‘Agent’ movie review: An excruciating snoozefest that only leaves you annoyed – The Hindu

Agent is ‘wild’. The lead character carries a sure ‘wildness’ inside him. He’s simply wild. W-I-L-D. I want you to register that he’s wild as a result of, in Agent, the phrase ‘wild’ options some 37 instances, ‘wildness’ a dozen instances, and all people together with the hero’s mentor, girlfriend and the villain calls him ‘wild saala.’ Now, no matter you image this lead character to be like, Akhil Akkineni will surpass that along with his portrayal of the vexingly unidimensional Ramakrishna a.ok.a Ricky, who comes throughout as a man-child struggling to return out of childhood spy fantasies; every part he does has a touch of explosive vitality that’s pushed simply sufficient to make the entire affair very annoying.

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An moral hacker working on his personal, Ricky hacks the system of Mahadev (Mammootty), the cold-blooded Chief of RAW who’s nicknamed ‘The Satan’. When reprimanded, Ricky says he did it to impress Mahadev and to get himself recruited as a RAW agent because the company rejected him thrice — these two interviewers who rejected him could be the one good individuals on this universe.

After some dilly-dallying, Mahadev caves in and sends him on a mission to cease evil mastermind The God (Dino Morea), an ex-RAW agent-turned-rogue and the present head of a felony syndicate. What’s fascinating is how the monikers of Mahadev and God juxtaposes the roles performed by God and Satan. Mahadev is so stone-cold that he wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice just a few brokers for the sake of the mission, however he does it for ‘the better good.’ Additionally, not like within the Bible, it’s the God right here who has turned in opposition to his ‘father’, the Satan. However none of those concepts quantities to something as these characters change into the everyday spy film mentor/villain.

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Agent (Telugu)
Director: Surender Reddy
Solid: Akhil Akkineni, Mammootty, Dino Morea, Sakshi Vaidya 
Runtime: 164 minutes
Storyline: Satan, the Chief of RAW, hires an hyper-active unpredictable child to take down a syndicate headed by God, an ex-RAW agent who went rogue

Director Surender Reddy takes time to determine the instinct-driven hyper-active high quality of Ricky — and his ‘wildness’ which clearly appears to be the movie’s solely calling card — however these scenes are onerous to take a seat by. At one level, Ricky simply kills a random man in a bar to show himself, dealing with no penalties for it. Unable to discover a novel technique to transfer from one plot level to a different, and for an unimpressive pay-off later, Surender brings in a love curiosity for Ricky within the type of Vidya (Sakshi Vaidya), a budding pilot. And to make Ricky a saviour, a spoilt son of a minister is introduced into the combo; he lusts after her, her desires get shattered, and Ricky makes use of his hacking expertise and reveals the minister reside footage of the pervert son having intercourse in a resort room to scare him.

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However it is a movie that consistently reminds you to not take it critically. Firstly, this isn’t for many who would squirm at ample cinematic liberties taken to haul a hero by a barrage of oncoming bullets with out a scratch — even the Indian military in Kashmir and the native police are unable to shoot straight at a 20-something man learnt his commerce from watching too many spy movies. Secondly, besides when instructed particularly, we by no means know the place a lot of the movie takes place, and also you tire of the generic places, just like the spy film interiors with displays displaying nonsense.

Surender may need needed the movie to really feel ‘unpredictable,’ as talked about a thousand instances within the movie, however it is a terribly predictable screenplay with jarring tonal shifts, unfathomable track placements, and haphazardly put-together ‘mass moments.’ Even the reveals it hides so painstakingly fail to redeem the screenplay.

Akhil Akkineni in a still from ‘Agent’

Akhil Akkineni in a nonetheless from ‘Agent’

The staging and writing of scenes additionally make it onerous to convey Agent’s feeble emotional beats. At one level, we dive into a brief flashback for Ricky that tells us why he needed to change into a spy. Even this isn’t a novel concept, nevertheless it’s the one factor that resembles a soul to this movie, and it really works partially as a result of it brings some coherence to the proceedings.

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It’s additionally time for filmmakers to bid adieu to the Gatling gun (Relaxation in peace, M134 Minigun). For a second, it was alarming to see Akhil convey out two Gatling weapons on the similar time; fortunately, he makes use of them one after the opposite. However even with all of the gunfire, the motion sequences turn into mirthless.

For all of the wealthy manufacturing worth it boasts, and with actors like Akhil Akkineni — whose efforts are seen — and veteran Mammootty, Agent seems to be a snooze-fest with hardly something to remove. Not so wild, actually.

Agent is at present working in theatres

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