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Posted: 22 December 2011 at 9:45am | IP Logged
PC looks very stylish...very urban. ..I am disappointed with her acting not looks, something is missing considering the fact her skill level. she is a great actress not only  a glam doll like other 90% bolly actresses in recent times. I hardly notices looks:P

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Posted: 22 December 2011 at 9:47am | IP Logged
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Theater was 80% full, (usa)and wom is positive..
It already released in the US?


AMC special preview..every state had it today I guess.

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Originally posted by mysticgoryfilms

Originally posted by Salma2

Theater was 80% full, (usa)and wom is positive..
It already released in the US?
It released in Canada yesterday but very limited shows. Smile
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Posted: 22 December 2011 at 9:52am | IP Logged
Originally posted by you2

another user review..his opinion,but counts..(warning..too many spoilersOuch)

DON 2

Cast:  Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani,Om Puri

Directed  by Farhan Akhtar

Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy


It was back in 2006 that Farhan Akhtar came up with a remake for the Amitabh hit, Don, which according to me, was just a gimmick to sell off a climax which Akhtar Jr. presumed to be a smart one. Not many agreed with Farhan back then, but everyone did seem keen to have the director and his star Shahrukh back for a Don sequel to set things right.

Don 2, therefore, is not only a much anticipated sequel, but also a film which many would believe would be the perfect Xmas gift to an industry that is still waiting for that big hit that would please the fans and the critics alike.

The story picks up nearly five years after the events of the earlier film, where the dreaded 'Don' (Shahrukh Khan) finds himself in a tricky position. Not only is he still on the 'Most Wanted' List of the international police, he is also put up on the 'Want Him Dead' list by the rest of the mafia cartels as well. So our man decides that he needs to scheme out a plan, just enough to get rid of both these problems, and be rich (and also something that would make audiences interested in a sequel)!

So Farhan Akhtar inserts the character of Don into a bank heist scenario. Don decides to infiltrate a top bank in Germany and for this he manages to assemble a team which includes his old foe Vardhan (Boman Irani), his kitty bombshell Ayesha (Lara Dutta), a system hacker Sameer  (Kunal Kapoor), and a bunch of goons headed by Jabbar (Nawwab Shah).

Let  the mission begin. And the mission gets interesting because hot on their heels are the cops fromIndia' 'junglee billi' Roma (Priyanka Chopra), her doting colleague Arjun (Sahil Shroff) and the now retired Inspector Malick (Om Puri).

Hence Farhan, who goes about essentially making a sequel about a mafia king on the run, is content to settle in for a standard bank heist thriller, eventually over cooking it to the point of a hostage action. This genre defying stunt is not always a bad thing, if handled deftly. However Akhtar fails to do that with this sequel.

Neither the writers (the trio of Farhan Akhtar, Ameet Mehta, Amrish Shah) nor the viewers are sure as to what to make of the title character. Blurring the lines of the protagonist and the antagonist, we have to root for a narcissistic bad boy. Except for the fact that it is played by the popular King Khan, there ain't much redeeming qualities about the man. We are asked to accept that he is the best because he keeps talking and singing praises of his every move, his every tactic, his every thought!

Don's so-called brilliant plans include getting his rival out of prison to retrieve a hidden key, which would eventually enable him to blackmail a leading bank official. This would further assist him in getting the details of an object that he intends to steal from the bank, only to blast his way through with the help of his team, with bombs, guns and detonators. All this, after sneaking into the bank using hi-tech hacking techniques. Does it all make sense? Probably not, but you don't ask questions to the Don ' for is not he the man with the plan?

Farhan Akhtar uses techniques and gadgets used and abused by the Bonds and Ethan Hunts of the celluloid. While they have gone about raising the bar with each installment, Farhan Akhtar and SRK seem to be still trying to catch up with them. So essentially everything that Bollywood tries to do with Don, Hollywoodhas already done that. But we still try, and the audience has to give in to that. So even if they pull in a face mask stunt (to insert a top star cameo), we are not to raise our reservations on how they got the voice and physical attributes to change as well, right? I thought so too!

We could do away with logic if it was meant to be a fun ride. But unfortunately they do not play it out on that tone either. Things are seriously and blandly played out for most of the first half, and never do we think that Don is any Danny Ocean having fun while he pulls off a near impossible heist. Instead, we are limited to some one-liners from Khan which he presumes is witty.

The second half does get interesting when you realize that that there are going to be glitches in the plan. However the cops step in, and you realize that Akhtar is just tactically dragging us with one excuse or the other, to the inevasible climax (much like the original). If only it was smart as he think it is!

The humour here is unintentional, and you get plenty of that in the second half. The cops in the film takes centre stage to blurt out absurd dialogues one after that other. Some of the ones that Om Puri and Priyanka deliver would have you chuckling away. You also  get this feeling that Farhan Akhtar was busy holidaying somewhere in Spain every time Priyanka steps in with her lame 'kick ass cop' act.

The film obviously works on how much of Shahrukh one can endure. You do realize that there is no attempt at getting into the skin of any character here. Shahrukh would go about hamming away, grinding his teeth, pulling off a swaggering walk while seemingly sneering away at his own punch dialogues. He seems content doing it all, even pit stopping for a romantic lover boy act amidst blazing guns, as if throwing in a combo offer for his female fans. How sweet!

Looking at how Priyanka has handled the character of Roma, you know why the cops are unable to track down a criminal like Don over the years. She plays it like a rookie college dropout rather than the chief investigating officer that she is supposed to be. Boman Irani and Om Puri, despite being bundles of talents, are made to play out caricatures. Kunal is just about ok , whereas Lara Dutta manages to impress in the little scenes that she gets to chew on. Sadly, the writers were unable to find a fitting slot for her in the script.

Farhan Akhtar is undoubtedly a fine director if you go by his works in his debut Dil Chahta Hai and his follow up Lakshya. However he seems wanting when it comes to the action genre and it clearly is highlighted in the Don original and in this sequel too. Focusing on a slick treatment, the film lacks any emotional core, and ends up a hollow but impressive looking assignment. With the entire Germany at his disposal, cinematography from Jason West (Rock on) is noteworthy, gloss and gleam intact. And as for action sequences, effort has been made to make them stand out from the rest of them. It is a different matter though that there is a mechanical feel to the way it is staged out. The music does not have much of a role to play, and thankfully, the narration does not stop for songs.

Don 2, ultimately, is a disappointment because despite the workings of a top notch action thriller, the script fails to live it up. Moreover, it is unfortunate to see a director like Farhan Akhtar settling in for a safe way out. Though I would not go to the extent of saying Don't to Don 2, it is advisable to keep your expectations low ' pretty low!

Rating:  2.5  / 5

-Joxily John

http://madaboutmoviez.com/2011/12/22/don-2-the-king-is-back-movie-review/




The way he bashes it, he should have not given 2.5..Confused person.LOL



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Posted: 22 December 2011 at 9:56am | IP Logged
why are ppl giving away spoilers Silly
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Posted: 22 December 2011 at 9:56am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Salma2

PC looks very stylish...very urban. ..I am disappointed with her acting not looks, something is missing considering the fact her skill level. she is a great actress not only  a glam doll like other 90% bolly actresses in recent times. I hardly notices looks:P


How hard can the role be...she has done the same in Don right?..

Toxins injected into the face causes sort of paresthesis of the muscles ..numbness..can affect a performance..

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Posted: 22 December 2011 at 9:58am | IP Logged

wow finally positive wom for SRK mov cant wait to watch t this weekndBig smile

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Default D O N 2 : xclusive movie review

The king is back! and Don 2 is the proof
Contain stong spoilers, read at your own risks!!!

Movie start in French Riveria where some Underworld drug dealers are planning to kill Don because they think that he is posing a threat to their business! at the same time, in Thailand, Don is doing his business of drug dealing! this is an intense action scene very well shot and executed! amazing effect!
Don came to know that some people are tying to kill him, he decide to surrender to the police! he was sent to the Malaysian Jail where he met Vardhan! They plan to evade from there and again this is a very interesting sequence! Once evaded, they went to Zurich! they then travelled to Berlin to attack and blackmail the Vise-president of the Bank! They want to steal money printing plates!

In the only first half, the movie was shot in 5 different countries! France, Thailand, Malaysia, Switzerland and Germany! Beautiful shots were taken there by the cinematographer! excellent work by him!

Farhan deal with this movie very skillfully! This one is much at a faster pace than the first Don! The story is magnificent and simple! very well executed farhan deserve all the accolade to take the Don story forward

Songs are ok! only 2 sonfs int he movie : zara dil ko tham le and Hai yeh maya! both very well placed in the movie! Background score is good but not at par with an action movie!

Action scenes are "epoustouflant"! Intense, hardcore action scenes will bring cinema halls down! Thumbs up to the last scene where Roma fight against the man! It was a very interesting scene

SRK is excellent as Don! i think there is no one who can do this role better than him! the attitude, the look, the expression, the physic are Amazingly, superbly, magnificently WoW! he can do magic onscreen without doing any effort but in Don, he made lots of efforts and yes you can imagine how excellent he was!

Boman come next to SRK! he is excellent as the Villain of the movie

Priyanka is useful only in the climax

Lara is beautiful and she utilises her look to give values to her perfomance

Kunal Kapoor is good! and his scenes with SRK is too good! he match up easily against SRK

* special mention to the dialogue writer! some Dialogues are out of this world! pure talent!

Some excellent scene
The intro of Don in the Thailand scene
The surrendering of Don to the police and his conversations with Priyanka and Om Puri
The execution of the plan to escape the jail
The Don waltz : Beautiful scene by Hritik! Absolutely amazing this scene! it was nice to see Hritikh and SRK in the same body :P watch if and you will know why
the Al Jabbar scene before the intermission
The second half is more interesting than the first halt though! too many twists and suspense in the movie

Overall, Don2 is a movie for the intelligent people! We must use your mind to figure out what is happening in the film! With superb perfomance from Srk, it can be rightly said that the True King is Back and Im sure it will make the BO explode!

I watched it in 2D, will watch it in 3D on saturday

My rating : 4.5 *
Must watch! Hardcore masala and action movie! strongly recommended!
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