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Movie Review: Rocky Handsome (2016)

★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop


1453506390_26_rockyhandsome4The film starts off with an extremely silent Rocky (John Abraham) buying fishes and flowers. The very moment he smells the flowers, the film goes into a ‘flashback mode’ followed by the introduction of Rocky’s beautiful wife Rukshida Kabir Ahlawat (Shruti Hasan). When the movie is brought to the present day, a cute little girl by the name of Naomi (Baby Diya Chalwad) gets introduced. She is a frequent visitor to Rocky’s pawn shop. On one such visit, when she starts conversing with the ferocious looking Rocky, she confesses that all her friends call him as ‘Handsome’ and that, she has been deliberately told to stay away from him because ‘he had committed a crime’, something that her heart refuses to believe. As days pass by, she opens up about her dreaded life before Rocky. She confesses that her mother (Nathalia Kaur) is a hardcore drug addict who gets beaten up always by some men. The unsaid bond of friendship gradually increases between the two and Rocky (without saying) becomes extremely protective about her. One fine day, when Rocky enters his shop, he becomes shell shocked to see that his shop has been broken into and that some men are driving away with Naomi in their captive. All of this leads to a deal that Rocky strikes with Naomi’s kidnappers Kevin (Nishikanth Kamath) and his psycho brother. As per the deal, Rocky should deliver a certain (drug) consignment to an assigned place, in return of the freedom of Naomi and her mother. And when Rocky lands up at the assigned place for the delivery, he realises that the police has cordoned the area. What follows after that is oodles and oodles of violence including many merciless killings and brutal murders all for a single reason. Amidst all this, the police department discovers Rocky’s past that shocks the daylights out of them. What is the reason for all the killings, what is Rocky’s past and what reference has it got with his present, does Rocky become successful in tracing out Naomi and her mother… is what forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “ROCKY HANDSOME is for people who like action films.”
bollywoodhungama
3.0 “If you are looking forward for nerve-racking with a pinch of emotional turmoil, then without-a-doubt ‘Rocky Handsome’ is what you need.”
zeenews
3.0 “John Abraham’s action does all the talking”
indiatoday
Average Reviews
2.5 ” It’s the execution and poor dialogue that makes this film a damp squib.”
timesofindia
2.5 “Only For John Abraham Loyalists”
movietalkies
2.5 “Insane Action Thriller Lacks Emotional Connect.”
filmibeat
2.5 “Rocky Handsome is meant for hard-core action fans. And for those who want to discover a bigger (much, much) and better John Abraham.”
dnaindia
2.5 “From the raw and rusty locations to the fight sequences, Nishikant Kamat’s film is a well-detailed one”
deccanchronicle
Negative Reviews
2.0 “The only good part is its action sequences, which might have been directly borrowed from the original Korean film.”
Mid-Day
2.0 “Silent killer John Abraham misses the target”
hindustantimes
2.0 “Rocky Handsome is strictly for fans of ultra-violent action movies.”
Movies NDTV
2.0 “Weak plot and ordinary storytelling make the movie an easily avoidable one.”
koimoi
1.5 “Rocky Handsome has limp, spiritless action!”
rediff
1.5 “I’m still trying to understand what ROCKY HANDSOME is all about”
glamsham
1.0 “Why are we watching this John Abraham film?”
indianexpress
1.0 “Director Nishikant Kamat piles on horror upon horror to make John Abraham the action star that he has been in his earlier films like Force. “
nowrunning
1.0 “The action of the film is impressive but without much emotional context, it fails to leave an impact. “
masala

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