Reviewer rating of Wild Dog movie: 3/5 stars (three stars)
Featured actors: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Sayami Kher, Mayank Parekh, Atul Kulkarni, Dia Mirza and the ensemble.
Director: Ahishor Solomon
What is good: the film keeps its promises. Nagarjuna manages to evolve and continues to be the best of his generation.
What is bad: that it does not go beyond what we have already seen.
Loo break: the movie has chills and flourishes every 10 minutes. While this is intriguing to a point, it is also starting to get jarring. Take breaks accordingly.
Watch or not ?: this time it’s all up to you. If you are a Nagarjuna fan, you don’t even have a reason not to watch the movie. But if you’re expecting Wild Dog to have something different to offer, you’ll be a little disheartened.
Inspired by a real-life incident, Wild Dog tells the story of NIA officer Vijay Varma (Akkineni), who has the status of being ruthless to criminals. An explosion occurs and it turns out that the brain is the same behind several previous explosions and needs to be stopped. Begins a coup that travels through various cities and even countries to search for him and bring him to India.
Wild Dog Movie Review: Script Analysis
I said it in my review of The Priest and I’ll say it again here as well. It’s a huge challenge to have a superstar headlining your movie and not make it your show in the end. Wild Dog succeeds in this 50 percent. The best part and maybe also one thing that makes him weaker is the fact that writer-director Ahishor Solomon and the writing team Kiran Kumar and Priya Ranjan Panigrahi stick to their source material.
The film is inspired by a real event, where a team of NIA officers managed to arrest a wanted terrorist in Nepal and bring him back to India. Wild Dog with its cast, manages to tell this story seriously. It takes inspiration from the movies and web shows that came before it and manages to create an intriguing storyline. You even start to root for it. Because if Nagarjuna and his celebrity follow the film, the expected realism is not thrown out the window.
The setup is believable, and that’s a laudable thing compared to what we used to watch in Telugu movies a few years ago. Now, of course, there is suspense surrounding the main antagonist Khalid. While this is a cinematic device for creating a plot, it doesn’t seem unnecessary.
What did I mean when I said what benefits the film is also what pulls it down? There are plot twists to get you to the edge of your seats every 15 minutes or 10 maybe. It’s fun to a point, but a post that becomes staple and unknowingly destroys the experience that the climax sequence is trying to create. We’ve seen so much of it already that the result doesn’t turn me on as it should.
That won’t stop me from enjoying the subtle climax of the film. There is enough fight footage, but the climax is smart.
Wild Dog Movie Review: Star Performances:
It’s a Nagarjuna show but with logic. The fittest if the veteran South star, the actor begins to spread his charm right off the bat. He manages to kick baddies, fire guns without looking immature, and make it all believable. What stops you a bit is the manufacturers showing him a father to a teenage girl. It’s too much of a suspension of disbelief expected from a viewer.
The supporting cast has a powerful Sayami Kher, who manages to grab his star spotlight and looks convincing. But she, Mayank Parekh, and others are one-note characters. In the wave of giving Akkineni full attention, writers forget to give their supporting stories. No one has them, so we don’t emotionally connect with any of them.
Bilal Hossein plays Khalid, the antagonist. He has the best idea of who he is. But ends up being the stereotypical Pakistani villain all of India’s film industries have collectively fed like vultures now. Remember the antagonist of The Family Man, or Special Ops, they didn’t have time for any speeches, but they were terrible. Take clues.
Wild Dog movie review: direction, music
Ahishor Solomon, in his direction, manages to create an impact where action and rapid movements are involved. He creates a world of undercover agents among civilians quite credibly. What he doesn’t do is give them emotions. Now, I’m not asking for a love story, or a romantic song in between all the rushes. All I wanted was for the characters to have layers, which in turn evoke emotions.
The best decision involved in creating Wild Dog is to have nothing on the songs. The movie doesn’t need it, and it’s a proper thing to do and do. S. Thaman manages to create a powerful background score that adds to the movie watching experience.
The decors, the places, the choice of landscapes and the atmosphere are perfect and visually appealing.
Wild Dog Movie Review: The Last Word
Wild Dog fails to get past the staple, and it’s inconvenient. He suffers from the curse of déjà vu, which cannot be ignored. In case this genre appeals to you, go for it, but not with expectations.
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Wild dog releases April 22, 2021 on Netflix India!
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