Your child is missing. Every second counts. How far would you go? When his six year old daughter Anna goes missing along with her friend Joy, Keller Dover faces every parent’s worst nightmare. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been spotted earlier on the street. Detective Loki is put in charge of the investigation and immediately arrests the driver of the RV, Alex Jones, however a lack of physical evidence forces them to release him. With the police pursuing different leads to no avail and his family life disintegrating, a desperate Keller decides to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will he go to save his daughter?
The cop struggling to solve the case part reminded of Memories of Murder. The father torturing the suspect is similar to the movie Seven Days (Les 7 Jours du Talion; 7 Days). The movie also reminded of Zodiac specially with the same lead Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is very leisurely paced but it is very engrossing. It has the whole mood or ambiance set up very well. The background music is very good.
Some scenes are very good like the one where Loki goes to that priest’s house or the one where he goes to Bob Taylor’s house. The scene where Keller confronts Alex was good. Bob Taylor breaking into houses scene is very chilling. Loki chasing the suspect scene was excellent.
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However there are a lot of plot holes or questions left unanswered by the movie. Now if someone is waging a war against God why would he/she go to a priest to confess? And why would they not kill the kids immediately rather than kidnap them and hold them for so long and then kill them? And we do know that a couple of kids did escape and they did not kill one. So why would they take the risk of getting caught? And why would they ask the kids to solve some maze and offer them hope? And how come the cops don’t have dogs search the kidnapper/killer’s whole apartment and surrounding area? And why does the cop not call backup and the paramedics and instead decide to drive while shot?
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Hugh Jackman was very good as the desperate father who tortures the suspect. Jake Gyllenhaal was good but he usually does the weird roles and he looked somewhat miscast as the cop. His repeated blinking of eyes also made his character weird. Viola Davis and Maria Bello were good in a small roles. Terrence Howard was bad. Melissa Leo was good and Paul Dano was excellent.
The movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve of Incendies fame and this also has some plot holes or implausible stuff just like Incendies. But the movie is still very good and those who watch it will have it playing in their mind for a while. They will have questions about what happened and also why some characters behave the way they do.
This is the story of a common man, Raja Mishra, who transforms into a dreaded gangster of the Hindi heartland. A victim of the system and chained by it, Raja’s life changes as he takes on those that rule and shakes the very foundations of the nexus of the police, the government, and the industrialists. As he rises and revolts against the system becoming an outlaw, Bullett sets ablaze the nexus and changes the landscape forever. The powers that be, fight back in a compelling struggle for power and money against the backdrop of personal ambitions, greed and revenge. Redefining love, friendship and loyalty, Bullett Raja creates a world, where a common man, tests his endurance and fortitude against the very system he once obediently followed and then declared a war on it!
The movie has no real story or plot whatsoever. Its just anything goes. The U.P setting excuse is used to just show gangsters and violence. The movie looked like a mishmash of Tigmanshu’s earlier movies Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns and Haasil. The movie drags like anything. It tries to be funny at times with some one liners and scenes.
Suddenly out of nowhere there is a political scene where Jimmy tells the room service guy that there are lot of Marathis living very happily in UP. There are dialogues like Raja is supported by Brahmins and Muslims and that to kill Raavan they need a Thakur and so on. Though the movie never really shows why but we are told that Raja is very popular among youth.
Saif Ali Khan looked old and it seemed like he was trying to play a 25 year old. Same with Jimmy. And their male bonding which may have been good in some 70s movies looked totally out of place in the modern setting. It was really bad/corny seeing Jimmy giving sex advices to Saif. Sonakshi once again plays the same dumb bimbo role that she played in OUTIMD. She just meets these gangsters and decides to just go and stay with them. Raj Babbar plays a role similar to the one he played in SBAGR. Vipin Handa is good in a small role. Vidyut has a small 15 minute cameo. His initial entry scene is very good but then he has to lose to Saif the hero/star of the movie in a fight scene. Ravi Kishen was usual.
The movie reminded of those old 70s movies starring Vinod Khanna/Randhir Kapoor that used to come on DD Metro. Tigmanshu just tries to make a hit movie by rehashing his old movies with a star this time and giving him the hero role with some seeti maar dialogues which unfortunately turn out to be mostly wannabe. Its not worth a watch unless one has nothing better to do.Tags: Bullett Raja Denis Villeneuve Exclusive Hugh Jackman Jake Gyllenhaal Jimmy Sheirgill Maria Bello Melissa Leo Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Paul Dano Prisoners Reviews Saif Ali Khan Sonakshi Sinha Terrence Howard Tigmanshu Dhulia Vidyut Jamwal Viola Davis