Dhoom (2004) – 5/10 musical action movie review

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Cast / crew
Presents: Yash Chopra
Abhishek Bachchan: Jai
Uday Chopra: Ali
John Abraham: Kabir
Esha: Sheena
Rimii: Sweety
Screenplay Writer: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Writer (Dialogue): Vijay Krishna Acharya
Composer (Lyrics): Sameer
Music: Pritam
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi

Dhoom (2004)

Supercop Jai Dixit is brought in to catch a team a master thieves pulling off daring daylight heists. His only clue is their chosen method of getaway: high-powered superbikes.

5/10

While the fun, lively song sequences work well with good choreography and catchy beats (though an inability to cleanly record some female high-register singing irritates), Dhoom (meaning fun, I believe) has trouble with the elements that appear to be aimed at an international audience. The action isn’t entirely successfully pulled off as ambition outstrips technical ability and / or time and budget and the comedy and drama doesn’t have the snap of the dancing. However, the biggest problem is Abhishek Bachchan who is uncharismatic and uncheerable as the hero and has an unfortunate name (Jai Dixit, the ‘x’ is pronounced ‘cksh’). It doesn’t help that he’s a foot taller that everyone else in the film. Also, surprisingly, it takes John Abraham over 80 minutes to get his shirt off for the ladies. Though, to make up for that uncharacteristic oversight, he does mud-wrestle half-naked in the end credits.

This movie contains adult dialogue, sensuality, strong melee violence, graphic gun violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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