Ek tha Tiger is one of those rare movies in which Salman does not try (or maybe tries and fails) to be himself. He plays a RAW agent who falls in love with an ISI agent and he takes himself very seriously indeed. Except for the songs where he does his trademarked 'hands fisted and legs twisted m'dance, for the rest of the movie he is awfully sincere. The fall out of this sincerity is that it takes us out of our comfort zone about him and leaves us a bit fuddled as to what to make of him in this movie.
The action is fast paced and there are some slick action scenes and moves especially by Katrina who shows how good she is at climbing in an exciting chase sequence. Essentially a love story, I felt the romance could have had more build up. Anyway, after they have established their undying passion,more sincerity follows and you seen none of the mischievous chemistry that he shared with Ayesha Takia in Wanted. Instead, what we get are knitted eyebrows and a pained, intense look. It's only in the last chase that you get the heart melting Salman smile. It's fortunate that it is in the end, because then thats what you take back with you and all is forgiven.
Verdict? Salman should play Salman,whether as a cop, a ruffian or doomed lover. Thats what the public wants and that's what they should get.I would not say its a bad film but it's not a great one either. Be Human Sallu, Be Yourself and we will love you forever.