Based on early film reviews, I approached the 2014 action comedy Action Jackson worried that it would not be to my liking.
Fortunately, I found the film quite entertaining.
If you approach the film with an appreciation for the skills that director/choreographer Prabhu Deva and actor Ajay Devgn have each brought to their previous offerings, you most likely will enjoy Action Jackson.
Here are five reasons I enjoyed Action Jackson:
Prabhu Deva Style. If you enjoyed the films Pokkiri (2007), Wanted (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012) and R... Rajkumar (2013) you will most likely agree that this is a great addition to the Prabhu Deva-directed films. His broad masala action comedy style is clearly etched in each frame of this film. The camera and editing techniques are exactly what you expect to see in a Prabhu Deva film.
Ajay Devgn humor and determination. Whether he is taking down his foes or stepping into a situation that is over his head, Devgn seems to be enjoying himself. He does understated comedy well - which is what makes the comedy in Action Jackson even more humorous. In the action sequences, he is seems quite skilled handling a sword and has stated many times that he worked on his martial arts skills for the film. While there is quite a bit of behind-the-scenes "movie magic" to make the action sequences come to life, they couldn't have worked without Devgn's efforts.
Crazy storyline. While you may have seen elements in this story before, Prabhu Deva has made the plotline is a bit more convoluted and includes several surprises. The film may seem a bit disjointed at first, but have no fear - key information will be revealed in good time. The film hits you on many emotional levels - one minute you are laughing out loud and the next you are gasping at a sudden tragic twist in the story.
Dance moves for those who can't dance. While Ajay Devgn is a fine actor, his skills on the dance floor are not the highlight of his film performances. But Prabhu Deva leveraged the skills Devgn has, brought out the dance moves in his costars, added sufficient background dancers (including four Elvis impersonators) and managed to create some interesting item numbers. Deva even went so far as to have Devgn's character fight his foes to the beat of dance music. Deva and Devgn give the common dancer hope and joy through the simple, but fun, choreography.
- Interesting co-stars. The best friend Moosa (Kunaal Roy Kapur) provides the comic timing while the various women in the story - Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam, and Manasvi Mamgai as the crazy girlfriend wannabe - provide us with three distinct and unique female characters, each with an important role to play in the story. The gangsters are hard-core bad guys, a point made early on when you are initially introduced to them.
While Action Jackson may not be for everyone, it is definitely an entertainer that Prabhu Deva and Ajay Devgn fans will appreciate.
The following video playlist features the motion posters and the trailer for the film.