‘The Ghost’ film overview: Nagarjuna’s actioner is slick, however misses the bullseye

Praveen Sattaru’s action-drama, starring Nagarjuna, is a case of a number of misfires from point-blank vary, and there’s little or no to take again

Praveen Sattaru’s action-drama, starring Nagarjuna, is a case of a number of misfires from point-blank vary, and there’s little or no to take again

Movies which are strong on paper and bland in execution typically handle to go away a lingering aftertaste with all their ‘could-have-beens’ to ponder about. An hour into Nagarjuna’s pageant launch The Ghost, I used to be settling for a movie that might find yourself doing simply that, but it surely fails even in that respite. Praveen Sattaru’s action-drama is a case of a number of misfires from point-blank vary, and there’s little or no to take again.

I say point-blank as a result of it seems like The Ghost tries to be two totally different movies without delay; a rogue-cop-on-a-revenge-spree actioner, in addition to a household drama about rescuing a toddler, but it surely comes near solely getting one in all them proper.

The Ghost

Director: Praveen Sattaru
Forged: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sonal Chauhan, Gul Panag, Anikha Surendran
Runtime: 122 minutes
Storyline: An ex-Interpol officer goes on a mission to guard his sister and niece

The movie begins by introducing us to Vikram (Nagarjuna) and Priya (Sonal Chauhan), Interpol officers who kill dangerous guys for dinner and make love for dessert; sure, each mission cuts away to cheery, romantic enjoyable on a yacht. We quickly realise that not all is okay with Vikram and that, after chasing him for very lengthy, the ghosts of his previous are catching as much as him. A case of collateral injury throughout a mission pushes him off the sting, and he vows to finish all organised underworld criminals. An prolonged two-hour reduce of Vikram coping with his previous, and slicing gangsters along with his katana sword might have been a enjoyable outing, however that isn’t this movie.

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The narrative then jumps 5 years after his vow when Vikram’s long-estranged sister Anu (Gul Panag) reconnects asking for his assist. An unknown gang threatens to kill Anu and her daughter Aditi (Anikha Surendran), and a complete new world of company politics opens up. A lot of those parts appear to be a rehash of tried-and-tested themes and therein begins an enormous dip in engagement. Even when it pulls you into an emotional flashback about what made Vikram and Anu drift aside for 20 years, you find yourself questioning about why they each look completely the identical — regardless of the 20-year hole — and why that hole needed to be so lengthy?!

From starting to finish, the movie constantly manages to lift our expectations of redemption, solely to gloriously kill it immediately. A high-speed automotive chase within the first act has each skilfully-choreographed motion pictures and routine showy digital camera actions in equal components. The realism it reveals off and the solemnity it builds by an motion sequence immediately turns into a joke if you discover that Priya has saved her superior’s contact in her smartphone as ‘Interpol Head’. Add dialogue expositions, an absence of convincing emotional setups for payoffs, and plenty of cliched twists to the combo, and the movie turns into fairly a tedious affair.

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Refusing to cool down as a median movie, The Ghost as soon as once more ups the notch with a reasonably partaking motion sequence in its third act, solely to kill it with evident loopholes and remind us of how a lot potential it has ended up squandering. Looking back, an all-hell-let-loose motion fest akin to John Wick would have been a greater movie. In actual fact, there’s a direct tribute to Keanu Reeves’ now-iconic character through a scene impressed by the well-known ‘pencil’ scene.

However greater than John Wick, The Ghost ought to have been Nagarjuna’s Vikram Hitlist’of types (the superhit Kamal Haasan-starrer). I say this for a lot of causes. Nagarjuna forayed into the Telugu trade with Vikram in 1986, the identical yr when Kamal launched his spy movie Vikram in Tamil. 36 years later, as soon as once more we’ve got a Kamal Haasan starrer named Vikram (through which he’s known as ‘Ghost’), and we get an motion movie named The Ghost from Nagarjuna (through which he performs Vikram). There are a lot of such completely happy on-screen coincidences between the 2 movies as properly, however solely one in all them appears to have hit the bullseye. Regardless of having an computerized — and a trendy, swashbuckling motion backdrop — in his arsenal, director Praveen brings a blunt sword to a gunfight, and the result’s a colossal mess.

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The Ghost is at the moment operating in theatres

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