‘Drive’ Movie Review: Sushant Singh Rajput & Jacqueline Fernandez’s high-speed robbery drama is Netflix’s WORST
Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Bollywood Bubble Rating
What’s It About:
Jacqueline Fernandez, Sapna Pabbi and Vikramjeet Virk are street race enthusiasts. They come together to form a gang that indulges in high profile robberies. Sushant Singh Rajput joins the team after winning over Jacqueline’s heart. But is he actually what he poses to be? Or is he a police informant? Or is he the actual ‘King’ whom Jacqueline and her gang are trying to impress by doing the robberies? Well, for all those answers you’ll have to watch the movie.
Sushant Singh Rajput probably just did this film because he didn’t want to upset Karan Johar. Whether or not his movies do well, his performance is always appreciated. He always manages to win hearts. Sadly, this movie isn’t that. He is pretty much trying to show off as a cool guy, which doesn’t actually go really well with his looks and persona. He could have chosen a better film to spend his time.
Who in their right minds would wear 4-inch stilettos and drive a high-speed car? The answer is Jacqueline Fernandez. She may be looking her hottest ever, but there are no brains behind this beauty’s performance in the movie. Apart from looking good, there is not even one thing in the movie where I could have appreciated her performance.
I never thought that I would ever see a movie where Pankaj Tripathi and Boman Irani manage to come up with pathetic performances. The two are trying to bring in some sense and a pinch of laughter to the plot, but sadly, the abrupt storyline just makes things worse and worse every frame.
Tarun Mansukhani, oh my god! Brother, as the writer-director of this film, you have just squandered a great opportunity. You brought in a fresh and really good-looking pairing of Sushant and Jacqueline but shitted all over the script and screenplay. As the writer-director, you are in a position to say ‘NO’ to things that shouldn’t have been put in the film. Sadly, you didn’t put in your foot down when needed. Looking at this, I feel there is a solid reason that Karan Johar didn’t greenlight your scripts for ‘Dostana 2′ and gave the directorial hat to Collin DCunha.
The worst of them all is the visual effects. How can you make a movie on street racing and pretty much shoot the entire street racing sequences on VFX? You need to at least have some real thrill to the scenes. When actors or their stunt doubles take the death-defying street-racing sequences, it looks real and rushes that adrenaline up audiences’ nerves. Sadly, with your VFX-laden street-race sequences, you’ve just made this film look like a video game. To be fair, even video games have better graphics than what we are dished out in ‘Drive’.
The songs are totally unnecessary and don’t take forward the story in any which way. How would you feel if we stopped the flow of the story in a ‘Fast & Furious’ film and added in a dance number? Sounds pathetic, right? Well, ‘Drive’ has managed to do that as well.
The locales of the film are nothing too enticing. Excepting a song which has been shot abroad, nothing else is pleasing to the eyes. When you’ve half your movie shot inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan, it would have been great to show that place with much more authenticity.
Finally, the climax is too confusing and when you actually get to know who ‘King’ is, you’ll be left pulling your hair out thinking what was the whole point of making the film then.
STRICTLY AVOID! Karan Johar, you’re a master of the business of movies, and you know which movies will work and which won’t. You took the absolute correct decision by making sure this movie doesn’t get a theatrical release so that you are not put through shame once again after the debacle of ‘Kalank’ and ‘Student Of The Year 2′. This movie is just an aggravation to the pain you must be suffering. ‘Drive’ is not even worth enjoying for free on Netflix. I am going with a half-star just for the fact that this movie is available on Netflix to stream.
Considering this film has been released on Netflix, the producers have already got their money back. However, Netflix, who bought out this film for some good amount of money, might lose a lot of loyal patrons after seeing this film.