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Mickey Virus Review

Mickey Virus Rating: 2.38/5

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Mickey Virus Hindi Movie Review

Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand’s Verdict – CNN IBN 

I wouldn’t be surprised if Mickey Virus was greenlit only because some smart-alec marketing wiz pitched it as the next Vicky Donor. Problem is, this film is never more than just a good pitch. A concept in search of a plot. Mickey Virus isn’t unwatchable, but at 2 hours and 15 minutes, it certainly overstays its welcome, offering little by way of laughs or thrills. I’m going with two out of five. Walking out of the cinema, you’ve forgotten it already.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

While much of the first half of MICKEY VIRUS is committed to Mickey, his friends and the romantic liaison with Kamayani [Elli Avram], the story gathers momentum towards the post-interval portions. Saurabh sets aside the best for the second hour as MICKEY VIRUS gathers pace and alters tracks [it gets into the thriller mode], with several unanticipated twists thrown in the sequence of events. The murder, the ambiguity behind the murder, the cat and mouse game… Saurabh ensures there’s no dreary or yawn-inducing moment now. The build up to the culmination is nerve-racking, with the identity of the actual perpetrators catching you completely unaware.On the whole, MICKEY VIRUS is a well-made, engrossing thriller that should be liked by the youngsters.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:The Front Row ( Hindustan Times )

Somewhere buried deep inside Mickey Virus is an entertaining story about a lazy, computer hacker in Delhi who is enlisted by the cops to crack a complex multiple murder case. But Mickey discovers that all is not what it seems and finds himself embroiled in robbery and murder. The trouble is that writer-director Saurabh Varma makes this story so unnecessarily convoluted and long that by the time we have the great climactic reveal of who did what, we don’t really care.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

On the whole, Mickey Virus is a good entertainer but very very simplistic. Hence, a section of the computer-literate world will not appreciate the over-simplification of the job of a hacker; as for the computer-illiterate audience, the drama, in any case, would be Latin and Greek for them and, so, incomprehensible. Besides, the extremely dull pre-Diwali period will take its toll on the film. Commerially, it will not be able to do much at the box-office.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India (TOI)

This one isn’t so deadly that we can’t decode, or so simple that we just download and ESC (read: escape). So, risk it and hit ENTER! Varma allows his characters to flourish in wit and humour. The plot is intelligent; there are laughs (sample: a tee printed – ‘Jab Tak Hai Trojan’), some suspense and surprises too. Though direction is not error-free, it could’ve been more innovative and he often tips the balance between comedy and thriller. This virus won’t crash your system. Watch it!

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror

Mickey Virus is a half-decent effort that tries to marry a (now quickly getting old) Delhi setting and hackers with their gizmos in a comic caper. It’s a sort of Fukrey meets Abbas “Enter Password” Mustan entertainer.The problem lies in execution. Mickey Virus tries too hard to straddle the two worlds of cutting edge tech and laid-back teeny Delhi in a Bollywood film. This results in “hacking” that looks as if Andy Warhol designed the VFX.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

But this film, like the hacker-hero, is a bit like a Viru Sehwag innings. When it is good, it is rousingly good. When it falls short, it is exasperating. The screenplay isn’t as smart as it pretends to be. It is neither all that funny nor particularly thrilling. Mickey Virus has two distinct halves – the first is devoted to loads of youthful drollery as two policemen strive to get the computer whizkid on their side; the second takes on the form of a deadly whodunit in which several lives are lost.Mickey Virus is a passable film

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff

Mickey Virus is based on an interesting idea, the plot is good and the film is relevant at a time when cyber crime is increasing. However, with weak direction, even the best of stories cannot be told well. This 130-minute venture takes too long to set the tone of things and could definitely use a shorter, tighter script. Mickey Virus is two films divided by an interval. The first half is a marathon of the now (thankfully) defunct TV show Dil Mil Gaye and the second is a suave, well-scripted suspense. If you have time to spare and the strength to tolerate the first half of the film, book your tickets now.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

Mickey Virus’ teams a debutant director and a first time lead actor, and a fine supporting cast, and comes up with a film that holds attention for some time, before it gets stretched into a too-long second act. What I liked about this bunch is that they are not trying too hard, and except for a couple of exaggerations, seem just right for their milieu. It’s all fun up to a point, and despite a couple of amateurish edges, the director shows potential. So does Paul.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

Unfortunately the innovation of the plot wears out too soon. The writers seem to hit a sort of roadblock in the second half not knowing where to take the story. Despite a strong support from the cast, the core material of the film is weak. The actual hacking and the way the portals and CGI screens look is very juvenile. At one point in the film, you don’t know how seriously do we take Mickey Virus! Bigg Boss contestant Elli Avaram looks pretty, but her on-screen chemistry with Paul is average. Songs could have been better.Mickey Virus will appeal to Manish Paul fans who want to see him in a different role other than a TV show host.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Faheem Ruhani Site:India Today

The comic-thriller is fast paced, constantly taking you from one unexpected situation to another. The dialogue is witty, full of repartees and with many smart one-liners that most characters, even the supporting ones get to mouth and display their comic mettle. When the film slips into thriller territory it does remarkably, keeping the dramatic tension intact, gradually building up the tempo to a lively, entertaining climax. To its credit the film’s humour is quirky but not once below the belt. Mickey Virus is not a bug you would want to get rid off easily. Go get infected!

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Daily Bhaskar Site:Dainik Bhaskar

Shake your head first, Mickey Virus is way different from what you carved out from its below-average comic trailer. It’s a suspense thriller with a twist of comedy in the first 20 minutes.  The first half of the film is hard to decode as the director seems to have lost the track in order to create a balance between comedy and thrill. However, in the second half comedy takes a back seat and you start enjoying the film. But some glaring errors in the story cost this film much more than expected. Watch Mickey Virus only for Manish Paul.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Saurabh Varma’s Mickey Virus is indeed a wickedly thought film but it adopts an overtly contrived and complicated plot to build a story that is predictably simplistic. The screenplay is stuffed up with unnecessary elements, mostly songs, that makes the film’s first half feel like an absolute drag. However the concept saves it from being an absolute nonsense though it might ring incomprehensible in parts. Manish Paul’s otherwise cute buffoonery isn’t enough to drag you to the cinema halls but given good films are in short supply these days, this might be the best way to relish your popcorn.

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    [Esc] it to [Ctrl+S] your time & money! [Cltr+Alt+Delete] the idea of watching it in theatres! (2/5)

    Even if the most believable myth of every human being on earth having at least its 6 other look-alikes somewhere in some parts of the world could get applied to movies, first timer Saurabh Varma’s comic thriller MICKEY VIRUS doesn’t come close to the last year’s sleeper-hit and a trendsetter in big-in-content small films VICKY DONOR even in its prettiest dream! Now, the makers can sure terminate the possibilities of their indulgence in any such claims but the fact remains sound that it was positioned as the next in the league!

    MICKEY VIRUS shifts you into a world of cyber crime that is new & novel but not complete alien. In the crowds of ‘Nehru Place’s, ‘Lajpat Nagar’s & ‘Connaught Place’s of Delhi, you might have bumped into these young bloods with ‘spiked’ hairstyles, sling bags on back and in printed Tee’s that talk much more than the guy himself. Mickey Arora-the virus (TV actor Manish Paul in his first lead on big screen) is one such youth and a promising-playful & carefree hacker who knows his powers [He can break through any security password for a website] and capabilities but doesn’t bother to channelize it for his own good. No wonder, in such rash practices to show off his talent, Mickey ignorantly lands him in a plot of illegal hacking & serial murders that are never his game of excitement.

    Well, picking up a plot that has never been done before is always a smart decision when you try to prove a point (Here it supposed to be giving a hit on the lines of the earlier reference) but then you also need to be upgraded with a smarter writing hand as an anchor to pull out. Sadly, MICKEY VIRUS doesn’t find that support. Hacking a website is described here in verbal as a hard nut to crack (The technical lingo seems too accurate for the ears of a common man to doubt its authenticity) but is shown as an unproblematic smooth pastime for everyone around. Where the cyber-talks are too gibberish and Martian for one who’s not very familiar with the technology, the imagery is over-simplistic for one who might know it inside out. And will you really feel for a hero who’s hypothetically the sharpest brain around but couldn’t smell anything fishy or see it coming, especially when you have guessed it all right much before making a way to the climax?

    Surprisingly, film’s strength lies in the performances but mostly from the supporting cast. Film sees the strongly in character Maneesh Chaudhary as ACP Siddhant who wants to make the most of Mickey’s hacking talents to bust a cyber crime racket. The charming Varun Vadola plays an archetypical ‘dilliwala’ police ready with comical one-liners. TV Actor Nitesh Pande is seen after long in a brief but meaty role as the master in hacking, fondly called as ‘The professor’. I wish we could have more of him on big screen. Coming on to the amazingly funny on shows TV Anchor Manish Paul. This is his launch pad to Bollywood and he shows promise but mostly in the comical scenes. In times when he’s trapped in to emotional scenes, he doesn’t look very comfortable. His leading lady on screen (Swedish girl Elli Avram of Bigg Boss 7) too carries only the looks of an accented glam-doll with herself and nothing much to appreciate on acting front.

    As a comic-thriller, it does have some flares as intimation but the way it reaches there and unfolds itself is less bothering. This not-so-effective virus can be overlooked. My suggestion? [Esc] it to [Ctrl+S] your time & money! [Cltr+Alt+Delete] the idea of watching it in theatres! (2/5)

  2. To entertain their audiences, small budget films in Bollywood have a simple funda– ‘Put up a good show’ because that is the only way they can survive in the theatres for long. Films like ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’, ‘Fukrey’, ‘Mujhse Fraandship Karoge’ etc. have brought a little hope to the industry. This week, debutant director Saurabh Varma is up with his attempt, ‘Mickey Virus’.

    Mickey Virus is the story of Mickey Arora (Manish Paul), a hacker, who hangs out with his three friends, Chutney (Pooja Gupta), Pancho (Vikesh Kumar) and Floppy (Raghav Kakkar). The Delhi police, ACP Siddhant (Manish Chaudhari) and his subordinate Bhalla (Varun Badola), is investigating a case on cyber-crime. ACP Siddhant needs a hacker to get to the roots of the crime and that is when he hires Mickey to work for him. Meanwhile, Mickey falls in love with a girl named Kamyani George (Elli Avram), but he soon realizes that a big conspiracy is going against him. What happens then?

    Mickey Virus promises to be a comic thriller. And let me tell you, that it does entertain you for some time. The one liners are good and the plot is bearable. The flavor of Dilli is here yet again. Though, the problem here is that Mickey Virus fails to hold you together. The direction could have been tighter and so do the writing. The first half is slow and it is the second half actually where the film picks up the momentum.

    Manish Paul, as a debutant, does his work with utmost honesty as a ‘dilli ka launda’, though he has got to learn more with time. Elli Avram just looks beautiful as an avatar of Mickey’s Kung Fu Chameli. But her acting skills are hard to bear. Pooja Gupta, Vikesh Kumar and Raghav Kakkar provide a good supporting cast. Manish Chaudhari impresses while Varun Badola steals the show of all.

    On the whole, Mickey Virus can prove to be a decent watch this weekend and is likely to attract the youngsters. A good timepass, just keep your expectations low!

    Rating- 2.5/5

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  4. http://chillitomato.in/micky-virus-movie-review/
    A casual comic thriller!

    The success of Vicky Donor brought a no. of films based in Delhi. Micky Virus,is one such movie with an interesting theme of hacking world; among them after the much successful and acclaimed Vicky Donor.

  5. Good film.RIP Vikesh Kumar

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