Players is supposed to be based on The Italian Job. I have not seen that one but can bet my last plunging Rupee that it does not have thieves who give an excuse of setting up an orphanage to rob huge amounts of gold. It is this obstinacy of so many mainstream film makers to stick so closely to the formula that it makes a travesty of even the best plot. A crime thriller based on a moralistic premise is doomed from the start.
There is a huge sum of gold being transported from Russia to Romania which a bunch of players try to steal, lead by an ex con who is retired from crime but wants to build that orphanage so that other kids dont take to a life of crime Yuck. Anyway, they pull off the heist and then one of them turns around, kills a few of the team mates, thinks he has killed all of them and runs off with the gold. Of course the rest are not dead and they plot a revenge to get the gold back with the help of the daughter of the retired gangster (who is also killed). Mind you, she is doing it not for the gold but to avenge her dads death. All this makes up the post interval part of the film.
A thriller I think by definition is fast paced, nail biting suspense. Here I was nodding off in my chair bored with the stupid item songs, the needless emotional scenes and the downright amateurish gadgets and schemes. If the only time I perked up was during a Johny Lever scene then you know what I am talking about.
The other thing wrong is that none of the players seem to use their core competencies in which they are supposed to be world class. Omi is a make up guy who only makes one prosthetic, Bips is a thief who does not steal anything important and the one thing that Bobby is supposed to do he almost botches up. I guess the Dada who assembled the team must have been senile or something when he chose them.
Abhishek adds some sophistication to his role but cant do much. Neil Nitin Mukesh as the villain is pretty cool, Omi is cute, Sikandar Kher competent (though why his character has to be deaf beats me, since it neither hinders nor helps him in his role) thank God Bobby Deol dies pre interval, Bips has upped the hotness quotient to make John fry in Jealousy and Regret Hell and I wish Sonams character had not been invented. She cannot act, has no screen presence and does not even look halfway pretty.
I would urge you to stay away from this movie whole-heartedly. Unless you are an insomniac and need something to help you catch a long nap