wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
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.Read more
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
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...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 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 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, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...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 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, 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 Running.com : ...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 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
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