Ratings: 1/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Now here’s the thing about action films. Most of them aren’t particularly smart, but you’re willing to overlook that if they make for a dramatic and thrilling experience. The problem with Luck, which opens at cinemas this weekend, is that it’s neither smart nor spectacular.Luck is often unintentionally hilarious for the clunky dialogue, and particularly for the ridiculous climax scene which is unquestionably the silliest you’ve seen in years.I’m going with one out of five for director Soham Shah’s Luck. Indeed only a stroke of good fortune could save this one.
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Luck is so heavy on style, it seems to completely forget about the script. So much so, the film is like one extended reality show, where not even one participant is able to strike an emotional connect with the viewer. It’s paper thin plot which serves as an adhesive for a string of action sequences which again are not too high on adrenalin. Other than the opening sequence, which features Sanjay Dutt in a life-threatening blindfold race, most of the other episodes hardly bring out the fear factor. Sorry Soham, but the sharks do look like rubber and the climax so much like a pale copy of Sholay’s train sequence.Watch it for some momentary thrills and chills.
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If you’re into thrillers or have been missing one, LUCK holds the key. Be rest assured, you haven’t watched such thrills since DHOOM 2. But the film slips due its ineffectual writing. It gyrates from engrossing to bas-theek-hain towards the second hour.LUCK may not be high on story, but the concept and at least four stylised thrilling sequences make a big difference. On the whole, LUCK rides on star power, adrenaline-pumping thrills and a concept that’s novel for the Indian screens. Despite some loose ends, these three factors primarily would ensure a Lucky journey at the box-office.
It could have been ‘decent timepass,’ as us indulgent towards Bollywood are likely to label tripe, but this ridiculous script devoid of both logic and drama leads to a really boring piece of trash.It’s like watching a really slow episode of the Indian Fear Factor, one where Akshay Kumar — or the girls — forgot to show up. The shots are tacky, the thrills leave you cold, and this film could have been half its length but a sadistic use of slow-motion and flashback doubles your misery.A word to the director: Mr Shah, despite much hype you gave us Kaal. And now there’s Luck, with too many loopholes to even point at. A suggestion, then, for your new industry nickname: Ho-hum Shah. Thanks for the yawns — and for the single funniest climax in ages. No, really.
The opening and ending action sequences by Allan Amin are convincingly choreographed but the intermediate stunts appear too artificial. The director tries to cover up the patchiness of the action by Santosh Thundiyil’s erratic camerawork but it only disturbs more. The banter between characters in confrontational scenes looks too rehearsed. Each one has a dramatized mugged-up response to complement the opponent’s remarks. The emotional connect with viewer is certainly missing despite director Soham Shah’s repeated attempts to induce sentiments.The script of the film relies too much on coincidental luck.
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Unfortunately the screenplay of this film is written in such a ridiculous fashion that the thriller ends up becoming an unintentional comedy. It almost gives you the feeling of watching one of these reality shows – where Danny Denzongpa is the presenter, the six lead actors are the participants and Sanjay Dutt is the judge.To cut the long story short, Luck is straight out of the ’80s. Medical miracles, clashing heroes, sacrificing junior artistes and even an attempted rape… it’s all there! But even if the makers made this film for the masses; the execution is just too lethargic and unconvincing. Luck is a lame reality show playing on celluloid.Despite a solid start, by the time it ends you might say…Is Luck Se Mujhe Bachao.
What is it with Bollywood and adventure? Why can’t we do thrillers in which our hearts leap into our mouths, and stay there? ‘Luck’, which is based entirely on the premise of it brimming over with edge-of-the-seat action, tips us over a couple of times– at best. The rest is spent building up to a climax which isn’t. ‘Luck’ is many more troughs than peaks.