The Attacks Of 26/11 Movie Review-In Short: The film shows what actually happened on the night of 26 November, when a team of armed men wreaked havoc in the city.
The Attacks Of 26/11 Movie Review-Verdict: Though the horrific incident is still fresh in public memory and could have been the recipe for a taut thriller, Ram Gopal Varma ends up disappointing his fans.
The Attacks Of 26/11 Movie Review-Story Plot: The story starts off with an enquiry commission set up to find out what actually happened on the fateful night of November 26. Joint Commissioner Rakesh Maria (Nana Patekar) tells the commission board about the sequence of events and takes them on a journey of hate, courage, sacrifice and the inimitable Mumbai spirit.
The Attacks Of 26/11 Movie Review-Performances: Nana Patekar, who is usually a delight to watch, lets us down big time. With his slow dialogue delivery (something we are not used to) and his extra-long dramatic pauses, the veteran actor seems to be on a mission to put you to sleep. On his part, Sanjeev Jaiswal, who plays Ajmal Kasab, tends to ham and his snarls and scowls seem fake. Jaiswal might resemble Kasab, but that's about as good as it gets. Atul Kulkarni and Ganesh Yadav have very short roles.
The Attacks Of 26/11 Movie Review-Direction: Known for his penchant for crisp editing (Satya and Company come to mind), Ram Gopal Varma will take you by surprise with this movie. The film moves at a snail's pace (by the time the interval comes up, the attacks have just begun!). On one hand, the movie might get a good opening because people are curious to see how Varma has handled a subject, which is still fresh in public memory. However, on the other hand, the actual incident attracted so much media coverage that Varma is left with nothing new to show as such. Plus, the film seems incomplete as the director has only explored what happened at Leopolds, the CST railway station, Cama Hospital and the Taj Hotel at Apollo Bunder, completely ignoring the Nariman House episode, the Trident siege, the NSG operations and the rest. On the bright side, Varma stays away from his 'rogue camera' work and pulls no punches when depicting the brutal bloodbath at CST and Leopolds.
The Attacks Of 26/11 Movie Review-Final Word: Though the film might send a shiver up your spine as the story is close to every Mumbaikar, the overall product could have been way better, we feel.