After "Kabul Express", Director Kabir Khan again chose the topic of innocent people being tortured by the American forces. Last time it was the army and air force, and this time, it's FBI. But make no mistake, "Kabul Express" and "New York" are different in approach and concept.
New York is a movie depicting the shock of being a Muslim in the US, particularly in New York during the time of the World Trade Center air-bombing on 11th September 2001, popularly called the 9/11 attack.. John Abraham plays the victim of such discrimination and Neil Nitin Mukesh has an almost similar role, only difference being that he was tortured 7 years after the incident. Katrina Kaif's character is a typical hindi film heroine character, supporting the hero.
The movie as a whole had an emotional appeal. Technically
speaking, the story left a few gaps in places. Music, which was good, seemed to
be the only link between the gaps. As for editing, there were too many slow
motions and some places things seemed abrupt. The cinematography department did
not have anything new to offer. In fact, in some places, especially the close
shots, the camera
movements were shaky. This obviously made me think that Kabir hadn't forgotten
the documentaries he had shot while as a reporter in
The scenes in the movie highly reminded me of what I've seen earlier. John's first scene saw him doing a Shah Rukh Khan (in Main Hoon Na) in the New York State University campus racing with a guy to pull the string of the American flag on the roof, although this time there was no near casualties. The pub scenes looked highly inspired by Karan Johar's Kal Ho Na Ho. John doing the building stunt reminded me of Hrithik in Lakshya. And Irrfan interrogating Neil was, well, let's just say he has been doing the FBI-slash-Police-Detective-slash-Inspector routine for quite some films now, notably Slumdog Millionaire, A Mighty Heart etc.
Hence, the movie is not a college romance, nor is it an intense fast action thriller. It is a mixture of both. It's predictable and yet, you wouldn't still be ready to sleep while watching the film. It has it's moments of laughter and excitement although sparingly.
So, if you go to watch the movie, that is if you really have a thing for Katrina or John or Neil, then, you should have your popcorn in the first half, €˜cause the second half becomes intense and you might choke.
On the whole MovieRating: 6/10