The much more bizarre scene in Sriram Raghavan’s “Agent Vinod” occurs throughout a firefight at a dingy motel in Latvia, where the heroes are pursued by a swarm of criminals. Raghavan flips the scenario on its own head by shooting that almost completely in slow-mo as well as to the rhythm of a “Rabta” song, rather than shooting this like a typical fight sequence with lots of gunshots, smoke, as well as movement. It was one of those amazing moments that elevate “Agent Vinod” to new heights, only to then be shattered some few mins later by a lengthy, passionate, and improbable speech about just how Pakistan and India must work together just to combat terrorism.
The movie’s tone stays consistent through – the moments of brilliance do not even stack up to a terrific movie. Agent Vinod, an Indian intelligence analyst portrayed as Saif Ali Khan, is Raghavan’s hero. We first meet him in a quick scenario set inside the parched Pakistani desert, when he deftly avoids the hands of a platoon of soldiers. Raghavan hooks you right away, and the very first half of the book is a tangle of names, people, and arbitrary figures because nothing is as it appears.
It is just too nice to last, though. Part 2 meanders on unendingly, negating the point of a spy movie, and you’re just happy it is indeed through by the moment the end credits.
The individuals’ motives seem to be very simple, and sometimes even the protagonist is really not as intriguing as it had in the first half.
The movie has the usual error of attempting to explain it all to the audience, assuming their intellect and slowing it down the movie. Raghavan falls prey to many prejudices as well as reduces many circumstances, and also no degree of flair can compensate for this.
There are several scenes inside the movie that really are worth a view, such as the gunfire sequence I described before, and some of the languages are fantastic, parodying several common expressions.
“Agent Vinod” has become one of those movies which one wished was indeed a great deal better than it really is. The film has the chance to become a sleek and elegant thriller. I suggest seeing this at least once, but just don’t set your standards overly big.