I’m having a difficult time figuring out how to describe Dhoom 2. I have such a disparate readership that I feel I’m constantly explaining or defending my hobbies and interests. If I want to describe a Hong Kong action flick or amazing anime series, I feel a need to lay the groundwork necessary for a
Applying standard Western movie values to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Indian films results in a fractured lens. Foreign cinema values different things.
So. Rather than defend or apologize for it, I’m just going to describe Dhoom 2.
It’s a Bollywood special effects cop film. It’s got shootouts, intense
The filmmakers shot the action sequences as
The musical numbers exist as all good musical numbers should: to reveal character and/or be visually spectacular. The opening credits sequence features the villain singing and dancing to a Stomp-like, nearly synthpop piece of music, surrounded by urban dancers. It’s a music video.
The acting is common for Asian cinema; some
And my love for Dhoom 2 lies right there. Two scenes. One involves playful dialogue between a man and a woman on a basketball court in the rain. Subtle
The other involves the same characters, with a gun between them. Guns appear throughout the film; a lot of bullets fly. But when it’s pulled out for this scene, the gun has immediate weight and terror. This is a killing machine. And its entrance into the scene begins a wonderfully, horrifically intense sequence.
When I finished watching Dhoom 2, I gave it five stars on NetFlix.