26 Oct 2011

Movie Review: RA.ONE: Confused Sheep in Sci-Fi Clothing

Ra. One shows that there was the potential and the budget to make an entertaining and convincing science fiction movie. Only that, the movie holds on too tight to tried and tested Hindi film emotions. Shekhar Subramanium (Shah Rukh Khan, good act) is a bumbling, on the face South Indian (SI!), part of a London-based computer gaming company, husband to Sonia (Kareena Kapoor, OK) and father to his constantly embarrassed young son - a very conveniently placed tech whiz and game crazy Prateek (Armaan Verma, confident). In order to please his son, the curd rice with noodles eating Shekhar designs a game where the antagonist is more powerful than the hero.

As the sci-fi tale goes, the game villain Ra.One (Arjun Rampal impressive in a criminally brief part) becomes a self-sustaining program to such a level that it enters the real world to finish the game that Prateek started, leading to Shekhar's death. The only filmy way to end the game is by resurrecting G.One (Shah Rukh again), the game hero. There is more mumbo-jumbo that this review will not go to, for the proceedings are all lukewarm, even though the special effects sequences are individually impressive.

The culprit again is the safe Hindi film corner of high lathered emotion, as G.One's deliberate likeness to Shekhar is exploited for teary-eyed cry baby emotion that stalls the proceedings all through the second half, that the final showdown is a whimper. Read Kaho na pyar hai (2001) rehashed and several other template-adhering films. The Rajnikanth sequence is a cold, redundant tribute. The Vishal-Shekhar music is decent, not a saving grace. If not for the special effects, we say, miss this one.

Memorable moments?
Ah, aaah, aah?

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