RA. One, directed by Anubhav Sinha, stars Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. Is listed as an action-adventure, sci-fi romance, this film could have been labeled a documentary about making cheese and I would still be loving it at this very moment. Where to even start?! *takes deep breath*
"RA.One" stars one of the world's most popular actors and one of Newsweek's "50 Most Powerful People in the World" - Shahrukh Khan. Called "India's Tom Cruise" and known by his billions of fans as "King Kahn," he plays Shekhar, a video game programmer whose game takes on a life of its own - creating the evil RA.One (Arjun Rampal). Now, Shekar must become G.One, a tech-powered superhero, to defeat his super-powered creation and save the woman he loves.
The film starts out in an uber-cheesy dream battle, but it's cheesy on purpose so they can give the audience a good laugh in the first few minutes. The story picks up from there as we meet Shekar (Khan) a game programmer who's out to create the next big hit or loose his job. Under serious pressure from the powers that be, he gets a brilliant idea from his young son who likes rooting for the bad guy. There's a big good vs. evil lesson that's plugged throughout the film so you will see it as a recurring theme. Through some not so realistic science and possibly some voodoo magick the game's characters take on a life of their own, stepping out of the virtual world and into the present day.
The battle ignites as RA. One and G. One take to the streets to get the party started mano-a-mano. The film uses some out of this world stunts throughout its plot, and introduces quite a few things that I, the action junkie, had yet to see. It was a truly spectacular visual experience. I'd go into lavish detail but I'd be spoiling the film for you and robbing all the grueling work these guys put into the movie. RA One is labeled as the most expensive Bollywood movie made to date, which really shows in the finished product. The action scenes were absolutely well choreographed, especially from Khan. The emotional elements surprised me as well, adding a bit more depth to the overall storyline. While the overall acting wont be going down in the history books all the actors did a pretty decent job with believability. I hope more folks who have yet to give Bollywood a try will do so with this one, it's a popcorn action movie for sure but one of the best I have watched in a long time.
If you like some cheese in your movies you'll get that and more in RA One. Slow motion running, kicking, a big mix of martial arts and wind that comes out of nowhere and fans the pretty ladies at just the right moment. Major Tron and Terminator influences show in the film but they also do a pretty good job of trying to make it their own.
I was dancing in my seat to some kick ass songs including Akon and a pretty sweet cover of "Stand by Me". Visually the movie pops, drawing you in with bright colors and outstanding sets. The costumes and shoot locations give the movie an extra level of solidity. A little long on the runtime coming in at 2 and 1/2 hours so make sure to use the facilities before the show starts. English subtitles. Spoiler video below is you'd like to check out a fun song from the film. :)
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