Monday, January 28, 2013

SINGHAM (2011) movie review

Singham (2011) d. Shetty, Rohit (India)

Time to get your Bollywood on with this over-the-top action extravaganza about the titular noble small town cop (Ajay Devgn) who is prepared to lay his patented lion’s paw slap down on injustice anywhere. But when he offends big city racketeer Prakash Raj, the stage is set for a war of wills and an array of eye-popping stuntwork as bodies and vehicle take to the skies. Inherently exaggerated in every department, there are dizzying camera over-and-undercrankings and whirling crane shots (as well as the requisite musical numbers – the oft-repeated title theme being especially infectious) to rival any Hollywood blockbuster, and the performances match the deliciously larger-than-life tone. Kidnapping plots, extortion schemes, planted evidence, and a little romance from resident lovely Kajal Aggarwal are all part of a day’s work for Singham – let your inner lion roar!

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