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  • ...gets so many things right by just keeping things simple and straightforward.

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  • ...the movie works perfectly as a neo-noir thriller set in a city where nothing goes according to plan. One moment has several scenarios in Monsoon Shootout, but the outcome – smart writing and direction – remains the same throughout.

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  • Perhaps, this film makes for a one-time watch, if you are in the mood to indulge in a narrative that's not run-of-the-mill.

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  • ...has the sinews of a high-octane, action-packed Bollywood underworld tale. What defines it more significantly is its overly arty packaging. It turns the film into a stylish, if a touch laboured, piece of cinema.

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  • The film shines in its ability to make you question your loyalty. This is where the storytelling excels.

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  • ...although Kumar’s film is emotionally wanting, it is technically accomplished and skilfully engaging.

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  • The scenario might be new but the set-up and visuals we’ve seen before – the mean streets of Mumbai, killers, cops, slumlords, brothels, blood.    

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  • ...what could’ve been a thrilling masterpiece remains an artsy thriller in search of a better plot.

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  • If only Monsoon Shootout was as consistent throughout.

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  • It’s this Sliding Doors kind of broader structuring, the moody, monsoon-night noirish setting and the brooding air that make the film marginally engaging.

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  • Here’s a story with wasted potential, one that could have been more effective with tighter writing and clever twists.

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  • ...was a little too low-key for my taste — it isn’t quite as existential as I’d have liked, and the butter-smooth filmmaking could have used more rough edges. But there’s still a lot of skill on display, not least from Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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  • Four years has been an unfairly long wait for mainstream Indian theatre-goers, but our reward is a nicely engaging film with several morally compelling questions at its core.

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  • ...there's little intensity as it all seems constructed and trite. Also to be pinned for this half-baked product would be the film's editing which is embarrassingly choppy—not in an indie way—but like the-editor-dozed-off-on-the-keyboard way.

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  • ...is a bafflingly juggled version of Run Lola Run with the raw, edgy and elements of ultra violence inspired from the videshi Taratino to our desi flag bearer of radical cinema Kashyap, Bhardwaj packed in gritty, hip and gory envelope which clearly exposes the director Amit Kumar’s over ambition to be a cool, arty, dark de noir worshipper.

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  • Had director Kumar given his characters more time and writer Varma fleshed them out Monsoon Shootout would have been a wonderful cinematic experience.

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  • A clichéd portrayal of the gangster and crime world is another major roadblock hindering the film from becoming a masterpiece.

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  • The film is tedious and boring.

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