Romeo Akbar Walter – Master of disguise.

Stories like these keep my belief in Bollywood film industry alive. They come once in a year, though. It is how director Robbie Grewal kept us devoted to his film, the theater screen, until the end, he marks his win.

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Espionage-Spy-Action-Thriller is what they call it when referring to the film’s genre. Espionage-Spy is one of my favorite genres in motion pictures, serials and books. And that is not the reason I am favoring Romeo Akbar Walter (R.A.W). I have always believed and even mentioned in my previous articles that the plot (written by Grewal, Ishraq Eba and Shreyansh Pandey) is the backbone of any film. Here, it excels. The direction, on the top of it adds glamour to the story, making it look fantastic.

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However, how much I wished I could watch this film uncensored. U.A.E has always been really strict in censoring films [and cutting scenes only from films they don’t like]. It causes so much disturbance and irritation to moviegoers, especially, who are observant to detail. Moving on, setting aside a few scenes where I feel that it was overdone, the background score is ninety five percent accurate. Which also brings me to praise the soundtrack of the film which is composed by various artists. Jee Len De is easily my favorite out of all because it is the first time we get to hear Mohit Chauhan sing a Punjabi song in his fascinating voice.

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Jackie Shroff is absolute class as far his performance is concerned. Apart from him, Sikander Kher, Anil George and Raghubir Yadav make themselves stand out, with their exceptional acting. Pretty convincing. One character which was completely meaningless in the film was Mouni Roy‘s. Plus, her evident plastic lips are too disgusting to glance at. Romeo Akbar Walter is a dedication to every Indian RAW agent who’s existence is extirpated from the records when and if they are sent to secret missions. Who give up on their family, closed ones and their life just to serve their country.

It is hard to believe that I am going to be giving a good rating to a John Abraham flick. Films with him as a lead are usually okay, not this great. Howbeit, he has improved quite a bit. Winding up this article, I would just mention that ideologies like R.A.W have been developed and delivered in Bollywood before. It is just how strong the script and the execution are to keep you glued to your seats. And this one has kept all boxes ticked for me.

4/5

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – Lacking.

The charm of a film series starts fading away if they aren’t handled (i.e. planned & directed) properly. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has an up, only with two particular things. Let’s find out!

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The fact that all the films of this series have been directed and written by distinctive people over the years, gives every script and plot of the film a sense of unusualness. Thus, I judge this film on that basis. First off, it shows how amazing everything can seem and be, when you have the latest tech [giving us a gist of the lazy future ahead]. All the gizmos and gadgets not only help ease things, but also makes you look cool. The franchise and the plot demands that and probably depends on it, well, in a brief way. Secondly, it has TOM CRUISE. Period. These are the two important and attractive things about the film. Hence, I feel that this film is a so-so, missing a great screenplay. MI5, like many other films, evolves only on the actors performances and the series’ eminence, since it’s first film. 

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Simon Pegg (as Benji Dunn) and Jeremy Renner (as William Brandt) were the good add ons here, giving the fifth part of the Mission Impossible series a comical zest. Plus, Rebecca Ferguson (as Ilsa Faust) has proven to be a great actress here. The thing that amazes me, every single time, is that Tom Cruise (as Ethan Hunt), 53, still performs his own stunts, no matter how fatal they are. That is something.

Notwithstanding, I like and dislike this flick at the same time. MI fans would love it. Cruise fans would love it, undoubtedly. All the others wouldn’t find it that extraordinary.

3/5

Taken 3 – The low budget action thriller.

Honestly, it’s good that this is the last episode of the series which is going nowhere. It is also good that these films weren’t connected so much, thus, who haven’t watched the previous ones, can also see it. The mighty Liam Neeson is still the lead and has performed some fascinating scenes.

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The story is a little different from the previous two parts, yet, fails to bring out the extraordinaire. The appreciable factor is that at this age, Neeson is still working so hard to keep his films out of mediocrity. It is action-packed, the fight sequences are perfectly directed and thought of. The foe, Sam Spruell (as Oleg Malankov) is a perfect choice and gave complete justice to his role. Forest Whitaker (as Inspector Franck Dotzler) is a good add, too. Always so convincing.

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The technicality of it and the cast gave this film a life and are the major reasons I gave it an extra point. Notwithstanding, nothing beats the first two parts of this series. Taken 3 managed to earn way more than its budget but didn’t manage to impress the film critics so much. There is an unpredictable suspense in the film which was well planned by the director (Olivier Megaton) and the writers (Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen).

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Lastly, the effortlessness of Neeson is the highlight of this motion picture. He managed to show, again, that he is the boss in every scene.

P.S: Dear Mr. Liam, it is okay to wear a wig or hair extensions, but my opinion would be to not make it so palpable.

2.5/5