Rocky Handsome movie review: Why are we watching this John Abraham film?

Rocky Handsome movie review: John Abraham ​only​ appears bad, see, he’s actually a good guy with a terrible past. The rest of the space is filled with an eight-year-old who’s made to talk like she’s double that.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2016 5:23 pm
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A drug-mafia infested Goa plus menacing mobsters plus a little girl who goes missing plus​ a ​muscled ​man ​on a​ mission is equal to ‘Rocky Handsome’. What all of it basically comes down to is this: a sculpted John Abraham donning a black singlet–pajamas–​combat ​ cap, walking slo-mo down corridors, beating the c—p out of sundry bad guys. Or ​slashing​ holes into ‘em. Same difference. That is the sole purpose of this film.

The baddies are a colourful lot. One is called Mantoo, or Muntu. Another has a ponytail and leaps about like a terrible​ carbon copy of a bad carbon copy. Another is bald-pated and twinkly eyed. These two have a bodyguard who comes from one of those lands in the East where ​kinetic martial arts​ are used commonly. I think I heard someone say Thailand, so okay, he’s Thai.

Also read: Rocky Handsome box office report: John Abraham starrer earns Rs. 1.84 cr 

But really who cares about such specifics in a film which is determined to plumb all depths when it comes to grisly violence : from a man with an axe, to ​goons ​with kni​ves​ and gun​s, and some kind of a ​vacuum​ drill, which is used in a most shiver​​ inducing manner right ​at the start​, every conceivable weapon is brought to bear. But before you can shout axe murderer, you ought to know that Abraham’s character is the most violent of them all. Particularly in a climactic scene, in which he makes like a veritable ​whirlwind​, us​ing​ everything he has, to ​carve through ​ his opponents.

O​f course he ​has a justification​, because he is a Hindi film hero. ​Which is meant to make up​ for the absence of a coherent story-line, dreary set pieces, and ​long stretches of people​ shooting at each other​. ​The film is based on a ​well-known ​Korean flick, and in Korean flicks which topline gore, the leading men are not saddled with back ​stories to​ make them look noble. Shruti Haasan shows up for a miniscule walk​-​ on just to ​shed some good light​ on the hero​, before he walks off into the shadows.

John Abraham’s Rocky Handsome is a ​double​: the screen splits into two, with both Rocky and Handsome ​come ​striding towards us, just in case we were confused. He ​only​ appears bad, see, he’s actually a good guy with a terrible past. The rest of the space is filled with an eight year old (Diya Chalwad) who’s made to talk like she’s double that, and given a relationship with our hero which is meant to tear you up, but feels faintly creepy. Theres a young woman with a drug habit. ​Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, you come upon the ​gracious Suhasini Mulay trucked out​ as​ a sleazy peddler of kids. Everything is all over the place in this Goa over-run by ‘Roosis’​,​ and dark​ night clubs, and organ traders, and scenes of extreme, hard-core violence.

Also read: Audience reacts to John Abraham’s Rocky Handsome, watch video

Remind me again, why are we watching this one?

Star Cast of Rocky Handsome: John Abraham, Diya Chalwad, Nishikant Kamat, Sharad Kelkar, Shruti Haasan

Director: Nishikant Kamat

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    Manish
    Feb 20, 2017 at 11:05 pm
    Your review is merely a joke. Honestly, action doesn't seem like your genre. So spare your opinion for senseless ma flicks because there's plenty of such ones rolling out every week.
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      jngpa lim
      Mar 4, 2017 at 4:44 am
      i like john abraham.lt;br/gt;but the director and producer have to be more imaginative .Why??lt;br/gt;thats because the story line is exactly the same as a 2011 Korean movie Man from Nowhere
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        reh
        Mar 26, 2016 at 10:54 pm
        which has written this review. do critics actually go into watch a movie with a preconceived view of how it should be. I bet this critic hasn't even watched the Korean flick.the Korean dude has a back story too.john actually bought the rights to that movie so stop calling him a copy cat. at least hes been honest.
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          Gautam
          Mar 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm
          The original "Man from nowhere" is way too good. Not sure if it has done any justice.
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            Sourabh
            Mar 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm
            Nyc movie ..
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              Shipra
              Mar 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm
              Read the 3 mistakes of the ROCKY HANDSOME here:lt;br/gt;
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                Shipra
                Mar 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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                  abhay
                  Apr 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm
                  whoever u maybe... just go watch pogo, if u cant handle a action packed movie, i dont even remember when was the last time anyone has seen any asian movie.... give me a break ... i cant even understand their language.. John has brought up a fantastic movie and viewers loves it... So lady please check ur gles number or rate a C grade movie... Wait dont rate any,, u dont deserve it... A 5 Stars for it
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                    Abhishek Yadav
                    Mar 25, 2016 at 6:08 pm
                    I don't understand why this Lady is always critising all the movies. Before it was superman vs batman and now Rocky handsome. I mean let it be ok with superman vs batman but this one is ridiculous. You really don't have any movie sense.
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                      Amit Bose
                      Mar 30, 2016 at 3:16 pm
                      I am just curious this film critic Shubhra Gupta has ever made any films. Then what basis this people become critics ? She watches world cinema and generally gives 1 star or 2 star for Hindi movie. Probably she should be critics for world cinema not Hindi cinema because she is misleading Hindi film audience.
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                        J Aimol
                        Apr 16, 2016 at 12:38 am
                        Stop copying, make your own Story
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                          yashvardhan
                          Mar 25, 2016 at 8:42 am
                          If all of you have such problems with the reviews why come here in the first place. the review is completely to the point and don't blame the writers/critics, the sorry state of movies in indian cinema these days is the real culprit
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                            amee
                            Mar 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm
                            If u are going to cinema for a action movie u must not think of anything else from fighting. As fighting is concern this movie is really good.
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                              Anand Bellare
                              Mar 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm
                              The critic here thinks he/she can make better films then Nishikant Kamat who has given us movies like Force, Drishyam and Mumbai Meri Jaan. And just to remind, you watched the movie because you chose to be a movie Critic. But took the role all too Literally.
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                                andy
                                Apr 3, 2016 at 11:51 am
                                May be Ms. Subhra Gupata is not getting money for this review and that's why she is giving such remarks. After a long days, we have watched a good action movie. Story and direction are superb along with John's acting.
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                                  Balaji
                                  Mar 25, 2016 at 8:33 am
                                  Unnecessary criticism. Major issue with all critics is over-smartness.
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                                    bipasha
                                    Mar 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
                                    24faster,com
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                                      bipasha
                                      Mar 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
                                      watching this mast hogi sayd
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                                        john blesson
                                        Mar 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                                        This movie is awsome and i dont know why this behanji has problem with all the films
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                                          kamesh
                                          Apr 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm
                                          fantastic movie... john has matured as an actor, he has done his part commendably well... action sequences are comparable to Hollywood hits... the violence has a 'Kill Bill' touch... lt;br/gt;this is a movie not to be missed....
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                                            Cesar
                                            Mar 26, 2016 at 3:39 am
                                            Cesar from Santa Clara, CALIF USA, just came home from watching Rocky Handsome. Great movie, excellent fight scenes and plot. John is an INDIAN Steven SEGAL, and does a great job (even if it is a movie , and maybe he does not have 30 years of martial arts. I like it as a movie, even if it resembles another movie. There are a villains and there is a HERO; and John does a great job as the quiet HERO. With one or two commercials US-wide, this movie could be watched by a larger public (to make it more successful like the RAID, which was filmed in JAKARTA). Thanks
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