CAST & CREW
Have you ever thought of seeing a Bollywood movie’s Hollywood remake? If yes, then here’s your chance. Vidhu Vinod Chopra makes his Hollywood directorial debut with his rather an awkward remake of 1989 movie ‘ Parinda’ describing the thrilling tale of two brothers with a disturbed past.
Set in the tradition of American Western, the story follows the tale of two brothers orphaned at a young age. Buddy, the older brother, naively believes the drug lord Julius Hench, who lies to him regarding the murder of their Sheriff father. Buddy kills the ‘so-called murderer’ and joins Hench becoming his right-hand man.
Jakey, the younger brother, is a violinist auditioning for the New York Philharmonic and on the verge of marrying his Italian girlfriend, returns to his hometown, near US-Mexico border. Returning to the town opens up some unhealed wound and both the brothers are forced to face some ugly truth. Hench suspecting that he might lose Buddy (his most efficient and easily manipulated killing machine) plan to kill Jakey.
Will both brother’s survive it?
Chopra perhaps wanted to add some western flavor to the old movie and in the process eliminated everything that was good about the film ‘Parinda’. Chopra has trouble setting the proper tone since the beginning, setting it in some vague period in some one horse town unable to bring the 80’s movie feel. The tale was overwrought, and the dialogues seemed flat. It’s proportions were way off lurching from gritty reality to near surreal. Though, Stern managed to pull it off with his classy work as usual, however, the finale special effects glaringly looked fake.
Marquette’s acting as the mentally impaired but violent Buddy was very unconvincing while Yelchin mostly seems to walk in daze, and it turns out D’Onofrio is no Nana Patekar either. Jakey’s former music teacher (Sean Patrick Flanery), now legless, wheels around his home in what appears to be a motorized desk chair looked absurd too.
All in all, it failed to create the magic that ‘Parinda’ created in the sets!
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