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Reviewer's Summary - Awful
Year: July 21, 2006 in the U.S.
Actors: Emraan Hashmi, Irrfan Khan, Nisha Kothari
Director: Hasnain S Hyderabadwala, Raksha Mistry
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
Music: Sajid Wajid
Killer is an awful copy of an awesome Hollywood thriller Collateral (2004) starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise.
To call Killer awful would be too charitable. This Bollywood film is all lows and no highs.
If you haven't seen Collateral, Killer might even strike you as an unconventional Bollywood film. But if, like us, you have seen the edge-of-the-seat Hollywood film, Killer will come across as a distasteful piece of work.
Like Collateral, Killer is the story of a cab driver and a hit man who hires a car for a full night and forces the cabbie to drive him from one hit to another.
As the cab driver Max, Jamie Foxx dazzled us with his extraordinary passion and superb dialogs.
Killer's biggest disappointment is Emran Hashmi's totally inadequate performance as the cab driver Nikhil Joshi. Emran just fails to bring the verve and explosive energy that Jamie Foxx brought to his role in Collateral.
While Collateral is set in Los Angeles, in Killer all the action happens in Dubai.
The final 20 minutes or so in Collateral when Tom Cruise goes to kill his last victim - the female prosecutor (who was earlier in the evening a passenger in Jamie Foxx' cab) - was riveting. We found the last 20 minutes in Killer to be
distressing. The ending, particularly.
Jamie Foxx' metamorphosis from a scared, cowering, average cab driver into a possessed soul determined to thwart Tom Cruise from killing the prosecutor was sheer pleasure to watch. Emran Hashmi's metamorphosis was sheer torture to behold.
Irfaan Khan throws in a much better performance as the cold-blooded contract killer Vikram as he goes around Dubai knocking off witnesses scheduled to testify against Mafia don Jabbar.
Nisha Kothari has a limited role but is all right as the voluptous nightclub crooner Rhea.
Yet again, Killer proves the poverty of ideas plaguing Bollywood.
Collateral was a fine thriller. Killer is a total stinker. - Copyright SearchIndia.com.