Mr. X
imagesCast: Emraan Hashmi, Amyra Dastur, Arunoday Singh, Tanmay Bhatt
Direction: Vikram Bhatt
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes

Story: Raghuram Rathod (Emraan Hashmi) is the Anti Terrorist Department’s (ATD) best cop, who is in love with his colleague Siya (Amyra Dastur). On the day of his final assignment before marriage, he is charged with treason and the murder of the Chief Minister. Surviving a factory explosion, he returns as the invisible Mr. X.

Review: Mr. X is watchable and engaging but shows spark in parts. It has a solid story in place, but the sharp twists fail to maintain the consistency of the drama. However, what works in this film is its intention to deliver something different.

The concept of an invisible vigilante hero was done best in the Anil Kapoor starrer Mr. India. Vikram Bhatt adopts the same tone and Indianises the story with an element of spunk. In times of staple commercial films, his movie has a unique thinking behind it. Its USP is the unpredictability of Siya’s character that keeps the story taut. The build-up for the climax is fascinating and it latches your attention.

But the story of an aggrieved cop fails to gather unanimous connect because it never soars above being a single man’s desire to take revenge. The film’s science-fiction value, too, is never fully explored. What chemicals cause Raghu’s skin to char so dramatically? What is the magic potion that regenerates his cells from scratch? The riddle behind what went into Raghu’s transformation into Mr X remains unanswered.

Hashmi, however, attempts to bring a heartfelt earnestness to his character. He shares a warm chemistry with Amyra, who has a lot better screen presence since her last film Issaq. Arunoday Singh is suavely dangerous but his character lacks depth.

The film’s VFX could’ve been far better and looks shabby in places. The scenes where Mr X is sparsely visible, are the ones in which its poor quality is noticeable. The 3D effect does help its visual appeal.

Despite flaws, in its 133 minutes of runtime, Bhatt churns out a quasi-gratifying film, which has all the necessary commercial ingredients – from romance to good music to thunderous action sequences.