Raid

Raid Movie Review 2018: Waylaid By Distractions

CRITIC'S RATING    2.5/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    3.0/5
Movie Name
Raid
DIRECTION
Raj Kumar Gupta
GENRE
Drama, Thiller
DURATION
02 hours 08 minutes

Raid Review

It should've been the taut and dramatic tale of an upright Income-Tax officer conducting the biggest raid of his career. But in trying to go big scale, director Rajkumar Gupta who's in his element with realistic, small-budget cinema like No One Killed Jessica and Aamir gets distracted.

Much time is spent on establishing Amay Patnaik as upright and non-buyable with a wife who simpers her support, repeatedly. The antagonist is the familiar zamindar-type Tauji with an army of supporters, a mansion stacked with ill-gotten wealth and political reach right up to the Prime Minister's Office.

With corruption and honesty at its core, there was room for Gupta to go straight for the jugular and make a thriller that would resonate with the current mood of the people.

But he gives in to old-fashioned essentials like a wife who turns up with tiffin boxes and an ill-placed flashback song that merely re-establishes the husband-wife intimacy with no add-on value. Apart from an unnecessarily lengthy film, Gupta doesn't bring drama to the narrative. The only relief is not the wife but the charming old Amma of the mansion who's refreshingly funny.

The director also loses the dramatic hold on the subject by trying to be politically goody-goody with Patnaik getting the support of his superiors and his team. Even the Prime Minister declares that the country needs incorrupt officers like Patnaik. So why has he transferred again, Ma'am?

Ajay Devgn brings his stock of credibility to the central role of the income-tax officer. The swagger of Singham continues, only he doesn't wear a uniform this time. Saurav Shukla as power-drunk Rameshwar Singh makes a perfectly annoying Tauji. But haven't we seen them all go through such situations and characters before?

Analysis

    Direction
    2.5/5
  • Dialogues
    2.5/5
  • Story
    3.5/5
  • Music
    2/5
  • Screen Play
    2.5/5

The Verdict

It would’ve turned out well if Gupta had made a shorter and tighter version that stuck to power games, to Amay and his team unearthing the undisclosed wealth of Tauji, and to the mystery informer who made it possible. In fact, the informer is unveiled in a hurried wind-up losing its impact.

For a film that has a good premise but wavers in its telling, Raid gets a 2.5* rating.


 

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