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Plenty of bad movies get rated on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s rare to see a movie score a flat 0% without a single critic to defend something about the flick. If you didn’t think it was possible, take a walk down the cinematic hall of shame and feast your eyes on some of the worst movies (according to Rotten Tomatoes) to date.
Each film on this list has managed to achieve a flat 0% rating, implying a time suck of epic proportions should you choose to watch them. Obviously, these movies should only be viewed at your own risk. Consider yourself warned!
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
Although the original Look Who’s Talking film scored a mere 57% among critics, it was a viewer favorite, which prompted the creators to make not one, but two sequels. The first two featured John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and a series of talking babies. Cute, right?
In the third film, Look Who’s Talking Now , the filmmakers instead swapped the babies out with crude talking dogs who make constant sexual references. Very kid-friendly, right? It’s impossible to understand how anyone making the film failed to consider this strategy would completely alienate the target audience and critics.
MAC and Me (1988)
Although Hollywood may occasionally be able to stomach a bad movie, there’s nothing it hates more than a blatant rip-off. Such was the case when MAC and Me was released in 1988. The story features a young, wheelchair-bound boy who meets MAC (Mysterious Alien Creature), an alien who needs help finding his way home. Sound familiar?
Apparently, the filmmakers thought that putting the poor kid in a wheelchair would keep everyone from realizing they had obviously hijacked the plot of E.T. It didn’t work — Duh! — and critics weren’t shy about letting everyone know what they thought about it.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
As Steven Spielberg told a film festival audience in 1975, “Making a sequel to anything is just a cheap carny trick.” The fact that he understands what so many other filmmakers fail to grasp, however, didn’t keep three sequels to his hit movie Jaws from being made by other misguided industry professionals.
The tales of terrified beachgoers just kept coming until finally Jaws: The Revenge , the franchise’s fourth movie, finally sank things once and for all. The movie’s nonsensical plot, bad special effects and sloppy execution were more than critics or moviegoers could handle with a straight face.
Staying Alive (1983)
Ever noticed that there’s something about dance movies that seems to inspire a million sequels? Before the days of the Step Up franchise, Staying Alive led the way toward insipid dance movie franchises of the future. Unfortunately, this questionable sequel to the successful Saturday Night Fever came nowhere near the success of its predecessor.
John Travolta returned as Tony Manero in a plot set six years after he won the legendary disco contest in the first film. The plot mostly serves as a filler for additional dancing that the filmmakers mistakenly counted on to carry the movie.
Poor Bo Derek. One day, her career was off to a great start, and the next, her husband, John Derek, had a not-so-brilliant idea called Bolero . Written and directed by John himself, the film features Bo as a recently graduated woman in the 1920s who traipses all over the globe in an attempt to lose her virginity.
The whole thing turned out to be one of those movies that’s funny for all the wrong reasons, and it was largely considered a huge mess by critics. On the other hand, it won six of its 10 Razzie award nominations. Maybe that counts for something — or not.
Dream a Little Dream (1989)
You know you have failed in a spectacular fashion when not even teen heartthrob Corey Feldman could save your ’80s movie. Such was the case with Dream a Little Dream , a bizarre story about an elderly couple who undertakes a mystical experiment.
As a result, they end up trapped in the bodies of two teenagers, whose lives don’t turn out to be what they had expected. Not surprisingly, the film itself turned out to be epically incoherent. Roger Ebert dubbed it “an aggressively unwatchable movie,” while other critics questioned whether the writers had any idea what they had created.
Problem Child (1990)
A couple adopts a young boy who turns out to be an absolute nightmare who is determined to make their lives hell. While this might sound like a solid premise for a horror movie — maybe it would have worked that way — Problem Child actually tried to present itself as a slapstick comedy.
The problem was that none of the jokes were the least bit funny, and the plot itself came across as more mean-spirited than fun. The result was a mess of a film with a lead character that neither adults nor children could bring themselves to understand, let alone like.
Megaforce was supposed to chronicle the tale of an elite group of international warriors, but it turned out to be something most critics had to force themselves to watch. As one reviewer put it, the film was “the kind of bad that makes you wish you were somewhere, anywhere else.”
The movie barely grossed a fourth of its $20 million budget, little of which appeared to have been used to improve anything about the film. With bad dialogue, cheesy special effects and a ridiculous plot, Megaforce ended up being the most unintentionally funny action movie of all time.
Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)
Few movies brought fans, critics and even its own crew together in mutual disgust quite like Highlander 2 . The original Highlander at least achieved a cult following, but the sequel pretty much just borrowed the title and absolutely none of the good parts of the storyline.
The filmmakers bizarrely tossed much of the original movie’s plotline and twisted the premise to include aliens battling on an environmentally plagued Earth in 2024. Rumor has it that even director Russell Mulcahy asked to replace his name with a fake one but was forbidden by his contract from bailing out.
American Anthem (1986)
If you have never heard of this ’80’s gymnastics story, then you’re not alone. The story centers around a young male gymnast who works through various issues, meets a girl and trains for the Olympics — you know, the usual athlete coming-of-age story. Who better to play him than an actual Olympic gold medal gymnast, right?
Apparently not. While production didn’t have to worry about training Mitch Gaylord to do the gymnastics, they probably should have focused a little more on training him to act. The sloppy story and overload of cliches came in second only to his less than gold-medal acting performance.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
You know how even the funniest joke loses all its hilarity if the same person keeps telling it over and over? That’s sort of what happened with the Police Academy franchise. While the original was hilarious, nobody was laughing anymore by the end of the sixth sequel.
Among the most painful of the follow-ups was the fourth installment, in which Commandant Lassard decides to recruit civilians to work alongside the cops. The movie seems less concerned with a plot of any sort and plays out more like a string of gags tied together in the longest YouTube compilation ever.
Based on the cover alone, Deadfall looks like a movie that could attract plenty of unsuspecting viewers. It has Nicolas Cage, James Coburn and even Charlie Sheen among its cast, not to mention a Coppola in the director’s chair.
As it turns out, it’s merely a lesson in never judging a book — or a movie — by its cover. The film is basically an attempt at film noir gone terribly wrong. Although the filmmakers managed to get the look right, they forgot the part where you really need a strong plot to make the whole thing work.
A Thousand Words (2012)
When your movie is shot four years before anyone dares to actually release it in theaters, you know you’re in for a rough ride. A Thousand Words made the mistake of taking the hilarious Eddie Murphy and pretty much forcing him to pull off an hour and a half of recorded silence.
Why? Because if his character spoke too much, he would be doomed to become a magical tree in his backyard. By the time the film was over, audiences everywhere were more desperate for Murphy to regain his speech than his character was.
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)
Despite its name, this film ironically did more to tank the career of lead actor Nick Swardson than help it. If you didn’t see it, fear not. It’s pretty much just one long joke that keeps struggling to tell itself for the most painful 96 minutes ever.
You get a socially challenged loser kid who moves to L.A. to follow in his porn-star parents’ footsteps. Unless the previous sentence made you laugh hysterically, then trust us when we assure you that you didn’t miss anything. Seriously, it doesn’t get any funnier from there.
Although it was released a mere two years ago, Gotti has already gained the popular vote for the worst mob movie of all time. John Travolta stars as infamous mobster John Gotti in this biopic, which attempts to cram the guy’s entire life into 105 minutes.
Gotti was many things, and an interesting guy was certainly one of them. Unfortunately, the film fails to capture this fact and also manages to be ridiculously boring in its attempt to entertain. One critic actually said he would prefer to “wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch Gotti again.” Yikes!
Dark Crimes (2018)
In the ’90s, most of us thought of Jim Carrey as the hysterically goofy star of films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber . Then, one day, he suddenly stunned the world with his obvious dramatic talent in movies like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind .
So, when Dark Crimes came along, it seemed promising. The film cast Carey as a detective, and he did a pretty good job with what he was given. That said, the film was less the thriller it was intended to be and mostly just too disturbing to actually watch.
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
It seems like we all fell so in love with Adam Sandler during his early career that we just can’t bring ourselves to give up on him. It was probably his early success that made him rich enough to start bankrolling his own movies, and things have been going downhill ever since.
Among the worst of his creations is The Ridiculous 6 , a would-be Western satire that is just painful to watch. Aside from its lame jokes, the flick is insanely racist and disrespectful toward Native Americans — to the degree that several Native American actors walked off the set.
Max Steel (2016)
Not all superhero movies are created equal, as Max Steel will be the first to grudgingly admit. While many action films spawn toy lines, this one did things backwards and attempted to make a movie out of an old toy from the late ’90s.
The movie tells the story of a boy named Max who meets a metallic alien being that can wrap around him like a knock-off Iron Man suit. The rest of the movie follows suit with one superhero cliche after another, none of which are executed half as well as they are in the films they shamelessly mimic.
Simon Sez (1999)
Remember when Dennis Rodman was still around? Well, of course, there was someone out there who just had to ride the coattails of his 15 minutes of fame by dropping him into an action flick. Hence, Simon Sez , the sequel to Double Take , was born.
While Rodman at least had Jean-Claude Van Damme to back him up in the first film, he has to resort to teaming up with a pair of random computer hacking monks in the sequel. Prepare to spend the whole movie wishing he would just give it up and do a couple of dunks instead.
Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
Although The Blue Lagoon didn’t even garner a 10% fresh rating from critics in 1980, that didn’t stop someone out there from thinking a sequel would still be a great idea. 1991 saw the ill-fated release of Return to the Blue Lagoon , which fared even worse than the original.
The film plopped then-teenagers Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause onto a desert island, threw in a little romance and a lot of flesh, and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, the movie tanked and was even deemed by one critic to be “for pervs and frustrated holidaymakers only.” Ouch.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
Back in the ’80s, there was a card collecting trend featuring the Garbage Pail Kids. With characters meant to be knock-offs of Cabbage Patch Kids, the cards featured kids that were super gross in ways that only young boys find fascinating.
To the horror of parents everywhere, someone decided to turn the trend into a truly terrifying live-action film. While the cartoonish creatures may have looked harmless enough on the cards, their puppet counterparts were the stuff that nightmares — and years of intense therapy — were made of.
Top Dog (1994)
While Chuck Norris may have spawned a series of hysterical memos detailing his epic levels of greatness, Top Dog is his Achilles Heel that refuses to die. How could an action-comedy starring not only Norris but also an adorable dog possibly go wrong?
Well, the first mistake was inserting our heroes into a “family-friendly” film laden with Neo-Nazis terrorists and White Supremacists. (What?) The second was having the poor taste to release it two weeks after the Oklahoma City bombings. All this added up to an epic fail that was virtually booed out of the box office.
Jury Duty (1995)
This Pauly Shore flop was enough to leave most movie fans preferring actual jury duty to sticking around until the final credits rolled on this movie. The tale revolves around an uninspired slacker who gets the brilliant idea to sign up for jury duty so he can take advantage of the free room and board. (Exactly where is this jury duty?)
The rest of the film mostly focuses on him coming up with the most annoying ways possible to keep the case going, simply so he doesn’t lose his temporary digs. By the end, you’re sure to be just as frustrated as his fellow jurors.
You could almost hear the collective shatter of the hearts of Friends fans around the globe when this bad boy flop came out. The sports comedy featured Matt LeBlanc — of Joey Tribbiani fame — and a lovable, baseball-playing chimpanzee named Ed. What could go wrong?
So much. Although the premise could have been a solid kid feature in the right hands, the filmmakers fell back on a string of potty jokes and very little else to make the movie funny. The whole thing just seemed like such a waste for LeBlanc’s comedy skills, and it didn’t do the chimp any favors either.
3 Strikes (2000)
Starring Brian Hooks and written by the same guy who penned the hysterical Friday, this comedy gem seemed destined to be a winner. Wrong! By the time it was all said and done, critics were ready to lock this one up and throw away the key.
The plot centers around a two-strike felon who is trying his best to stay out of trouble, a task that turns out to be surprisingly complicated. The movie relies mostly on super lowbrow humor, which might have been excusable if it had actually managed to be funny.
You know those bargain bin DVDs that look like dollar store versions of popular movies? Redline is pretty much their king. Imagine The Fast and the Furious but without the plotline and with women depicted as nothing more than arm candy. That pretty much sums up the movie.
Rather than attempt to tell a story of any sort, the film is a blatant vanity project meant to show off a bunch of flashy cars, complete with the calendar girl side pieces. Save your time and flip through a car calendar at a truck stop instead.
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
Seriously, how do you even mess up The Nutcracker ? Sadly, this misguided children’s film pulled it off, much to the dismay of horrified film critics everywhere. The Hollywood Reporter called it “an apparent Scrooge-like attempt by Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky to forever ruin children’s associations with the classic Yuletide ballet.”
Despite the film’s solid cast, which included Elle Fanning and Nathan Lane, it veered so far away from the much-loved traditional tale that it became something else entirely. You had one job, Nutcracker . Step away from the 3D glasses and stick to the beloved story.
National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers (2003)
This sincerely misguided attempt at a comedy stars Will Friedle, who played the lovably bumbling Eric Matthews on Boy Meets World , and Chris Owen as the two least funny guys in any comedy ever. The hijinks begin when the boys decide to marry two older women, in hopes that they will soon die and leave them a large inheritance.
Before long, everyone is trying to murder everyone else, and the mystery of why this mean-spirited flick was ever considered a comedy just keeps getting deeper. If you want a real laugh, read the film’s Rotten Tomatoes reviews instead.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
Look no further than this 2002 gem for proof that star power alone can’t save a bad film. Starring Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas, the movie is about two government agents who are fighting over who can get their hands on some new diabolical weapon first.
An understandable plot, however, seems to be the last thing on the filmmakers’ minds. The entire movie is more like one big string of explosions, bullets and plotlines gone rogue (and wrong). With more than 100 bad reviews to its name, if it’s not the worst movie of all time, it’s definitely pretty close.
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (2017)
As one critic summed this one up, “ Saving Christmas is basically 80 minutes of Cameron lambasting Christians for not being his equal when it comes to intolerance and close-mindedness.” The film left both believers and nonbelievers alike wondering what had just happened to the incredibly confusing last 80 minutes of their lives.
The bizarre undertaking looks more like something Cameron filmed on his phone after a few too many egg nogs and is more or less him preaching a sermon he didn’t bother to research. The whole thing comes across more like a vanity piece than an inspirational message.
Tom Selleck, the actor who resembles a real-life Ken doll, made a major mistake when he took the lead role in the incredibly problematic Folks . In the film, Selleck’s Jon Aldrich tries to manage his work and personal life while his parents, particularly his father who lives with dementia, continued to make his life more and more problematic.
Folks! was heavily panned for its negative portrayal of anyone over the age of 50, but especially for the low-brow humor at the expense of someone living with dementia. You couldn’t find any folks in the archives who had a good thing to say about this poorly-written movie.
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
A movie with the likes of Keenen Ivory Wayans and Jada Pinkett Smith sounds like it would be a recipe for a good movie, right? Wrong. This action/comedy dud written, directed by and starring Wayans was panned for its terrible plot lines and story structure.
Legendary film critic had some particularly cutting words for the LAPD-focused flick: “Here is a movie about guns. Take away the guns, and the movie would be about nothing much. The plot, the dialogue and all but one of the characters are so shallow that, without murder for a punch line, they’d deflate.” What a shame.
Precious Cargo (2016)
Sigh. Poor Bruce Willis. This movie was so bad it makes other bad movies look good. Willis played the role of Eddie Filosa, who convinces a crime boss and his gang to steal $30 million in diamonds from another crime gang in exchange for a woman.
Another film whose plot points and story structure are just filled with guns and high-speed chases. The cheap dialog and intentionally funny moments turned into a piece of painful, gut-wrenching cinema. It should honestly be retitled “Total Garbage”.
A group of sexy college co-eds party abroad in a vampire-filled Romania. What could possibly go wrong? When the lead character Rusty arranges the Eurotrip so he could meet his Internet girlfriend Draguta, you realize how much actually will go wrong in this far-from-campy movie.
The movie is filled with a bunch of tired gags, monsters that aren’t scary and too many characters to develop an affinity towards any of them. For a movie from the National Lampoon franchise, this screwball comedy really fails to deliver any “mania” outside of pure nausea.
London Fields (2018)
The clairvoyant Nicola Six, played by Amber Heard, learns that she will die at the hands of a man in her life. Naturally, she begins to date three men to discover which one will be her killer. That makes total sense, right? Nothing confusing to contemplate there.
The film grossed $168,575 on its opening weekend, with a per-screen average of $261. The Independent’s critic Kaleem Aftab claimed, “Most scenes lack pace, are performed badly and are accompanied by a running commentary of action we can see for ourselves.”
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Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai
2021, Action/Mystery & thriller, 2h 15m
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RADHE: The Most Wanted Bhai is an adrenaline-pumping action entertainer. The story revolves around the rampant usage of drugs in our society and how the youth is getting destroyed in the bargain. The protagonist of the film "RADHE" is a smart and tough cop with a kind heart and witty personality. He usually likes to do things his way to get justice restored in society. How far RADHE goes to bring justice, clean the streets from drugs to save the youth and to restore peace in society forms the crux of the story.
Genre: Action, Mystery & thriller, Crime
Original Language: Hindi
Writer: A.C. Mughil , Vijay Maurya
Release Date (Theaters): May 13, 2021 limited
Runtime: 2h 15m
Distributor: ZEE Studios International
Production Co: Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films
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Radhe Movie Review-Cum-Rant: Salman Khan Sleepwalks In This ‘Most Unwanted Ghai’
The catastrophe is the thought behind creating all this at a time when the viewer has access to a sh*t-load of better content than this..
Radhe Movie Review Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and half stars)
Star Cast: Salman Khan , Randeep Hooda, Disha Patani , Jackie Shroff, Megha Akash, Siddhartha Jadhav, Arjun Kanungo
What’s Good: If you’d decide just to skip this and watch Wanted instead, that would be the best option as of now (apart from getting yourself vaccinated)
What’s Bad: Screenplay, performances (apart from Randeep), background score, dialogues, VFX, storytelling, existence
Loo Break: Oh! You’ll get a lot of opportunities to take the load off (which you’re ultimately getting from the film)
Watch or Not?: The first person guessing what would my answer for this would get the chance to use four hours left of watching Radhe on my ZeePlex account (they could watch the film twice in that time)
Rana (Randeep Hooda), as the bada*s drug-lord of Mumbai, is trying to expand his network by reaching out to the city’s hotspots. In a meeting, cops discuss how they’ll need someone to stop this, enters the suspended cop Radhe (Salman Khan). They revoke his suspension to clean the city, and for some reason, I wished the scene would’ve created more impact with “gaadi wala aaya ghar se kachra nikal” playing in the background.
Radhe is now the man with a mission (but not missionary). Enters Diya (Disha Patani), a model and sister of Radhe’s boss Avinash (Jackie Shroff). She just happens to be wherever Radhe is and is dumb enough to believe whatever he says (ahh! the sweet taste of irony). Radhe, with the help of local gangs, reaches to Rana for one final face-off. Don’t tell me, you didn’t know this was going to happen (or you’d want to know what happens next).
Radhe Movie Review: Script Analysis
As I decoded the formula in my trailer review, the story unfolds precisely like that – introduces a problem (drugs in the city), introduces the problem-solver (Radhe), problem solved. The bad thing is that the predictability is not even close to being the worst thing. It’s not even Salman Khan flying with his SUV straight into the ‘in-air’ helicopter to bash the bad guys. The catastrophe is the thought behind creating all this at a time when the viewer has access to a sh*t-load of better content than this.
I’ve been a fan of Salman entertainers & my past reviews will tell you so (except Race 3), but this is Race 3 all over again. Based on Kang Yoon-sung’s South Korean film The Outlaws, Radhe’s screenplay is messed up by A. C. Mugil & Vijay Maurya. The ‘character-celebratory’ sequences are as forced as the leading lady’s existence in the film. There’s a genuinely hilarious scene in which Jackie Shroff is dancing while wearing Disha Patani’s sexy dress with Salman Khan, but that made me realise how this is the only situation I wouldn’t like to be Tiger Shroff.
Ayananka Bose’s cinematography is just about right for the chaotic screenplay but lacks to score due to weak substance. Editor Ritesh Soni emerges as the hero of the film by keeping the film’s length restricted to just 114 minutes, and if you skip the, it’s just a little over 100 minutes. I’m still not saying he has perfectly edited out the clutter; I’m just saying he has eased the pain by keeping it short. Also, what was the dubbing? Many dialogues aren’t appropriately lip-synced, giving you the VCD Player vibes.
Radhe Movie Review: Star Performance
Salman Khan is stuck in the loop of being a star when the content around him is actually favouring the actors. He still holds the charm, but unfortunately, that’s not enough to intrigue the audience living outside his loop. I hope this is the point where he looks back and sees how even a sub-par Bharat & Tubelight are miles ahead as a film than this and Race 3.
Randeep Hooda, straight out of Extraction, falters due to the weak character arc. Still, the efforts of making a scene special by just being in it are visible and much appreciated when there’s so much of wrong going around. The blank stares and scary smiles give his character a quirky touch making him stand out from the rest.
Disha Patani doesn’t even try to justify her presence. It’s so annoyingly apparent the makers have included her character just for the glamourous quotient dumbing her down to no limit. Jackie Shroff’s face did a better job in Hello Charlie compared to what he’s doing here.
Radhe Movie Review: Direction, Music
Prabhudheva treats this just like any of his other movies (sans a cameo of him dancing with the leading star). Executing the done-to-death treatment, Prabhu fails to recreate the Wanted, Rowdy Rathore magic yet again. Serving to a particular target group is totally acceptable, but with this, the makers are even taking them for granted.
Sanchit Balhara’s background score is pretty much in-the-box shattering the recommended levels of decibels consumption. None of the songs clicks, not because they aren’t good, but I actually forwarded them because… (read music review here & kids, that’s how you plug content).
Radhe Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done; if this is what sold at the name of entertainers, I’d like to change my order for some boring films, please. This probably should be the last film made around ‘just’ the solo heroics of Salman Khan (cut to 2022… Radhe: Your Most Wanted 3 Bhai).
One and a half stars!
Radhe releases on 14th May, 2021.
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Radhe Movie Review: This Salman Khan-starrer is dangerously bad than the pandemic
Deccan Chronicle | Suparna Sharma
Salman Khan films these days don't even qualify as films, in the sense that they are not even moving images
Salman Khan-starrer Radhe movie's poster. (Photo: Instagram/beingsalmankhan)
Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai
Cast: Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff
Direction: Prabhu Deva
Streaming on: Zee5
Radhe is allegedly an official remake of the 2017 South Korean film, The Outlaws. This means that we could sit with both the films and play "spot the difference" till the end of time. But what’s the point?
No Salman Khan film before and since Dabaang (2010) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) has really had a point except to treat India's legions of Salman-esque man-babies to how "bhai" shaves, dances, kicks and flexes.
In fact, Salman Khan films these days don’t even qualify as films, in the sense that they are not even moving images. They are simply a collage of snapshots of him posing in high heels which his pants try to hide by splitting at the bottom and flaring out.
It’s one thing to suspend disbelief for the sake of a story, characters, a world conjured up. It’s quite another for us to have to also pretend that Salman Khan is tall, that he can move, and that he is a young man and not a 55-year-old first-in-line for the Covid vaccine.
The Salman Khan universe is always pivoted on imagined masculine physical power, prowess, speed and moral courage where he is the good guy up against bad guys. And this is the plot of Radhe.
The Outlaws was about a group of cops. But here, as in most Salman films, no one else matters except him. That is because his Radhe has superpowers that even Superman, Spiderman, Shaktiman haven’t yet harnessed.
Radhe is no ordinary cop. He is an encounter specialist on suspension, and yet when the menace of drugs and suicides spreads through the schools and colleges of Mumbai, it is he that the commissioner of police turns to for help.
Because even when he is off duty, Radhe flies into the high-rise apartment of a bad guy who has raped and killed a girl. Why he couldn’t get there earlier and save the girl is not disclosed. But then, that’s not the point of this scene. This scene is meant to inspire The Matrix people.
Radhe, you see, is so fast that he’s not even a blur. People he attacks and even kills are not even aware that they have been attacked till they find themselves bleeding or dead. But since some people need to see and process how lethal he is, Radhe kills everyone and then proceeds to show the main bad guy a replay of how he did it.
Director Prabhu Deva's Radhe is like that horrible "I’ve Mixed Everything That Was Leftover" dish which Mummyjis are given to cooking every few months.
The film can’t even come up with a single whistle-worthy dialogue and uses that old "Ek baar jo main commitment karta hoon..." line over and over.
Even the supporting characters are like zombies who have risen from Salman’s previous tacky films. As if, upon hearing that Salman is making another film, they crawled out of those films and arrived on the sets of Radhe. They do here what they did then.
Radhe's official world is made up of minions who are devoted bhakts and his bosses are either corrupt or bumbling fools. ACP Avinash Abhyankar (Jackie Shroff) is a moron who gets to wear a silk maroon dress and show-off his waxed legs.
The wider world is made up of a good, old Muslim man who is a mute, moral approver, a young kid who wants to catch the bad guys, and several women who either get raped, killed or beaten. Except for the one Salman is romantically inclined towards, of course.
Salman Khan could never really act and for a while now he has stopped moving as well. Throughout Radhe, Salman carries a fixed expression, as if he sent his wax statue to the shoot and everyone around had to pretend it was the real thing.
So directors, choreographers and fight masters have to make him stand in poses that can be joined together later, on the editor’s screen, to insinuate movement .
This means that we get several stills of him: The pinky-lipped pout, eyes crinkled to project smoldering, Salman standing with feet shoulder distance apart and arms making round brackets around his torso. Sometimes, after beating the bad guys, he hooks his jacket to his index finger and flings it on his back. There are also several shots of him holding his belt buckle or hands in his pant pocket. All these call attention to his manhood which, unfortunately, is shy and whimpering when it comes to having any meaningful contact — romance, chemistry — with any actress.
Since Salman Khan went bonkers over a girl in the 2003 Tere Naam, he has been a reluctant suitor. So it’s the women who must prance around him like dizzy squirrels in short skirts. These women are shapely, much younger do-gooders who, when not simpering or dancing, are helping others. When they are dancing they take his hand and place it on their waist or present their booties for him to do a gentle tabla thing on it.
In Radhe, Disha Patani’s name is Diya. Since she is always in shorts and skirts, she gets told off about her clothes, Baddi Ammi style. But there is that mandatory bare torso scene of Salman for his fans to swoon over.
In Radhe, Salman doesn’t just show us a six-pack torso (hello, CGI), but attention is also called to his ample man-boobs which twitch in a rather creepy way at the sight of Ms Diya.
The main bad guy in Radhe is Rana (Randeep Hooda) whose shoulder length hair is annoying.
Rana doesn’t seem to have or want a life. He stays in an abandoned mill and with his two men eats out of aluminium takeaway containers. Sometimes the sweet people who send him food also send him thermocol plates.
Rana doesn’t inspire much love for a life of crime. And just a video of his sad life would have been enough to deter future criminals. But since Salman Khan films are a sequence of dances and fights, he goes after Rana.
In Radhe, Salman doesn’t just beat up all the bad guys, he converts some into duffle bags and even sends a flying knife into a goon’s half-eaten Batata Vada and pins it to a wall.
At the end he jumps out of an SUV and flies into an airborne helicopter. It all ends with a dance where Salman barely moves and Disha Patani overcompensates with worrying pelvic thrusts.
What is more worrying, however, is that two very loved men of our film fraternity — Salman Khan and Prabhu Deva — think it is okay to peddle this imbecility as a film.
PS: A joke has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp about Radhe:
"You guys don't know him, but I have a friend who has been on a wheelchair most of his life. And today he stood up to switch off the TV while watching Radhe."
I just want to know at what point he stood up from the wheelchair. I want to frame that scene.
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Radhe Review: Salman Khan Does Everything Fans Expect Including Shedding His Shirt
Radhe review: randeep hooda, in the guise of a brutal baddie in black, upstages the rest of the cast, which includes jackie shroff in an underwritten comic role of a bumbling assistant commissioner of police..
A still from the film Radhe . (Image courtesy: taranadarsh )
Cast: Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff
Director : Prabhu Deva
Rating : 2 stars (out of 5)
A Salman Khan movie is usually like a running tap that cannot be turned off. It stops only when the water tank has been emptied of its content. Radhe , directed by Prabhudeva, is another unapologetic addition to that tradition. The film dumps a whole lot of dross on us, albeit with a certain degree of surface gloss.
The lead actor, doing justice to the tagline in the title (“Your Most Wanted Bhai”), has the entire film to himself. When Radhe loses his cool, which obviously is pretty frequently, there is no stopping him. The one-man army goes all guns blazing. It is, however, Randeep Hooda, in the guise of a brutal baddie in black, who upstages the rest of the cast, which includes Jackie Shroff in an underwritten comic role of a bumbling Assistant Commissioner of Police who seeks to hide his failings behind a wall of bluster.
Available for on-demand viewing on Zee5 – it would also have hit the multiplexes had the second wave of Covid-19 not shuttered movie halls across India – Radhe deals with an urban epidemic of sorts. Youngsters are dropping dead (or harming themselves grievously) owing to widespread drug addiction. Our man Radhe , an under-suspension police inspector, is hurriedly pulled out of hibernation and entrusted with the task of weeding out the drug dealers who are taking a toll on the nation's future.
Towards the end of the film, the protagonist, who has been given the assignment owing to his reputation (he has toted up 97 encounter killings and 23 transfers in ten years, the audience is told), proclaims: I will clean the city up. Swachch Bharat! Jai Hind! You expect him to round it off with Bharat Mata Ki Jai. He stops short. Mercifully.
The source of the basic story is duly acknowledged. Radhe is a remake of the high-grossing 2017 Korean action film The Outlaws, which had drawn inspiration from real-life, turn-of-the-millennium gang rivalries in a Chinese-dominated neighbourhood of Seoul. The Salman Khan starrer is only fitfully focused on the ground realities of Mumbai. It is far more at ease with the larger-than-life treatment that the star imposes upon the film.
Salman Khan goes about the mop-up job with all the swag at his command. In his grand entry scene, he flies through a sturdy glass pane without causing himself any pain. While he is in one piece and lands on his feet ready to take on the world, he sends shards and bodies flying. The goons who cross his path stand absolutely no chance – Radhe can stand up to entire battalions single-handedly, and without losing much sweat, let alone blood, over it.
Needless to say, we have seen this persona of the star on the big screen times without number. But just in case you don't get it, he spouts his signature Dabangg refrain: “Main jab commitment kar deta hoon….” Among the other punchlines that dialogue writer Vijay Maurya (also the film's screenwriter along with A.C. Mugil) gives the lead actor is: “Radhe jaane ke liye nahin bhejne ke liye aaya hai.” This is in response to an unsuspecting question posed by the first bad guy that he eliminates: How will you get out alive? It is Inspector Radhe's job to send criminals packing post-haste. As for the man himself, he comes and comes at his own sweet will.
Radhe is Salman Khan's customary Eid release. So, before he proceeds to hasten his first adversary's tryst with death, he declares: “Tere hisse ki biryani mil-baatke khayenge aur bolenge Eid Mubarak.” What that also means is that the star wants you to treat the film as a diversion in tough times and not fret over the illogical methods that it wallows in. Much later, Radhe brings us back fleetingly to the real world. The crawl on a television news channel reporting on a shootout in a Mumbai pub refers to the launch of the Coronavirus vaccination drive in India on January 16, 2021. But let us not even go there considering where we are a few months on.
Life isn't all work and no play for Radhe . He does get the occasional breather, thanks to the largely decorative presence of Disha Patani. The character that the hero's romantic interest plays is defined by the skimpiness of the outfits she sports rather than by the depth of her relevance to the plot. She is in the film to try and ensure that it is sufficiently peppered with songs and dances and that the musical set- pieces are endowed with reasonable glamour quotient while Salman Khan provides the star power to keep the unabashedly silly plot moving.
Not that she succeeds. In one scene, after she has sent her sloshed dad – the aforementioned ACP Avinash Abhyankar, Radhe' s boss, to bed, she breaks into a seductive dance to inveigle the object of her affection. Radhe , however, responds with spirit-dampening snores. That, to be charitable to her and to whoever decided to cast her opposite Salman (there is little compatibility, forget chemistry, between the two), is the effect Patani's presence has on the film. She slows it down.
The songs, picturised in a manner that harks back to Prabhudeva's early days as a choreographer, might pass muster if one were to watch them independently of the film, but in a thriller centred on vicious drug peddlers on the rampage and a cop bent upon bringing them to book, they are totally out of place.
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Talking of placement of songs, the much-hyped Seeti Maar number does not add up at all. It is bunged into the 110-minute film at the top of its last quarter. It simply doesn't work. In anything, it pours a whole gallon of water on the possibility of any sort of dramatic anticipation building up as Radhe prepares to launch his final assault on Rana, the ruthless crime lord who goes about bludgeoning and slashing people who owe him money.
Radhe has enough inducements for diehard Salman Khan fans to keep them interested in the goings-on. The star does everything that they would expect of him, including shedding his shirt. For all others, there is Randeep Hooda.
Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff
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