Action Jackson movie review: A straight-up disgusting fare

Action Jackson movie review: Ajay Devgn doesn’t need to stoop this low: so what if he can't dance, he can keep a straight face while delivering a joke.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2014 3:33 pm
Ajay Devgn appears in a double role, the good-hearted gali ka goonda Vishy, and his look-alike, the sword-wielder AJ. Ajay Devgn appears in a double role, the good-hearted gali ka goonda Vishy, and his look-alike, the sword-wielder AJ.

Movie review: Action Jackson

Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Manasvi Mamgai, Yami Gautam

Director : Prabhu Dheva

The last Prabhu Dheva outing, R Rajkumar, was so unbearable that I thought I would be scarred for life. Action Jackson is almost as vile: the only reason I stuck around was to see if Ajay Devgn would start making like Prabhu Dheva by the end. No, he doesn’t.

That’s not the deal-breaker, though, because Ajay Devgn’s never been much of a one to shake a leg. And that’s perfectly okay because not all men have to be able to dance to prove their macho-ness. It’s that he has agreed to star in a film that is so gratingly awful, whose women are either dumb dodos, or doped-out vixens and who submit to being dumped on all the time, and whose comedy track consists of a guy (Kunaal Roy Kapur) getting slapped, one, two.

I can’t tell you more because there is nothing more. Ajay Devgn appears in a double role, the good-hearted gali ka goonda Vishy, and his look-alike, the sword-wielder AJ, whose chief ability is to slice and dice humans. Vishy’s girl is the wide-eyed Khushi (Sonakshi Sinha); AJ is made to swing between two women, the goody-two-shoes Gautam, and the wild-eyed, coke-snorting Mamgai, and face off with a villain who has, get this, a glass eye.

This could have been an entertainingly retro comic-book revenge saga, especially because it has a dashing bad girl who has more screen time, and much more neon-lit presence, than everyone else in the flick.

But Prabhu Dheva doesn’t have the skill sets to instill that knowing edge into his material; he shows no awareness, in fact, that it is risible. He wants to do Kill Bill part 4, but he is, at heart, a contortionist-cum-choreographer with a tiresome, jaded appetite for blood. This is PB trying for QT and falling flat on his nimble toes.

I’m seriously tired of watching Sonakshi Sinha making faces which her directors are content passing off as acting. And Ajay Devgn doesn’t need to stoop this low: so what if he can’t dance, he can keep a straight face while delivering a joke. And he can waggle a sword. Even Rohit Shetty’s brand of brainlessness is better than this straight-up disgusting fare.

If Prabhu Dheva had the smarts, he would have given Manasvi Mamgai a more filled-out part, and gone full leather-and-kink. But clearly that is not what the director is after: his idea of entertainment is to have his leading lady gaze at the leading man’s nether equipment and pass out.

I wish I had, while watching.

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    dinesh
    Dec 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm
    Just watch Tamil/malayalam movies and decide.. We already threw this guy from Tamil industry long back.. but hindi film is celebrating him..Here people stopped watching mindless ma movies.. Just download movie called Paradesi.. Decide whether any director from bollywood able to make movie like that ..
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      South Indian
      Dec 7, 2014 at 8:26 am
      You bloody, That south movies remix only given hits for your salman khan, Aksay kumar etc................
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        Arindham
        Dec 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm
        I am highly disappointed. Even this managed 20 crores in weekend!! What the is wrong with Audience ...
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          Arnab
          Dec 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm
          There are a lot of bad films I had to suffer through this year, but AJ was of a w other level. I mean, whoa, who came up with this? Even 5 year olds can write a better script. Not a single thing made any sense of any sort at any specific point. The gundas were the weirdest. They catch a person, asks where AJ is and before getting the answer Kill him/her. WTF? You just spent an awful lot of time, money and resources tracking someone down who can get you information, why did you kill him before getting anything out?The main villainon the other hand was a complete tin head? What was he thinking, or rather, was he even thinking? His g plan to get his sister AJ, his right hand and a guy who can kill like a billion people holding automatic rifles with his anese sword (Which he holds with 1 hand mind you) in one go, was to kill his girlfriend/wife? Seriously, who the made you a don? Who the came up with this? Why the did I watch this film? Why on earth is this nonsense even called a film?Some questions a better left unanswered I guess.
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            Artist
            Dec 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm
            I must say ..The Best Movie Review Ever !! :P
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              Arul
              Dec 8, 2014 at 9:46 am
              o , Compare than bollywood South films and directors are very good .. They have much talent compare that these guys dont blame
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                Avik S
                Dec 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm
                What about Sajid Khan then?? Worse than worst, I wonder! ;)
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                  Badd Pitt
                  Dec 9, 2014 at 5:30 am
                  Hey, as long as everyone makes their crores, its alright I guess. Perfect movies for the low-IQ Indian crowd.
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