Romeo Akbar Walter Movie Review: John Abraham Delivers A B-grade Raazi With Mouni Roy
Apr 05, 2019 MoviesNow4U Team
Romeo, Akbar, Walter - 3 identities, one person and no expressions. That's the most effective way to summarize RAW, the two-and-a-half hr long yawn fest directed by Robbie Grewal. Set in 1971 when relations in between India, Pakistan as well as East Pakistan were tense; back house, R&AW (RAW, Research Study and Analysis Wing) was hectic polishing their ideal spy to go behind enemy lines. His work: get as much information as possible.
Wait! Does not that audio like Meghna Gulzar's 2018 film Raazi? It does, to a certain extent. Romeo Akbar Walter is a paler cousin of Raazi.
Romeo Ali (John Abraham), a teller in a financial institution by day as well as a theatre musician by night, stands out of RAW Principal Srikant Rai (Jackie Shroff) during among his efficiencies. The skill with which Romeo disguises himself on phase daily gains the RAW principal, who chooses to recruit him for a vital objective.
After a crash course in snooping, Romeo is sent off to Pakistan as Akbar with a new hairstyle and also kohl-rimmed eyes. That's just how supervisor Robbie Grewal turns a common man right into a spy who is accountable for carrying out one of the greatest covert missions throughout the border.
30 minutes into the slowest spy thriller ever before, you decide to forgive the director reasoning that things will certainly obtain extreme as well as edgy with Akbar's arrival in Pakistan. Grewal fails to deliver right here too.
A lot of twists and turns neither evoke enjoyment nor nervousness. From concealed transmitters to lie detector examinations to third-degree abuse to inadequate disguises, the film delves into every over-abused trick in the magic box that is Bollywood reconnaissance thrillers. The narrative appears so outstretched, playing so hard on conventions and also mottos, that all you intend to do is penetrate your chair a bit extra, and also try to find a perfect position to drop off.
If the slow pace of the film plays a spoiler, John Abraham's wooden expression adds to the 144-minute long trauma. Despite many close-up shots, it's hard to find a speck of expression on John's face in this film. Mouni Roy, who made a mark with Akshay Kumar in Gold last year, has absolutely nothin78g to do here. However, it's the supporting cast that comes to the rescue and tries redeeming the film. Sikander Kher, who plays a menacing Pakistani police officer, tries to deliver a commendable performance. Alka Amin as John's mother delivers a pitch-perfect act. But alas. None of these can make up for the fact that RAW loses the plot within the first half hour of its runtime.
Romeo Akbar Walter tries hard to invoke a sense of patriotism but fails miserably. This weekend, do yourself a favour, avoid this movie as well as instead view Sooryavansham on TV. It will soon get on one of those OTT systems.
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