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Critic Reviews for Agneepath
This dynamic Hindi action extravaganza boosts its potent story with an aggressive style that will ensure audiences feel every blow.
Would this movie have the same impact on the young as did Anand's incredible Hum for the generation before? No. Would this Agneepath suffice still? Yes.
While the carnage of incessant blood-letting and murderous stabbing is at times draining, the film remains captivating from start to finish.
A film completely relentless both in its often grim grittiness and uncompromising artistic vision.
Debut director Malhotra pays tribute with a stylish and visually rich remake of the 1990s' film of the same name.
Audience Reviews for Agneepath
The first half is brilliant. The second half is brilliantly stupid. Its a shame. Gritty characters, good actors and spectacular cinematography was wasted due to the lack of direction and commitment in the second half.
1990's blockbuster Agneepath (starring Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun, Danny, Neelam, etc.) is remade to pay a homage to it. Strike blockbuster. To the best of my knowledge, it was a mega flop. However, as Karan Johar claims, the movie did acquire a cult status, although the alleged audience seem to be more or less limited to the film industry. They're quite generous there. Likewise, our Vijay Dinanath Chauhan also happens to be a legend. Amitabh Bachchan played it loud, and here Sanjay Dutt gets to do the honors. Of playing loud, that is. His characterization of Kancha is pathetically loud. Thankfully, Hrithik is restrained as Vijay while Rishi Kapoor marvels in the role of a pimp/gangster Rauf Lala. Priyanka Chopra is okay. And so is the movie. While I can recall the box office flopping of the old film, I can't remember much about the movie itself. I saw it years ago and did catch it on TV a few months back, but didn't finish it. So I can't compare the two, and tell you which one sucks more. Go for the remake only if you have the guts to sit through nonsensical exaggerations.
You know how some movies start with a prologue or, if it's a sequel, a recap and then segue into the story? You always know when the recap ends and the movie begins. The style is different. The music is different. In the prologue/recap here's no time wasted on detail; just hit the dramatic highlights, crescendo, and move on. "Agneepath" is like a recap that never ends. The close shots and quick cuts. The dramatic music with its percussive drive, dramatic horns, and majestic strings. The apparent assumption of interest, since the characters are never really introduced, just presented. Occasionally the music would rise to a climax and the scene would cut to a quiet medium or long shot and it felt like now the movie was starting. But then we'd be right back in to the rapidly repeated crescendos again a few minutes later. The movie did finally evolve a somewhat more narrative style the last quarter or so to finish up the story and became more engaging. And it's a good looking movie. Colorful, well shot and well composed images, very good dance numbers, and pretty leads.
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