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2 star for special effects (vfx)
Date: 7 Jul 2015
Time: 10.00 pm
With: Maa, Azeem
The Illogical Hollow-Man
Nothing great can be expected from the Bhatts these days. Still I gave Mr.X a try considering Emraan Hashmi's acting and it being promoted as a science fiction. Forget science-fiction this movie defies your logic. The screenplay feels like it has been written for people with single digit IQ. Raghu (Emraan Hashmi) works in anti- terrorism department with his girlfriend Seeya (Amyra Dastur). He is framed for murder of CM and then presumed to be killed by the bad guys who set it up (who actually work for the anti-terrorist dept. itself!?!). But the hero lives and helped by some unknown doctor giving him some drug. This induces some reaction making him invisible. Bravo! The hero is set, time to beat the bad guys! There is absolutely zero science here and all we get is fill of ho-hum. The action is worse so is the crappy CGI! The dialogues are pathetic and even Emraan Hashmi couldn't save this ride. Not at all recommended.
I went into this film prepared to tolerate sub-standard effects and possible questionable translation into English. What I wasn't prepared for was a story, script, acting and direction that had me checking Flixster during the film to see if Mr.X was a comedy. Unfortunately for those involved with the filmmaking, it is not. Fortunately for us viewers, we can pretend it is and laugh our *** off from start to finish. Funniest film of the decade!
Since the time I have started watching Bollywood films, the Bhatts have always been one of my favorites. Yes! They shamelessly borrow from Hollywood, South Korean films & or any other industry to copy from, yet with their skill to rely on minimal technique & unknown faces has always intrigued me! The audience & the box office back in India would agree with me on that! As a result it really horrifies me to think, why would they invest in this crap fest & did I mention Fox Studios are the co producers! The same goes for ever charming Emraan Hashmi who has been having a tough luck at the BO as of late, why say yes to film which aims to make a joke out of you! The failure of this film owes to none but the very questionable director Vikram Bhatt! Agreed he has had some success in the form of Ghulam, Raaz (the 1st installment not the 3D one), the 1920 franchise & Haunted 3D. Mainly due to the success of the mildly entertaining Haunted 3D, Vikram Bhatt has gone down an obsession churning out bad 3D films one after another like Creature 3D. Yet, the VFX is so shoddy & bad is here, it makes Creature 3D look like a masterpiece in comparison! As the promos clearly shows this horrifying inspiration of Hollow Man & Dark Man follows Raghuram Rathod (Emraan Hashmi), an officer in the Mumbai anti-terrorism squad. After surviving a deadly attack in a chemical factory due to his non compliance & framing (for killing the Chief Minister) by his supervisor (Arunoday Singh). Raghu is 'saved' by his IT agent Polo (Tanmay Bhatt of AIB fame) & helpful scientist sister who offers him an anti-radiation drug still in the testing stage that instantly results in complete cell regeneration, but also turns him invisible except in direct sunlight and ultra violet lighting. Raghu, who now rechristens himself Mr X, decides to use these new 'powers' to seek revenge on his offenders. Meanwhile his fiancee Sia (Amyra Dastur), a fellow officer in the ATS, literally "sniffs" out the fact that Raghu is Mr X, and convinced that he has gone rogue, becomes obsessed with stopping him in his blood-thirsty mission. Yup! That is actually the plot of his humdrum of a movie! Initial frames appeared as if the movie might build up an interesting plot of ATD's (Anti Terrorist Department) efforts to save the Chief Minister's life but later turns out to be a mere flick of illogically knit sub-plots of vicious conspiracy, saviors turning out to be murderers, treachery, betrayal, power-hungry dirty games, flashes of romance (though it is hardly romantic), and the main plot of journey of Raghuram Rathod to be the invisible killer. Irony is, Mr. Invisible is hardly invisible, & dominates the screen space most of the time. Sia who claims that Raghu is her only emotional anchor believes at the spur of the moment that he is wrong and starts hating him. And later when she encounters the invisible Mr. X, she infers him to be Raghu just with a simple touch with the invisible. She is able to relate with the 'Bheeni Bheeni Khushbhu' of Raghu and declares to ADP and others that Mr. X is none other than Raghu. It is ironic that Mr. X' body retains the original fragrance even after the accident or chemical treatment of his body. Sia is not surprised / shocked to learn regarding Raghu being alive. She does not even try to understand what he went through, but still knows very well that when and how he can become visible. Sia is shown to be a die-hard honest officer, but neither her heart functions nor her mind. She responded to him with great acrimony most of the time. And Raghu realizes that his transformation to Mr. X is not for his love but to initiate his revenge saga. Mr. X is shown in his torn jacket all the time. The logic??? The invisible person doesn't need to take bath, doesn't need to change clothes, but definitely does need love. Even when the whole refinery has caught fire, a telephone line is intact. Raghu who survives this fire is still strong enough to make a call. Neither his appearance change nor his jacket. Ah! I hate to say this but the film actually potential! Yet writer - director Vikram Bhatt decides to go down a half baked revenge storyline which doesn't even hold up! Bhatt films tend to have good music, luckily Jeet Ganguly & Ankit Tiwari find success in that department! The performances - Emraan Hashmi looked bored and restrained. After an unsuccessful debut in the Romeo Juliet adaption 'Issaq', the talented Amyra Dastur is let down by poor dialogues & mundane direction. Arunoday Singh had the most unintentionally funny dialogues in the film, really awkward for a guy playing the main antagonist. Tanmay Bhatt weirdly had the best role. Its surprising to see a live action film from experienced film makers filled with continuity errors. For example, the story is set in Mumbai, but the chase scenes, and other action sequences are clearly shot somewhere in the foreign & what is with Emraan's facial hair popping up & out throughout the film? For a film with sci fi elements the VFX are outlandish and tacky. A serious request to Mr Vikram Bhatt, please go back to doing what you are good at i.e Horror, leave 3D aside! For the sake of 3D, leave it aside! On the whole, ' Mr X' is a top contender for the worst film of 2015 (as if now), try your best to avoid this lazily scripted sad excuse of a movie, even if you are a Bhatt or an Emraan Hashmi fan. Yes! Its that bad!
Raghu (emraan) works with the ATS along with his fiancee Siya (amyra). He is assigned an operation to protect the Chief Minister by his superior Bharadwaj (arunoday singh) but later Raghu discovers he is being used. But with Siyas life under threat, Raghu shoots the minister in front of all. Bharadwaj and his men thrash Raghu to death but he doesnÃ¢ÂÂ(TM)t die. His friend Popo (tanmay) takes Raghu to his scientist sister and she gives him a magic potion. With this, Raghu becomes invisible and is seen only in Sunlight and Ultraviolet light. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with a sci-fi storyline and while the presentation was nice, the narrative was okay but cliched. The dialogues were alright,but cheesy. The script was predictable and the screenplay was formulaic but average. The background score was nice and were songs were hummable. Cinematography and graphics was the main strength to this film. Editing was required in the second half film began to drag to a bit. Costumes were well designed and stylish while the art department was appealing. Emraan Hashmi restrained but good . Amyra Dastur was cute and pretty. Arunoday Singh was good in a different role .
Mr X had a certain amount of expectation of being a very different grand film but Vikram Bhatt adheres to a formulaic cliched revenge drama,where he impresses though is in the VFX and 3D department, and the effects do hold your attention.The first half is okay and the main crux unfolds here,the interval bang was alright. The second half is predictable but entertaining till the cliched climax. Overall, Mr X is downright illogical and cliched/ predictable at times, but its time pass masala entertainment.The effects are worth watching and if one can leave there brains at home, this film can be enjoyable for a full family audience, as there still many things to enjoy in Mr X.
3/5* or 6/10