What's New: Few fighting techniques that are rarely explored in Bollywood
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Kabir Ahlawat aka Rocky Handsome (John Abraham) is a grieving man with a hidden past. He goes on a lethal rampage when his next door neighbour, a little girl named Naomi (Diya Chalwad) gets kidnapped by a Goan drug lord, Kevin Pereira (Nishikant Kamat). Reason? Naomi's junkie mother (Nathalia Kaur) has stolen some of Pereira's drugs. Now it's upto our mystery man to save the kid and bring back some sunshine in his life.
Performances: John Abraham looks every bit of an action hero. Some of his punches are a total killer but then why that poker face? You keep trying hard to find any expression on him but your mission goes kaput! Having said, ladies, beware! You just can't escape from fan-girling over John's droolworthy physique. There's plenty of toned abs in store for you but then that shouldn't be the only good thing about a movie na?
Shruti Haasan looks funny when she lip-syncs. A song and a death scene! Well, that's all you get to see of her. (Remember, it's a special appearance guys! That's not me but what the makers had in their mind).
Coming next to our villain played by Nishikant Kamat. He throws random Konkani in his conversation ( a gentle reminder for us that the film is based in Goa) and acts hilariously thus failing to evoke any kind of fear in you.
Here I am reminded of John's quote from one of his recent interviews where he said that action only looks beautiful if it's backed by emotions. If emotions are right then people overlook whatever you do. Ahh, how ironical the situation stands here!
The little girl, Diya Chalwad is just reduced to another cute little thing stuck up in a mess. Nathalia Kaur and Sharad Kelkar have nothing much to add to the film.
Direction: A brawny John Abraham joining hands with the 'Force' director Nishikant Kamat for an action flick? Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Sadly, their latest film together 'Rocky Handsome' fails to etch some memorable moments due to its wafer-thin plot and sloppy dialogues.
An official remake of the Korean film 'The Man From Nowhere', 'Rocky Handsome', in order to make it palatable for the Indian audience tries to tap the emotional quotient but falls flatly instead. Unfortunately there isn't a single scene in the film where you want to reach out to the characters. The bad guys appear more buffoonish rather than menacing.
Nishikant Kamat's lukewarm treatment to a dark subject and his incompetence to explore the bond shared by John and the young protagonist make 'Rocky Handsome a tedious watch.
However there is some interesting hand-to-hand combat and slick action moves that hold your attention for some time.
Combo-on-offer: Average Performances+ Cool Action Moves
Verdict: We give 'SLAPS' to the film for failing to strike a chord with us emotionally. This 'Rocky' tries hard to be 'Handsome' leaving us with an empty feeling in the end. Save it for the small screen affair instead.