Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Dus


Technically slick but amateurish in plot and execution, Dus is a big-budget race-against-time thriller. Its completely simplistic story is jazzed up with today's technical wizardry, leading to a rather odd concoction. You never know whether to laugh at its plot or admire its style.

Sanjay Dutt, Abishek Bachan, Shilpa Shetty and Zayed Khan, members of an Anti-Terrorist Cell, learn the bare details of a plot by a terrorist Jambwal. Now the team has just 7 days to learn about Jambwal’s plan and break it up. The investigation takes Abishek and Zayed to Canada, where they are joined by Suneil Shetty, a cop, and Esha Deol, another agent, in the race to foil Jambwal's plans.

Considering Dus is an action film, emphasis on stunts and thrills is to be expected. But still, logic and plausibility are pushed to the background to a pitiable level. The glossy look and fast editing and fancy camera tricks try in vain to hide the amateurishness of the underlying plot and its lame execution. Strip away those and all you have is a movie filled with outrageous plot points and laughably silly setups.

So you have heroes romancing agents in the middle of a serious mission, agents joking while diffusing bombs, a villain using a silly codename that pretty much reveals everything about his plan and gun-toting foreign extras looking like they were hired from the nearest Home Depot. Secrets are uncovered based purely on intuition and the little planning that is done is haphazard. Not to mention grenades (fired from what looks like a rocket launcher) exploding harmlessly near our heroes and supposedly powerful explosives causing as much damage as a Diwali firecracker.

Like Paramasivan, the film’s only chance of working is if it is seen as camp. Unfortunately, the technical expertise makes that tough. But the story does contain two very good surprises that rise above the juvenile nature of the rest of the plot. One is a little predictable, especially if you’ve seen a particular Hollywood flick. But the director still does a good job of keeping us in doubt about it. The other twist, though smaller, took me completely by surprise.

Abishek slips smoothly into the action persona and is the most convincing of the actors. Zayed Khan, on the other hand, is irritating and his seemingly playful personality gets on our nerves, especially when he is casual in the middle of something serious. Sanjay Dutt wears his usual doped-up look and Suneil Shetty is wooden as usual. Pankaj Kapur catches our attention, making us laugh even as he is scared. Shilpa Shetty looks good even in fighting attire but Esha Deol looks almost masculine with her atrocious wig and bad dress sense.

17 Comments:

At 2:07 AM, Blogger Me said...

Incase u hadn't already known.. there is a DUS - PART II.. hee hee.. waiting for ur comments on that!! :))

 
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At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that combination of technical slickness and emotional vacancy (or just thinnness) is typical of hollywoood imo, and it's becoming typical of hindi cinema too, which is why i stopped watching it. not to mention that the mere sight of abhishek b's smug face makes me puke.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Balaji, read somewhere (I guess it was in Rediff) where they had listed Dus as one of the worst movies of last year :) So, didn't care to watch it.

 
At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking at your homepage today and noticed that you havent updated it for a long time...we would love to see more pictures...looks like after your kids came, you havent added any photos, thots on that page. Also, thalaivar's site created by you has not been updated after BABA...

Waiting for these 2 updates soon.

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger carkar said...

We saw this movie sometime back. Totally agree with your comments. The plot wasn't interesting enough plus they did steal an idea from an "well known enlgish movie" -( liked the fact that you didn't actually name the movie ).

 
At 10:05 PM, Anonymous ram said...

"Shilpa Shetty looks good even in fighting attire"

Arjunanukkum Karnanukkum orey vidhamaaana Villu

Srikkanth-kum Sehwag-kum orey vidhamaana Dhillu

BB-kum avarode fans-kum orey vidhamaana JOLLU...!

I knew u'd have something +ve to say abt Shilpa Shetty and something horrible to say about Hema-ji's daughter...!

talking of Shilpa Shetty, have u seen Phir Milenge? if so, what'd u think of it? if not, udaney pakkathu video store-laendhu rent panni paarunge...

the final image of that movie- Shilpa Shetty smiling at the news of her pic on the front cover of Time (if i am rite)-- was worth a 1000 words and a million bucks...!

BB, Dus madhiri oru padam review pannathukku neenge Iruvar revisit pannitu ezhudhirkalaam...!

 
At 12:26 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

me, i heard that its being named 11 :)

anon, i didnt really expect emotional strength in an action flick. so the emotional vacancy was ok. it was the amateurish plot that put me off :)

fibert, not sure if itd make a 'worst of' list. but u didn't miss much by skipping it :)

anon, created that homepage right after marriage when i wanted to put my newly-acquired html skills to use. don't think i ever updated it after that.

stopped updating thalaivar's page since there was too little news and i was running out of time too :)

so no plans of updating either of those sites in the near future. sorry :)

carkar, didnt want to spoil the surprise :)

ram, nice kavidhai :)

i saw about half of 'phir milenge'. don't remember why i couldn't watch the rest. my wife did complete it. said she liked it.

 
At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well then bb, you're part of the problem, not part of the solution. :-p

seriously, action movies can star people rather than cardboard cutouts -- think of oatic.

 
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