Posted by: kcgadiyar | June 27, 2009

Review: New York

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My gut reaction as i got out of the theatre after watching “New York” was: This movie is confused.

Note: The movie is not confusing, no way, it is a straight forward story, but what the movie is, is that it is confused. When you watch this and come out, a lot of questions pass your mind

  • What was the message the director was trying to give?
  • Whose side is the director taking, the innocents tortured after 9/11 or the US Government?
  • Which segment of the audience is this movie targeted towards? Its not a family outing movie, not a date movie and definitely not a movie which you can have a second watch of

And to think it all begins so well, builds up to a great Intermission point, gives us John Abraham’s side of the story, makes us anticipate fireworks in the climax, and then disappoints and squanders away all goodwill built through the first 2 hours in the last half an hour.

So, onto the story, Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is apprehended by the FBI, and the investigating officer (Irrfan Khan) tells him that they will let him go if he goes undercover and spies on his college buddies Sam (John Abraham) and Maya (Katrina Kaif) because the FBI suspect Sam of being a terrorist. Interspersed in all this are flashbacks to college and the explanation by John Abraham right after the interval, and permeating through all this is the talk of over 1200 muslims who were apprehended after 9/11 just because they were muslims, the cause of terrorism, and how terrorists are born.

The movie is well shot, the college scenes exude a joyful atmosphere (which lasts approximately 30 minutes before the movie gets too serious again). The acting is competent, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Irrfan Khan carry the acting load, and Irrfan Khans deadpan delivery of even the most serious dialogues makes them funny.

Where the movie stumbles, and stumbles big time, is the script. As i said, the director is not sure what the message he is giving through this movie is. And due to this, there are parts of the movie which just drag on for too long trying to justify things one way or the other.

The music is suited to the movie, since there are no lip-sync songs the music suits the background.

All in all, this is too serious a movie for general weekend entertainment, i would suggest leaving your brains behind and watching Transformers or Terminator instead.

Rating: 2/5, wait for the DVD.

P/S: Another thing this movie helped me decide was that i am not going to be watching “Dil Bole Hadippa” unless Yash Raj can come out with a trailer which actually sells the movie rather than drive people away from watching it, i mean, Rani Mukherjee trying to look like a Sardar with a beard. I Pass.

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