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Dhoom Review

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A cop is assigned to catch a gang of biker thieves. Yep, it's that straightforward.

★★★★★

Clearly regarding itself as Bollywood's answer to The Fast And The Furious, director Gadhvi's latest marks a departure for studio Yash Raj. Sadly, it's not the good kind of departure, with the studio abandoning its usually innovative approach and replacing it with an anxious attempt to blind its audience with style.

Set on the mean streets of Mumbai, Dhoom sees Bachchan assigned the task of capturing a gang of biker thieves. Sounds simple enough, but Gadhvi carelessly fractures his narrative – it may be an attempt to spice things up, but causes disinterest rather than empathy.

He does at least reveal his skill in marshalling large ensembles, as is illustrated by the remarkable performances he draws from his cast. But that's not enough to distract from the fact that Dhoom is so preoccupied with trying to pump up its Hollywood-emulating action, it forgets to be fun.

Another film which falls into the classic trap of trying to beat Hollywood at it's own game instead of focusing on it's primary strength - cultural uniqueness.