A celebrated navy officer shoots his wife's lover. Does he get convicted? The lover's sister wants him convicted, the wife wants to save him. In addition, there is some political undercurrent. Rustom promises to be a complex story.
However, we know that many a promising thrillers have been compromised and ended up being called damp squibs. With the grim plot and the serious undertone, I really hope Rustom isn't one of them.
Akshay Kumar is in his serious, “I mean business” mode which makes Rustom free from his otherwise action/comic gimmickry. That aside, the rest of the cast create intrigue too. Let's hope this intrigue stays and lives up to the build-up.
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "4/5"
glamsham - "/5"
IBN Live, IANS – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "Four melodies lift Rustom’s soundtrack."
Music Aloud – "6.5/10"
Times Of India - "4/5"
Movie Talkies – "3.5/5"
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
“What happened” might be one of the most consuming question in a thriller. Then maybe, “how and why”. But, all is lost when the narrator messes up the “how the audience finds out.” This is where Rustom loses out in a thriller that otherwise might just have worked out.
One of the biggest cop-outs is when the perpetrator tells how he did it to another character, rather than the story-teller showing us how it happened. Even the best of reveals comes across as too easy or too lame or both when that happens. Rustom not only does that, but also has two parallel threads running that don't connect completely in the end.
I love a well-done court-room drama, but Rustom doesn't quite make it engaging. There are loopholes and convenient coincidences. In its attempt to keep things light, it makes caricatures out of the prosecutor, the judge and the owner of a newspaper.
The main characters all have to wear one expression through the film. Akshay Kumar, the accused, is stern (garbed as restrained?). Ileana D'cruz, the accused's cheating wife is sorry. Arjan Bajwa, the supposed villain smirks and his sister, Esha Gupta, the supposed vamp, smirks more. That is more or less what they do.
They are all styled like they are in the 50s-60s. Whether or not it is authentic, it sure is refreshing. At times even distracting from the story. The story by itself works, the back and forth in time-line notwithstanding. But, it all comes crumbling down in the end.
It's a safe bet to say that a thriller that goes wrong with its climax is likely to fail as a thriller. If it were not for that, Rustom might just have worked, despite its disengaging performances.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...umar looks dashing in his Navy uniform and is dignity personified as the gallant Navy officer, who apologizes to a female witness before shredding her testimony on cross-examination. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...This is genuinely sad because if you sift out the frills, the faff and the chaff in Rustom, the pivotal plot is actually interesting and could have made for a solid thriller.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...what we get to see in the tediously long RUSTOM is a strong potential base of a ‘significant court case’ converted into a comedy, making no effort to enlighten the viewers about how it became a reason for ‘the landmark change’ in the judicial system of our country ‘abolishing the jury system’... full review
Thumbs down, by Ameet bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...There is however some unintended hilarity in there, that keeps one amused for some time. However, this is not enough to sail the movie through. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini : ...Mohenjo Daro is confused about whether it is set in the Indus Valley or somewhere in Egypt with all that dark eye make-up or in Rome with the gladiator fight.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, FirstPost : ...Akshay Kumar’s performance is more trying-to-be-intense than intense, which is disappointing coming in the same year as his quietly dignified turn in Airlift. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rustom Jaiwantika Dutta-Dhupkar, fullhyd.com : ...The scenes which show the jury squabbling are probably meant to prove what a "buzz" the case had generated, but they lack focus. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...If at all anything works, then admittedly some of the courtroom drama does have its playing to the gallery moments and they work in their own corny way. ... full review
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