It has been a season for action movies. In the last few weeks, I've watched Sherlock Holmes, Don 2, Mission Impossible 4, and now yesterday, Players. Worst of the lot.
I haven't seen Italian Job, which I don't think matters as much in this case because I am not here to do a comparison (which even if I were to, I am sure I know which of the two would be better). The film is 3 hours LONG and based on not one, but two robberies. The first robbery is from the Russians. The team of Players head to Russia, and successfully plan and rob the Russians of their precious gold only to be be betrayed by one of their own. The second robbery is from the player who betrayed the team. The team follows him to New Zealand and boldly steal the bullion from him in 48 hours. So long and boring that I am having trouble trying to narrate the story.
The first half was unnecessary. It could have been summed in exactly 5 minutes or as flashbacks throughout the film. It's painful to sit through two very badly planned robberies and the film itself is full of flaws. One of the players is introduced as deaf but throughout the film his hearing magically seems to come back to him. Tons of other minor flaws which make the film annoying to sit through. The biggest flaw in the whole movie however was the casting. I can't say that any of the actors did their part well. Sonam Kapoor can't shed a tear to save her life, or her dying father's in the film. Abhishek Bachchan needs to give up these action, cool dude roles. His name is Charlie and within the first 10 minutes of the movie, he is in front of 3 women all wearing Charlies Angel's cropped shirts. I almost barfed. Then Bobby Deol, Neil Nithin, Bipasha, all failed to impress.
I'm still angry about my evening going to waste watching Players for 3 hours when I could have been out playing myself. The story could have easily been summed up in half the time making the film more enjoyable.