Saturday, December 01, 2007

Finally, a zero rating!!!

Just when it looked like the year might end without any 0/10 rated films, along comes a movie so bad that even Ed Wood would have been embarrassed. Prior to watching this awful flick, the front runners for my personal worst 2007 movies list were Anubhav Sinha's Cash & Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag. Now, Ram Gopal Varma has had plenty of good movies to his name in the past so maybe he can be forgiven for the odd bad movie he churns out every few years. But currently as it stands, Anubhav Sinha is heading straight for the Ed Wood hall of fame with his awfully constructed films. Still in all his 5 movies, Sinha has not managed to make anything as bad as Vikram Bhatt has this year.

So here it is....drum roll..............

Speed (2007, Director Vikram Bhatt): Rating a solid 0/10

Contrary to what the title might indicate, this is not a Bollywood version of the 1994 Keane Reeves bus thriller. It is instead a ripped off version of the 2004 Hollywood film Cellular. Vikram Bhatt has made a habit of 'borrowing' plots from Hollywood movies but as bad as his movies are, they are usually watch-able to some extent. But Speed is a laughable effort.

I have not seen Cellular but the story does not sound too bad for a thriller. The problems with Speed are everything else Bhatt has modified to adapt the movie -- terrible screenplay & awful timing of the songs (a hot sexy number moments before the assassination has to take place). Urmila Matondkar has put in a decent acting effort but the rest of the cast do their best impersonation of B-grade flicks. Ofcourse, credit for all the wrong things has to go to Vikram Bhatt. And no truly bad Bollywood film would be complete without the patriotic angle where any ordinary Indian can save his nation!

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