In Theaters: April 27th, 2012
Runtime: 2 hours 03 minutes (123 minutes)
One man is out to get back what was unjustly taken away from him... the other is willing to do whatever it takes to stop him in order to serve justice; both are pitted against each other...and both are pitted against time. Lives have already been destroyed and more lives are about to be devastated as a train speeding from Glasgow to London holds the fate of Aakash Rana (Ajay Devgn) and Counter Terrorism Command Arjun Khanna (Anil Kapoor), and only one of them will succeed. Stylishly shot across England with action sequences like none other, Tezz also features Kangna Ranaut, Boman Irani, Zayed Khan, Sameera Reddy and Mohanlal. The action has been directed by Gareth Milne and Peter Pedrero who have been involved in the stunts for films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Quantum of Solace and The Bourne Identity while the music has been scored by the hit duo Sajid-Wajid.
Riveting action movies are a rarity in Bollywood. Action movies that stand out come along once every few years. TEZZ, helmed by Priyadarshan, is one of them.The story of TEZZ is uncomplicated.TEZZ is a good looking thriller filmed with expertise. Loaded with an ingenious premise, thrilling moments and action, Priyadarshan has curved it into a tremendously well-executed motion picture. The film's sole objective is to keep moving at a feverish pace, keeping the spectator completely immersed and entertained with the on-screen occurrences. Sure, there are some unwarranted moments , but the pacing is so breakneck and the cinematography so superior that it's easy to overlook the few unreasonable moments. On the whole, TEZZ is a taut, entertaining action spectacle. Those with an appetite for well-made thrillers should lap it up!
Critic Score: 3.5/5
Anil Kapoor and Ajay Devgn may be sharp but with a blunt script and a blot for a plot, their performances couldn't save this highly explosive turkey from detonating. For a film that struggles and strives to look like a western product, its VFX is embarrassingly poor. When a film spends 40 crores to establish extremely high production values, it needs to be backed with a script that deserves it. The cinematography isn't particularly ingenious and the background score by Sandeep Chowta does little to lift the mood.
Critic Score: 1.5/5
The extent of his involvement on Tezz for one, hardly qualifies as anything more than mere 'filming', given that it's an unapologetic rip-off of the popular Japanese film, The Bullet Train. From leather jackets and trench coats to dark glasses and monkey caps…if only half the budget spent on the trendy wardrobe of the actors in this film had been utilized to hammer out a more sensible script, perhaps Tezz might have been a less stupid film. Tezz has many of the ingredients for an engaging, fast-paced thriller. What it needed was a director to assemble its parts and make them work. Alas, Priyadarshan is content with merely filming.I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for Tezz…awfully boring for a film that promises speed and thrills.
Critic Score: 1.5/5
In truth, the film is full of Hollywood-style car chases amidst a long-running game of cat and mouse between Anil Kapoor and Ajay Devgn. Tezz is fast and lives up to its title, but it is also its title that gives away its source -- Jan de Bont's 1994 thriller Speed. That was an excellent film and though Tezz may not be as good as that, it doesn't make too many demands on your time. And that's not such a bad thing at all.
Critic Score: 2.5/5
Despite slick action and stunning scenes - bullets ramming underwater into a sunlit stream, a violet flower-bush before a cop-car - Tezz loses speed often. Here's possibly why - director Priyadarshan's oeuvre is putting characters in desperate situations and watching them respond. It works beautifully in comedies - but Tezz needs relentless pushing, not frequent stops pondering over the unfairness of citizenship. You can't run fast carrying heavy baggage - that's why Tezz huffs and puffs a little too much.
Critic Score: 3/5
Upon watching 'Tezz', a dull and derivative film which is a mash-up of 'Speed' and a few assorted thrillers based on speeding objects meeting unmovable body parts,Kapoor is the cop who is put in charge of finding the bomber, and the bomb. He also tackles racist colleagues, and angry wives, and plays second fiddle to the main act. A fellow cop asks him : who do you think you are, Dirty Harry? Dream on.
Critic Score: 1.5/5
What's Good: Ajay Devgan and Anil Kapoor's performances; a few action sequences.
What's Bad: The ineffective drama in the first half; the lack of emotional connect between the characters in the film; the below-average visual effects.
Verdict: Tezz is an average entertainer at best.
Loo break: A couple, especially in the climax.
Watch or Not?: Watch if you want to see an Indian copy of many Hollywood train-bombing films.
Critic Score: 0/5