Rocky Handsome – Passable imitation of The Man From Nowhere


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One look at the movie and you will get what I meant by the title. Yes, Rocky Handsome is a passable imitation of South action thriller, The Man From Nowhere, directed by Lee Jeong-beom, and Won Bin as a lead actor. Except few changes in the plot, Rocky Handsome continues to bear stark resemblance with the Korean blockbuster.

Plot

Confined to his self-enforced introversion, Kabir Ahlawat (John Abraham), as destiny had it, comes across with next-door kid, Nayomi (Diya Chalwad) who frequents Kabir’s pawn shop. This kid calls Kabir handsome and sometimes doubts if he is criminal, and that the pawn shop is his hideout from law’s eyes. This kid is the daughter of Anna who works in consortium with drug cartel lords, Kevin and Luke Ferreira. Anna steals a packet of heroine from a member of the drug lord and remains elusive until gets beleaguered by the goons of the drug lords. She is tortured under the witness of Nayomi but she doesn’t divulge anything. A forced abduction of both Nayomi and his mother takes place. In the meantime, three gangsters barge into Kabir’s pawn shop to retrieve the stolen heroine. Kabir kills one of the goons during (unseen) fight. His physical reflexivity barely goes unnoticed by the gangster, Atilla (Kazu Patrick Tang).  With the abduction of Nayomi, Kabir makes mission of his life to retrieve the kid from the clutch of drug lords and finally accomplishes his mission. In the meantime, there follows some deadly martial-art combats with the goons and Tang with John, which, I must say, is the watchability factor of the movie.

Rocky Handsome: Resemblances with The Man From Nowhere (in picture)

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How handsome is Rocky Handsome?

Even with resemblance from the Korean blockbuster, Rocky Handsome doesn’t mean to be altogether awful. If you spare the cinematic imitation, if you ignore ludicrous lovemaking scenes between John and Shruti (I really found no solid ground for their presence in the movie), and if you are die-hard fan of John and want to see him in real bone-crunching and gravity defying action in same replica of Force, then this movie is your treat.

What makes Rocky Handsome weird?

As told, I really found no solid grounds for the presence of Shruti and John’s lovemaking, especially how does it correlate with Kabir’s rescuing the girl? John lacks flawlessness in his acting, even though he has done decent action works.

What is the USP of Rocky Handsome?

Martial art choreography is, according to me, the USP or better say, watchabilty factor. The hand to hand combat between John and Tang and the way they fight with knives and use foot-works coupled with grappling and throwing is undoubtedly reminder of Pencak Silat. Fight choreography of such brute force (if you remember) was heavily used in Indonesian blockbuster, The Raid 2: Brandal.

Should you watch Rocky Handsome?

I recommend this movie as one time watchable. It will not make you feel bored. But if you are die-hard fan of the Korean masterpiece and hate its cinematic adoption in Bollywood version of such nugatory scale, then don’t go; you may get a nearly intractable irritation due to ‘what a crap-loaded garbage is this’ thought.

How is John as an actor?

I find John’s acting average in Rocky Handsome. However, he has certainly done pretty much great works on action and has brought it on the front-line of the movie. After Force, it was a deadpan delight to see him engaged in deadly duels.

Some tips before you watch Rocky Handsome:

  • If you have already watched The Man From Nowhere, forget you’ve watched it. Because you will not get the delight of watching Rocky Handsome if your mind is obsessed with the Korean film.
  • Do not be nitpicker. If you watch the movie from critical standpoint, you will not love it.
  • This movie is good treat for diehard fan of John, and those who are fan of his towering personality.

My personal note –

Kazu is a familiar face for me, as I have watched his Raging Phonix opposite Thailand sensation, JeeJa Yamin. He had cameo roles in many movies, including Bangkok Knockout.

At last, Rocky Handsome is neither good nor bad movie. Acton is good, which will hold your attention, though lousy storyline is a bit turn-off.

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