Remaking a remake, Abbas-Mustan could very well have ended up helming an unwieldy mess.
Instead, Players, the official remake of Hollywood?s heist flick The Italian Job (itself a remake of a British caper film of the same name) is no frame-by-frame copy. There?s enough desi masala to make it an entertaining action flick to kick off 2012 for Bollywood.
I won?t reveal more about the plot than what you would already know. The Players are a gang of the best in the business who team up to steal gold worth an eye-popping amount.
Players cast at Dubai premiere
Charlie Masacarenhas (Abhishek Bachchan) leads the stylish gang. His mentor Victor Dada (Vinod Khanna) helps Charlie form his dream team, with explosives expert Bilal (Sikander Kher), illusionist Rony (Bobby Deol), Spider (Neil Nitin Mukesh), Riya (Bipasha Basu) and make-up and prosthetic expert Sunny (Omi Vaidya).
They pull off the heist with some sharp action and the twists begin from there.
Alan Amin (previously seen in John Abraham?s Force) has lined up some pretty activating action ? much appreciated in my theatre.
Several of those in the ensemble cast of the film would be keeping their fingers tightly crossed; hoping Players can resuscitate flagging careers.
First off, Neil Nitin Mukesh, largely off the radar after an intense performance in Johnny Gaddar, has the meatiest role. He?s done well though hopefully he doesn?t get typecast with the genre.
Abhishek Bachchan shows some of the style of the Dhoom series ? it?s easy to get carried off in an action flick, but he does none of that.
Bipasha too shows a hint of Race with her glamourous role and that red bikini (she hasn?t worn one since Dhoom). Sonam Kapoor, fresh from the dud Mausam, somewhat redeems herself as an actor playing the good geek Naina (hint: Neil is the wicked geek).
Players ends up as a fun weekend flick, especially for action buffs. Don?t expect much from Pritam?s music ? there?s none of the head-bobbing of Dhoom 2 or Race.
Watch: Abhishek's ready to go for gold
In the second half, the movie meanders and you almost wish Abbas-Mustan would have trimmed some of the desi fat to enhance the impact of the movie.
I?ll go with 3 stars for this out-and-out entertaining flick.
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