The Power review – Rehash of all gangster flicks

Title: The Power
Rating: 2/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan, Mahesh Manjrekar, Jisshu Sengupta, Prateik Babbar, Sachin Khedekar
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
Streaming on: Zee5 (Zee Plex)
Language: Hindi

Story: The Thakur’s are the most powerful business family in Mumbai. Their rivalries and revenge form the story of the film.

Performances: There are a bunch of talented actors in the film and everyone have contributed. Vidyut Jammwal unfortunately doesn’t have much to surprise us in the action department this time. He is mostly restricted maintaining swag and deliver short sharp dialogues. Shruti Haasan has done well in a meaty role. Mahesh Manjrekar, Jisshu Sengupta, Prateik Babbar and Sachin Khedekar are impressive in their respective roles.

Technicalities: Camerawork is fine but the movie is mostly restricted to indoors. Music is neat. Dialogues suit the mood of the film. Action sequences are decent but one would expect more from Vidyut Jammwal. His previous films had more impressive action choreography. Editing is bad and there are sudden jumps in timeframes. For example, a scene in the present is succeeded by a scene which is happening two years later.

Analysis: The movie has no story in particular. It revolves around a family of gangsters and their various rivalries, challenges and relationship dynamics. The movie instantly reminds us of the classic “The Godfather” and Maniratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and several scenes and subplots have been directly lifted from those films which is disappointing. The movie is fairly engaging upto halfway mark with the drama and performances holding our interest. From then on, the movie starts going downhill by following the same usual and predictable route we expect. Climax is not impressive either and could have been dealt differently. Mahesh Manjrekar’s direction is fine and manages to hold our interest to an extent throughout the runtime. It’s the writing which lets the film down. With more creativity and efforts in the writing, the movie would have definitely shaped up well. The 153 minute runtime doesn’t help either.

On a whole: A good plot and good bunch of actors are wasted in a film heavily influenced by all popular gangster flicks.

Rating: 2/5

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