wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Heavy dialogue-heavy film. But you knew that from the trailer. Ordinary fight sequences make the film quite the regular action fare. The story isn’t as engaging as the premise might seem.Read more
I am getting tired of repeating the word repetitive and they aren’t tired of making the same kind of films? The honest cop takes over the work of an ideal system in not-so-ideal ways is John Abraham, this time. Which makes the action the focal point of the film rather than the story.
And yet, I feel like the chase between his character and the other cop, played by Manoj Bajpayee might have some juice in it – some battle of wits, hopefully. Other than that, Satyameva Jayate feels like same ol’ wine, and even the bottle doesn’t seem new.
Satyameva Jayate releases on 15 August, 2018.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Corrupt cops are being burnt alive. A vigilante citizen has a plan. The best, honest, duty-bound cop is on the case. Despite all these dramatic pillars, the film is rather flat and ultimately generic.
His beefed up body tries to do the talking, but can do only as much as the mediocre action sequences allow it to.
Evidently, the film is relying heavily on the big reveal to shock and pique our interest by the conflict it presents. But, post-intermission the film banks on the repetition of the police officer’s oath to keep us interested. 6 times. Yep, you guessed it right, each time it is quite dramatically delivered too. You are immune to the supposed impact in the first couple of times itself, and are rolling your eyes no end by the sixth time around – a time when people are dying and you are supposed to feel bad for them.
It might feel like there is nothing else in the film, and maybe even rightly so, but there are other elements in the film that could have been interesting. The cat-and-mouse chase I had hoped for is mentioned in the film too, but isn’t really the edge-of-the-seat or mind-bending kind. It is more like a story-building game. If one character does such-and-such, the other one just ups that until they reach a pre-destined climax. It all feels too simple, too juvenile, too naive.
This includes the dialogue as well. There are films that are dialogue-heavy and there are others that have heavy dialogue. This one wants every line to be full of meat and goes out to explain every small with elaborate dialogue making it beyond laughable.
Unfortunately, it takes down some otherwise capable actors along with it. For instance, Manoj Bajpayee, of all people, comes across as over-the-top a couple of times. Then, John Abraham is even more tight-faced than usual. His beefed up body tries to do the talking, but can do only as much as the mediocre action sequences allow it to.
It is disheartening that a concept and conflict that had potential to engage the mind, if not the heart, doesn’t do so because it is silly. Else, you had Manoj Bajpayee to execute the acting and John Abraham to execute the action – it could have worked, it just could have.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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