Vikram Bhatt’s last flick Life Mein Kabhie Kabhie was almost a breakthrough but for a movie of its kind casting was the main loophole. This time around Vikram has managed to rope in a decent star cast for his action thriller – Speed. Just like most of his other movies Vikram borrows his script from a Hollywood thriller ‘Cellular’. How far is the movie engrossing? Is it an edge of seat ride? Let’s discuss further….
Sandy (Zayed Khan) receives a phone call from a kidnapped woman, Richa (Urmila Urmila Matondkar) and takes it upon himself to rescue her and her son, who is the next target of the kidnapers. Richa is the wife of an undercover MI5 agent Siddharth (Sanjay Suri). In attempts to rescue his wife and child Siddharth realizes that he is being used by Aftab and Sophie (Monica) as a weapon to assassinate the P.M. of India on the London tour.
Speed Movie Review:
Director Vikram Bhatt’s recent films have lacked quality and entertainment. ‘Speed’ does entertain in bits, but those bits hardly cover the glaring flaws. There is little logic in this action thriller. The movie is just another cock and bull story of a conspiracy to kill the PM of India by an ex-intelligence officer as a revenge for some incident that he considers as an injustice to him for serving the country. The song sequence between Aashish – Amrita was unnecessary. Also were they actually romancing? Have you ever seen a PM who permits the officer in charge of her security to go on a romantic date on duty hours?
Overall Direction is average. Vikram could have worked harder on the script to cover the loopholes and make it different from its original. Cinematography is superb. Action sequences were reasonably good. Music is just OK.
Urmila Matondkar is excellent. She rises to the challenge and puts across the plight of a mother and a wife beautifully. She needs to work slightly on her voice modulation. It’s difficult to understand if she is happy or sad as her voice is not expressive. Sanjay Suri is not the right choice for a MI5 agent. He doesn’t have look or the zest in him to carry this role.
Zayed Khan is impressive. His carries his act with ease and style. Aftab Shivdasani is a disaster and looked hideous. The director must have believed a crappy hair style and a harsh tone of voice makes a complete villain. Sophie Chaudhary is bad. Her action sequence with Zayed looked artificial. Less action and more sound.
Tanushree Dutta scores just one for her acting. Her dialogue deliver was also not impressive. She desperately needs a crash course in acting! Aashish Chowdhary manages to put across his act well. Amrita Arora makes her presence felt. Raj Zutshi is wasted.
Indicine Speed Verdict:
Overall, Speed is a monotonous ride which is partly entertaining. It’s a complete rip-off of ‘Cellular’ with songs to give it a bollywood feel. Lack of hype could result in yet-another flop for Vikram Bhatt!