Saturday, July 26

Film: Mission Istaanbul Click for more info

Confused, muddled and to be frank pretty damned cheap, Mission Istaanbul shows that Bollywood still hasn't shaken off its ability to make a really really poor film.

It's almost as if they didn't even bother trying making anything good. The plot jumps around like its got ants in its pants and so fails to make any sense at all. The acting isn't too bad, but that's only because all on screen seem to know not to take any of it too seriously. The music is rubbish and the action poor - perhaps what they're showing is the stuff they cut out?

There are a few redeeming features though - the scenes aboard Air Force One (yes, that's right) are almost worth watching the whole film for, and there's an ace bit of totally unsubtle product placement that you really can't help but admire.

If you haven't figured it out yet, avoid this film at all costs. As an aside, I'll be reviewing Mission Istaanbul for the BBC Asian Network on Sunday morning's Love Bollywood show. I think I'll be on sometime after 10, full of enthusiasm, I'm sure.