A lousy road film that veers off track

Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

Kannada (U/A)

Director: Anil Kumar

Cast: Sharan, Ashika Ranganath, Ravishankar, Chikkanna, Sadhu Kokila

Even as Karnataka finds itself in the middle of a highly entertaining political thriller, Sandalwood gets its own  in Rambo 2, starring Sharan and directed by Anil Kumar.

But is the movie intriguing enough to pull people away from their TV sets to the theatres?

Krish (Sharan) is an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha, who fulfills his every wish. Advised by his father at a very young age to enjoy variety in all walks of life (a theme highly irrelevant to the story), Krish puts forth his ultimate wish for a girlfriend.

When his wish is granted, he convinces Madhuri (Aashika Ranganath) to go with him on a jolly long ride.

So far, the plot, which feels like a normal love story replete with double entendre dialogues, takes a turn when a fight breaks out on the road with a man who is stalking and trying to hurt them.

What follows until the pre-climax is inspired by the 1971 road thriller Duel directed by Steven Spielberg, although it fails to create the intensity of the orginal and looks more like a diluted version of it.

The suspense regarding the identity of the assailant, that keeps both the characters as well as the audience guessing, is the only interesting part of Rambo 2.

The climax, which differs from Duel, introduces the attacker, and a backstory involving a joker (Ravishankar) who works in a circus company and his daughter.

A  wafer-thin plot, outrageous comedy by Chikkanna and Sadhu Kokila, several out-of-place songs and a forced item song, make the film unbearably long. The characters are stereotypical and the dialogues reek of misogyny.

Though a major portion of the film happens on road, events that follow are very ordinary and lack the intensity of a good road film. The camera satisfactorily captures car chases and the duel between the warring factions on road. Sharan’s acting will appeal to his fans.

Rambo 2 is neither entertaining nor does it go beyond entertainment, like Duel, to convey the fear of unknown assault. Had greater effort gone into making the plot more interesting with effective storytelling, and fewer crass jokes and unnecessary songs, Rambo 2 would have stood a tiny chance to be called a good film.

Guruprasad D N

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