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Rush is a crime drama that you've to struggle to keep awake through mainly because of a sluggish first half. The second half goes to fifth gear in such a rush that you are taken through the proceedings way too quickly.

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Director: Shamin Desai
Running time: 110 minutes
Genres: Crime, Thriller
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Some flaky, lame dialogue about truth and its incompatibility with the media. Blink. Samar (Emraan Hashmi) a reporter who just quit his job, gets a deal that is too good to be true. Blink. Emraan Hashmi-Neha Dhupia song. Blink. Emraan Hashmi-Sagarika Ghatge song. Blink. Interval. And all of this in a not so good way. What follows post-interval then happens all too quickly and doesn't manage to create interest that has gone in the negative with the first half. And somehow all of this ends up in a lecture to the audience about how we cannot handle the truth.

Isn't that like the lamest excuse for any producer to make a lousy product? That's what the masses, the customer wants. You see, he doesn't like good things - honest reporters, non-sensationalized news, good films, he's such an idiot after all. So, here's the solution - let's make him consume mediocrity.

Interestingly, despite having such an attitude towards its audience, the makers have chosen a topic recently attempted by Rann, the behind the scenes of a news channels. Nothing too shocking comes out of this attempt either. I would have brought up Wag The Dog but that would involve saying Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro in the same breath as Emraan Hashmi and Aditya Pancholi. So, I'll keep my peace.

Speaking of which, the actors do whatever they have to take the movie forward. You don't feel sorry for anyone, nor do you feel terrorized by the power of the villain. The one good thing that you get out of Rush is Murli Sharma's character and the way he has played it. A delight! The women, Neha Dhupia and Sagarika Ghosh, look great but don't get a whole lot of room to look anything but fake.

Yet, it does feel like this theme has a whole lot left unexplored. Another director, another writer, other actors, another film.

- meeta, a part of the audience

25 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 2 so-so 23 nays

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So-So, by Priya Sharma, Bolly Spice : ...Makers need to be told that to insert songs in a thriller is somewhat of a cinematic crime! ... full review

So-So, by IANS, Bollywood Life : ...Far-fetched, yes. But Rush has its adrenaline rushing moments in the second half when the narrative picks up momentum... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Sagarika Ghatge doesn’t deliver anything exceptional; Neha Dhupia is a tad better and Aditya Pancholi is over the top.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...while watching it you can easily recall many recent movies made on similar subjects where the hero is offered an exciting well-paid job with a hidden criminal backdrop which gets disclosed later. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...oks like a rushed job.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...This one seems to be set in an alternate universe, where laws and police don’t exist, and television ratings rule the world. The film could seriously work as a bleak view into a disturbingly scary, fictionalised future. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Emraan Hashmi is the spine of Rush, playing a journalist who gets sucked into his ambitious boss's ring of crime. He speaks a lot, delivers a decent performance, even kisses and manages to srape through.... full review

Thumbs down, by Cinefreak, Desi Martini : ... Not one actor bites fully into their role, Hashmi mostly perfunctory, while the ladies shed skin and appeal one and all with glamour.... full review

Thumbs down, by Vivek Bhatia, Filmfare : ...Neha Dhupia plays the sophisticated and sexy, hell on high heels quotient. She looks the way she’s supposed to but she has nothing to offer in the film, except trying to bed Emraan (which doesn’t work too).... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...The scripting is half-baked, the characters appear to be caricatures rather than flesh and blood and the narration is un-ambitious. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, Full2 Faltu : ...Emraan Hashmi sleepwalks through his part - he has done this a hundred times... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, : ...Emraan Hashmi starts well with his style and character, but as the narrative moves ahead, he too looks lost at several places, hence detoriating his performance in a big level... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Deogire, : ...a dull affair!... full review

Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Target : ...The theme has enough merit to explore the skewed nature of the fourth estate in relation to our lives. Rush however uses the drama merely to create temporary thrills that a cat-and-mouse game generates.... full review

Thumbs down, by Apurv Bhatia, koimoi : ...Sagarika Ghatge after a long gap is seen on screen once again. She is all dolled up and looks pretty but her acting skills are a bit unpolished.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY : ...The late director Shamin Desai may have shot this film some years ago and all those associated with it were keen to make it see the light of day. The efforts are laudable. The film does not look jaded because of the subject --- crime. ... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Don't Be In A 'Rush' To Watch This! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Gary Shaw, DoP of the marvellous and moody Moon, has shot Rush. You may want to see the effect Bollywood can have on the über -talented. In the end, the movie is too neat, lacks punch, and has too many explanations.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...Not only is the film shot tackily but courtesy the time span that it took to complete there are far too many continuity flaws, especially in the look of Emraan Hashmi that can clearly be noticed and end up annoying the viewer's eye.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rohit Khilnani, Rediff : ...Emraan Hashmi plays his part with honesty but it doesn't look like his contribution will save this film.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...That the film has not been completely thought through is evident in its miniscule yet jarring errors, like messing up designations (editor-in-charge). (When was the last time you saw a TV news journalist endorsing a product?).... full review

Thumbs down, by Bhawana Somaaya, Star Blockbuster : ...n present times where the electronic media plays an integral role in our social interactions, Rush highlights the complexities of the profession... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...To add to the grief of the already bored audience are the songs that pointlessly pop up every now and then creating a complete Bollywood potboiler feel. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...But there's bad news too - no amount of lip gloss, nor shiny suits can hide poor acting, which Rush features plenty of. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shomini Sen, Zee News : ...The scenes are badly enacted and dialogues are equally badly written. Some of the scenes lack sense... full review

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So-So, by silvan

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of shooting and murders.
  • Language: Talk of prostitutes and a few cuss words.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Lots of skin show and a couple of making out scenes.
  • Concept: That the world of TV news channels is a real nasty one.

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Running time:
110 minutes

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I predicted it's fate while it's first promo was out, the whole story was out there itself, worst the film is in making since 2 years as the director passed away midway and his wife has completed the film. Poor Emraan Hashmi after going through his best phase here comes one bad film and a flop too

@Silvan yeah it was sad to see the film deteriorate.

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