I think that either the movie pulled off a con on the audience or it was way too intelligent for me to understand fully. I will appreciate if someone could give his or her views on the following points.
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1. The climax shows that Jimmy Shergill is Akshay Kumar’s companion and they all are partners in crime. So, why the hell did he get in touch with the real CBI? No one could testify against them for the first heist on the minister’s house. There were no witnesses, except the Minister himself who did not want to report the heist. Jimmy also identifies Anupam Kher and thus the entire group. Why? They could have gone about conducting many such raids before the needle of suspicion actually falling on them. This is my biggest grouse with the movie, that the entire film was a sham and there was no need at all for the real CBI, and thus Waseem Khan in the picture. And without them, there would have been no real drama.
2. Why did Jimmy Shergill, Diva Dutta, and their fake Police commissioner go the minister’s house after the heist? Just to conduct a drama to mislead the audience? Like normal criminals were they not expected to have a fear of getting caught while they returned to the scene of the crime, and that too for staging an act? On a related note, why did JS and Divya Dutta keep waiting in front of the Minister’s house after the fake raid, while making tensed faces at the camera? Again, to fool the audience?
3. Assuming there is some valid reason for JS to involve the real CBI and thus planting a time bomb behind all of their asses. Why the hell did Waseem Khan allow the show to go on. He could have apprehended them and made them confess. Just like he made Anupam Kher confess. There was no need for the drama. In other words, the characters of the movie behaved as if they knew a movie is going to be made on the events they are involved in, and they wanted it to be as spicy as possible.
4. Why did the owner of the jewel shop agree to Waseem Khan’s proposition? If they wanted to nab the culprits, he was at the complete liberty to refuse cooperation. He was made the subject of an experiment by the real CBI, which ultimately led to his devastation. Even after this huge goof up, Waseem Khan is still shown as a CBI officer and obviously still as eager to catch the culprits. But how the hell did he stick to his job after his pathetic show.
The above four points are my broad issues with the logic of the events shown in the film. The following are some of the issues I had with the execution of the film. These things were more glaring as the film is being projected as an intelligent, no frills heist drama, which is out of the ordinary.
Redundant first half: The climax just reinforces that the movie Special 26 is based entirely on the final act which lasted for about an hour or so. The first half has many unnecessary scenes and sequences just to add to the length of the film. The initial heist is fantastic, and creates tremendous curiosity. But from there on, the first half is an exercise in futility.
What was the need of the wedding sequence? Just to show a celebration song. This is akin to creating a song situation in a Masala movie.
The romantic angle is so insipid and irrelevant to the plot that it can be seamlessly edited from the movie, without actually disturbing the rest of the screenplay. The 30-40 minutes thus saved could have elevated the movie to the next level (at least in the eyes of those who don’t think there are any logical holes/plot holes).
What was the need to show the Kolkota heist? It has been done really well, and is really entertaining to watch. But like we get to know later in the movie, the group had conducted 50 raids in their career. Like we didn’t get to see the first forty seven, there was no real need for them to show the 49th either.
The chase sequence of Manoj Bajpayee in CP is superb. But again, it was not connected to the the movie in any ways. Did it really need to be so long? They could have connected this chase to the rest of the plot to make the movie more seamless.
The detailing of the film is pretty good, especially in the Delhi sequences. But when the action shifts to Mumbai, the VFX is so in your face that it becomes unsettling. Especially the scenes which have the sea as a backdrop. The green wall to sea conversion is pretty substandard.
All said and done, I really enjoyed watching the movie, especially the second half (which in my opinion was the entire movie). Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher were spectacular. Akshay Kumar specially is superb in the interview scenes and the subsequent speech to the new recruits. Kajal Agrawal was horrible.
I will rate the movie 2.5 out of 5. Just for the entertainment.Tags: Akshay Kumar Anupam Kher Jimmy Sheirgill Manoj Bajpai Member Reviews Rajesh Sharma Reviews Special 26