Tezz – Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on April 27, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Ratan Jain
DIRECTOR – Priyadarshan
WRITER – Robin Bhatt, Aditya Dhar (Dialogues)
CAST – Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Zayed Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Sameera Reddy
MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid
An action packed weekend this time round brings two action thrillers together. If the other end of the genre is the much-awaited superhero action film Avengers, on home ground is Priyadarshan’s ‘Tezz’.
The title has got nothing to do with the content except that the film runs through its plot at breakneck speed and the splendid chase sequences, which are generously (and sometimes ridiculously) amped by CG. A London passenger train headed for Glasgow is wired with a bomb and the ransom to reveal how to detonate it is 15 million euros. Yes, it’s an unlikely and rather fairy tale premise that raises a lot of questions of logic.
The team behind the attack are Indian immigrants, a riff-raff bunch of (Akash) Ajay Devgan, Megha (Sameera Reddy) and Adil (Zayed Khan). Without immigration papers and work permits they have been so-called pushed to take the crime route, which they do with an incorrigibly smooth élan. So they rig the train and blackmail the authorities for money. Interestingly, a manual detonator in the hands of the terrorist isn’t what will blow up the bomb. If the speed of the train falls below 60 kmph, it will explode on its own. Yet, the Head Traffic Controller played Boman Irani primary action plan is to fulfil the terrorist’s demands. Anil Kapoor as Arjun Khanna, a counter-terrorist detective, lays a trap of using the money as bait and a cat-n-mouse game between the hunter and hunted ensues.
The film is snappy and doesn’t rely a lot on dialogues, which is a good thing because whenever it does, it becomes a tedious, loud and self-important imitation. Some well-executed chase sequences keep the grip even as the unmissable CG renders it childish at times. There is a romantic track between Ajay Devgan and Kangana Ranuat that forms the background of his turning criminal. As romantic tracks go, it is neither convincing nor heart-breaking, leave alone logical.
A film that focuses on action and merely has a sketchy story to support it will mostly not have strong characters and hence every one of the actors is seen over-doing emotions and over-emphasising tension. The showdowns between Boman Irani and Anil Kapoor, otherwise competent actors become embarrassing to watch, after a point. Moreover, it is painful to watch veteran Malayalam actor Mohanlal relegated to tertiary importance and performing equally embarrassingly.
There are a million things that do not fall into place in this action thriller. Fortunately, snappy action and snappier editing is not one of those. A healthy dose of the good old fisticuffs, bullets and bombs is up for taking. It is palatable if you do not expect more.