Review: Balakrishna's 'Lion'

Review: Balakrishna's 'Lion'

Source: General

By: Sify

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Thursday 14 May 2015

Movie Title

Review: Balakrishna's 'Lion'


Jon Favreau

Star Cast

Donal Glover, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Beyonce, James Earl Jones

Balakrishna's 98th film is Lion. After the stupendous success of Legend lastyear, he has come up with another mass masala movie. Though Lion isdesigned by new director Satyadev to suit the tastes of Balakrishna's massivefanbase, the film fails to create even half the impact that Legend generated.

Lion is a mix of several Hollywood action thrillers. The basic plot is taken from LiamNeeson starrer 2011 movie, Unknown. And the scenes in the movie are copiedfrom various Hollywood hits like Bourne Identity, Walking Tall, etc. Despitetaking the best scenes of several hit movies from Hollywood, the directorhas failed to narrate this flick engrossingly.

Balakrishna's fiery performance, some punch dialogues and the glamour of twoheroines are positive aspects of the movie.

The movie is about a sincere CBI officer. Bose (Balakrishna) is appointed asinvestigative officer for the ex-chief minister's murder. Bose gets to know the realcause of the murder. The current Chief Minister (Prakash Raj) hatches a plan toprevent Bose from investigating the case further. Bose gets injured severely andgoes into coma for months. When he recovers from coma, he comes to knowthat he has another identity. Rest of the drama follows unearthing of whathappened to him.

It is a cakewalk for Balakrishna to don two different characters or getups.Balakrishna's performance, dialogues and scenes of his confrontation withPrakash Raj are the best part. Trisha has limited role and her romance withBalakrishna is not convincing. Radhika Apte is okay. Prakash Raj has done justiceto his role. There are host of actors but they hardly make any impact.

Manisharma's songs are nothing to talk about but his background score isdecent. Cinematography is one of the better aspects of the movie. Excessiveaction sequences are not clap worthy.

Dialogue is aimed at mass audiences and fans of Balakrishna and they are good.But the new director Satyadev's directorial skills leave a lot to be desired. After afairly interesting first half, his screenplay lacks fizz post interval.

Overall, the film is a typical cliched mass flick with nothing new to rave about.

Verdict: Balakrishna's show all the way.

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