Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Zeeshan Ayyub
Based on Hussain Zaidi’s book Mumbai Avengers, Phantom takes us through the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. Tainted army officer Daniyal Khan (Saif) decides to go all out to nab the perpetrators of this heinous crime to win back his honour. He is later joined by Nawaz Mistry (Kaif), an American security agent. The duo takes off from the streets of Beirut to Chicago, London, via Syria and then Mumbai for their operation. A cocktail of Ek Tha Tiger, D-Day and Mission Impossible, and unfortunately has nothing much to offer in the acting or even directing department.
— Team Indulge
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Cast: Owen Wilson, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, Pierce Brosnan
Jack Dwyer (Wilson) moves to a South East Asian country with his family to work for an American corporation. But his arrival at the hotel is marked by chaos and a coup, thanks to Dwyer’s new firm privatising the region’s water supply for profit. And he must find a way to stop it. While it seems an interesting plot, it has taken anti-Asian racism a bit too far, and is receiving criticism for it. Acting is lost in the action, the only positive of the film. — T I
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant
This spy thriller pans out during the height of the Cold War. KGB Agent Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) has been entrusted with the responsibility to capture Gaby Teller (Vikander), daughter of a former Nazi scientist. But CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill) reaches Teller before Kuryakin could. Later, Solo and Teller both realise they need to team up as the latter’s father has been forced by a mysterious criminal organisation to make an atomic bomb. Vastly different from the television series it is based on, director Guy Ritchie’s version pales in comparison with flat humour and messy action. Even Hugh Grant can’t save this disaster. — T I