Mr X Movie Review

Shekhar Kapur’s Mr. India released almost two and a half decades back and has since become a cult film and possibly India’s most famous sci-fi film ever. Mr. X, going by the promos seems to have been inspired by the same formula with a spoonful of Hollow Man for taste. So are the Bhatts able to rejuvenate the career of Emraan Hashmi in the face of lackluster music and intrepid trailers?

Story: Raghuram Rathod (Emraan) and his soon-to-be wife Sia (Amyra Dastur) work at the Anti terrorism department. And because they are able to defuse a bomb with their bare hands, we are able to assume they are great cops. Boom! But there’s always a sting in the tail and a black cloud to a silver lining. Mr. X’s Khalnayak is ACP Bharadwaj (Arunoday Singh) who is hell bent on becoming the city’s police commissioner. So he somehow schemes to make Raghuram kill the CM. All that happens and Raghuram almost dies, except for the fact that he doesn’t. Some chemical reaction occurs at a chemical factory (we are supposed to take this as a scientifically proof film) and Raghuram becomes a invisible man who can only be seen in sunlight and blue light. Anyhow, Mr. X (Raghuram (Emraan)) realises the potential of his invisibility and goes for revenge. Does he get it?

Also Read: Mr. X Critic Reviews

Screenplay and Direction: Vikram Bhatt once made a cult horror film called Raaz which made some money and made him the horror scion of India. So he kept making horror films. Then he made a horror film in 3D called Haunted 3D which was a moderate success. That made him want to be the scion of 3D movies in India considering he’s made a film like Mr. X into a 3D one. But 3D movies are not supposed to be all about some dude pointing a guy at the screen unless the average age of the audience is the less than the number of fingers Mr. X has in his hands. Vikram can’t be faulted for his vision as he goes for the full monty but the special effects are banal and unnecessary considering Indians are now used to the special effects we see in films like Avengers and Transformers. The mind is just not capable enough to adjust to such contrasting quality of visual effects. Mr. X doesn’t have any semblance of a story either and the dialogues are from another era.

Mr X Movie Review

Mr X Movie Review

The technical aspects of Mr. X are decent in the sense that the reviewer doesn’t want to be too rude considering the lowly budget of Mr. X. The cinematography is good and the editing is too weak which makes the film run for more than 2 hours. Just not done. The visual effects department deserves an applause for trying their best but it just doesn’t match the sensibility of anyone who pays upwards of 200 Rupees to watch this film. The music of every Emraan Hashmi film is supposed to be chart-busting but Mr. X terribly fails in that department. The tunes and songs conjured up by Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Ganguly seem recycled from their past hits.

Acting: Emraan Hashmi once said he doesn’t watch Indian films and he is within his jurisdiction to not watch Indian films but maybe he should rethink that decision now. None of his films over the last 2-3 years seem to be working so maybe watching his hit Indian films can give him an idea as to what he should be doing. Because he certainly shouldn’t be doing a Mr. X. Does Emraan kiss in this film? Of course he does. (That’s confusing since the target audience of Mr. X seem to be kids and families but what is a kiss doing in the film?) Amyra Dastur seems very fragile to play the part of an ATD officer. Arunoday Singh has gotten better since he started out but he still misses a beat here and there. And what was Mr. All India Bakchod Tanmay Bhat doing in this film? An impromptu roast of the Bhatt clan would have been so much more funny and entertaining.

Conclusion: Mr. X is an all round failure in the story, visual effects and most importantly in the entertainment department. It is confusing on many levels, the science is sketchy and unconvincing. The acting is banal, the dialogues feel better suited for the 1990s and the music is a huge disappointment. The makers could have had a cult classic on their hands if they had taken an unusual route but by turning Mr. X into another masala film they missed something here. Stay invisible from the theaters this week.

Positives:

  • The effort by the visual effects team

Negatives:

  • The end result of the visual effects
  • The acting and chemistry of lead pair
  • The dialogues are rotten
  • The music disappoints big time
  • The editing is too weak
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
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30 Comments

  • In my opinion Mr. X was better than other films like Deshdrohi, Happy New Year, Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag, Chennai Express, Ra.One, Ragini MMS etc.
    It deserves more stars… 1 star seems too harsh.




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  • What happening with Emmi man…
    he give us back to back flops
    hope mohit suri hak will turn out clean hit…
    best of luck for next movie emmi…




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  • Thats news to me- Emraan doesn’t watch Hindi movies. Dunno how much of it is true.

    If he never watches something that earns him his bread and butter, what does he watch? Hollywood movies, in which he has no role to play?

    That’s not how it is done Emraan. If you don’t know what the people want, what works for them etc., how will you be able to potray characters that people would like or relate?

    I also heard that Saif Ali also doesn’t watch hindi movies.

    No wonder both of them are going through rough patch.




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  • Gud review indicine.
    I watched it today .
    the plot is good but the story Iz Really Dull with many flaws and it’s irritating in the 2nd half .

    only some scenes are good but nothing exceptional .

    Overall a weak picture.. Much below expectations..




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  • Sad for Hashmi. Nothing seems to be working for him. All hopes on Humari Adhoori Kahani now.

    I guess he should have avoided saying that he doesn’t watch bolly films. Looks like the audience stopped watching his Bolly films after that! Lol!




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  • Sad to see this!!

    Hope Emraan bounces back with Humari adhuri kahani..
    He’s an actor with immense potential.




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  • @indicine
    u r self contradicting ur articles! U posted long back that emraan praised performance of alia in soty , highway! So how could u say that??

    And this review does not sound like a review! It seems more of a hate speech !! ..
    Emraan is not a supported n backed celebrity ! Not many actors, experts, reviewists, people from industry , even leading heroines don’t support him at all!! .EVEN WHEN HE WAS AT PRIME !!

    So why he should praise them ???




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  • Actors n there backing–(To be fair, i will give it when they were at prime or they were delivering cult films)

    1)Khans::
    Media,journalists,reporters . PR team is all there feet !! …
    There cult films r given status n appreciated like they have made a TITANIC !!

    2) Ajay,akki ,HR :
    not supported , but not handicap at all…. Most of leading ladies, directors approach them..

    3) young actors :
    they r most lucky n spoon fed bunch… Most of them get to stand n sit in a big film of big heroines…of course of YRF n Dharma(Read: not ungli like) ..
    Backed by kJO, PR’s , heroines… KAPOOR’s n finally khans… There gud films get somewhat cult status due to euphoric media like badlapur,,2 states,, yjhd(not a classic though)

    Emraan does not have such type of soft corner at all…
    His good films remain unappreciated, unnoticed, untalked and more un-un-un whatever…




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  • game is over .another flop for hashami .after youngistan.s arrival in b- town. saif and emran is over it.s a bitter truth for saif.emran




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  • mr x short review

    thumbs up
    nothing

    thumbs down
    everything

    rating-0.5/10

    verdict-perfect option to take revenfe from ur enemy by gifting him a ticket of mr x
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  • @Arjun Fan, you should have given the same review to Tevar.

    First see the movie and give a real review, and not just spread hatred.

    @Truth, you are right about the media and all the hypes around a few stars and upcoming guys. Also, if you say an average amateurish movie like Badlapur to be cult, then I do not agree. Yes, they really hyped it because it had Varun, but it was a very poorly made movie. The same goes with 2 states, though Alia did a great job, but it was again very glossed over movie and nothing to talk about YJHD, it was simply an average rom com flick.

    But yes, media don’t like Emmy, but he himself is not doing anything to change his image. He just cannot put off the image of a serial kisser. He needs to reinvent himself, like Aamir did, after all the failed romantic movies he did in early 90s. He reinvented, but that need lot of passion. If, as Indicine says, he doesn’t see Indian movies, I don’t know how he will ever be able to understand what people need.




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