs to keep itself. I mean you create a robot to fight for the country and then have him talk to mosquitoes or cheat in exams or swim for a purse. How in the name of Rajnikanth is that cool?
I vow not to complain about the lousy action sequences in the rest of the film, the ridiculous choreography and even worse lyrics and music. Palm refused to budge from the face whenever a song presented itself.
Also note that I long dropped the wish to complain that for a while I thought Aishwarya Rai was the robot. How could I when the whole system was mechanized. At first, I got the feeling that the story was churned out by a machine. But I banished that thought as soon as I realized that the producer was abducted by a machine, which then took calls on how much money to pump in.
Anyway, looks like the producer, like me, will not complain about the torture endured at the hands of a machine. Just heard from a cousin in Bangalore that tickets for Robot were selling for Rs. 10,000 in the black market today. Even if, the exaggeration is sliced down to 10%, does the buyer even give himself the choice of not liking the film?
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ... Clocking in at 170 minutes, there were a few redundant scenes here that could have been done away as it didn't move the narrative forward, like the scene involving Chetti communicating with mosquitoes... full review
Thumbs up, by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice : ...The penultimate 25 minute sequence depicted briefly in the trailers is a true testament to it. Visually captivating, the effort and money behind each scene is evident. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...We know that a person running faster than trains, making cars jump and fighting hundreds of people together can seem like a serious suspension of disbelief. But, that’s the idea and it’s fantastic... full review
Thumbs up, filmi cafe : ...Picking up the best technical talent across the globe that has worked on films such as Jurassic Park, I Robot and Avatar, Shankar has managed to deliver an Indian film that can stand on par technically with the best of Hollywood films in this genre.... full review
Thumbs up, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...he almost creates a superhuman alter-ego in compelling contrast to the vulnerable scientist, like he did with the split-personality protagonist in Anniyan... full review
Thumbs up, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...The Tamil film-going audience would definitely not complain but the Hindi film-going public might find the track of the evil Chitti a bit too long and a little boring too.... full review
Thumbs up, by Aditya Morarka, MH-31 Fun Unlimited : ...The movie starts with the flashing words “SUPERSTAR RAJNI” and after the movie I was wondering that it should be changed to “GOD RAJNI”.... full review
Thumbs up, by Satyen K. Bordoloi, Now Running.com : ...The allegedly 'poorer' cousin of Bollywood, the south Indian film industry, has been growing leaps and bounds in the special effects department.... full review
Thumbs up, by Viju, Passion for Cinema : ...The other hero of the movie is cameraman Ratnavelu. In capturing the wonderful locales of Machu Pichu in Kilimanjaro and in the locales that come in ‘Kadhal Anukkal’ song, he’s done a really stunning job.... full review
Thumbs up, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...Rajnikanth pairing with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (remember Rajni is in his sixties) does not look odd and they carry off romantic sequences very well in the film. ... full review
So-So, by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood : ...It's a long way from my favorite Rahman soundtrack, even though each song had interesting and creative elements, if not to my particular taste, and the songs looked really good.... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The love interest, for example, conveniently beautiful, air-headed, and in constant need of rescue, can’t even sit for an exam without his help. She also exclaims “cheee” every time the word sex is mentioned in any context. ... full review
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by ameet
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Flixter : see comment
Yay! Thumbs Up, by mirchiplexblog : The biggest ever movie in India
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rindo : Rajinikanth is a robot. And he kicks butt. 'Nuff said. Biased review? Hell yea! Sue me!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by sulthan suman : its super gems and more powerfull movie 2
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Joydeep : The movie rocked because of Rajni
Nay! Thumbs Down, by kay
Nay! Thumbs Down, by mina
Nay! Thumbs Down, by ReviewFan : Take out the graphics and what u find is a meaningless and logicless crap with a stupid plot which i
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Saravana Kumar : NEVER SEEN A MOVIE SCAM BEFORE--HOW COULD THEY FAKE PASSION? WAKE UP MECHANISED WORLD..!!
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Rajnikanth makes a robot to save the country but ends up in a situation where he doesn't know how to save himself from the robot. So, not Rajni, no?
Uhhh...will work that one out as soon as palm lets go of my forehead.
Actually, let me pass this one. I've done enough damage for a day. But, just tell me what was that whole one-day boyfriend thing all about?
o-kay, o-kay sorry. Over and out.