Players: Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – Burmawala Partners, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
DIRECTOR – Abbas-Mustan
WRITER – Rohit Jugraj, Sudeep Sharma
CAST – Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonam Kapoor, Sikander Kher, Omi Vaidya, Vinod Khanna
MUSIC – Pritam Chakraborty
Abbas-Mustan’s latest film ‘Players’, puts down the curtain on that question in one lethal sweep.
A daring story about a gold heist from the streets by creating a massive traffic jam was made into a film called the Italian Job twice, once in 1969 and then again in 2003. Abbas-Mustan try to make it again in 2012 but end up reprising their own super twister ‘Race’. In this one, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonam Kapoor, Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya come together to pull off not one but multiple robberies involving that same set of gold bullions. Personal agendas turn into betrayal and a heist film becomes one about revenge which then again gleefully cuts to the chase for the gold. It is all a part of the game that begins to seem never-ending.
Players is stylishly packaged. It has snazzy action, squeaky visuals and daring stunts that try to qualify it into a more refined bracket. But the film is a little lost on plot, with too many twists, too much explanation, too many motives and it all taking too long to come together. It takes the central plot of Italian Job and puts its own imagination to work adding motives, characters and general ‘Race’-yness to add to the pacy-ness. Unfortunately, that makes quite a mess of the entire story leaving behind little engaging material and more of a ‘trying-too-hard-to-be’ feel. It adds a murder and motive for revenge alongwith a love triangle and of course item numbers, comedians and more.
The film travels through exotic foreign locales as it traipses through its heist planning and execution. As much as it is pleasing eye candy, it is part of the ‘too much’ that is the theme of the film. The only different thing that catches the attention, sometimes charmingly, mostly embarrassingly is Sonam Kapoor’s experimental grunge look that the lady chose with little care but carries off with flair. As for the others, Abhishek Bachchan is in his usual grim-is-good, two-frown demeanour, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bobby Deol ham it away without restraint and Bipasha Basu does what she does in every film, flaunt her curves while pretending to perform a meaty role. Sikander Kher has precious little to do and Omi Vaidya yet again plays Chatur. Vinod Khanna as the crime master brain behind the heist is shockingly embarrassing, almost painful to watch.
The film ends up constantly twisting round itself in over-smartness. With overwrought dialogues and under-written characters, overdone chases and a merry-g-round plot, it tries to achieve the best of thrills but ends up a cold turkey on the wrong side of chill.