A remake of a 2010 South Korean thriller, Rocky Handsome delivers nothing that adds new value to the retelling.
This tale of a surly protagonist who takes on an entire army of gangsters to rescue a kidnapped eight-year-old girl is over-dependent on graphic violence for effect.
Director Nishikant Kamat transports the crime drama to Goa. But this Goa is not the salubrious land of fun and froth that mainstream Hindi cinema usually conjures up, but an area of extreme darkness infested with ruthless gangsters, drug dealers and child traffickers.
Co-producer and lead actor John Abraham gives the titular role all he has. But in the absence of genuine emotional traction, Rocky Handsome struggles in vain to break away from its derivative rut.
The film is literally more body than soul. Its focus is entirely on Abraham s chiselled muscular frame. Everything else, including the pivotal character s inner anguish, takes a backseat.
The film is shot exceptionally well by cinematographer Shanker Raman. Rocky Handsome is also expertly edited by Aarif Shaikh.