I went to the multiplex to watch this movie on the 6th day after its release, most of my hopes already dashed because of all the bad reviews people had given it. The movie started and I could see why such bad reviews were being given. But then after about 15 minutes, the movie became interesting. I wondered whether people dozed off after the first 15 minutes.
This is a movie about a game from which the villain (Ra.One) escapes and kills the game developer. It does not tell you in detail how the character escapes, but you get some idea of the same from the opening scene, though it would have been better if it had been explained in better detail. This is one area where the movie fails as it fails to justify why or how things are happening in the movie.
There are many positive points and moments in the movie. Post the first 15 minutes, most of the movie is great and continues to be good till the last scene where Ra.One is killed by G.One. The end of Ra.One comes as a surprise, since it is abrupt. It again fails to justify that Ra.One was a great villain. Barring these 2 points in the movie, this is an exciting watch.
This is an entirely new concept for Indian cinema and thus it would be difficult for people to accept it at first. But with more movies coming in this genre I am sure this will only get better with better storytelling. The movie's main aim was to showcase the technical excellence achieved in India and it does that extremely well. The visual effects in the movie are superb. The acting of actors is good, direction is OK, camerawork is good and music is good. Overall the movie is certainly watchable, just don't sleep within the first 15 minutes of the movie.
Story - 4/5
Screenplay - 3/5
Dialogues - 3/5
Direction - 2.5/5
Action - 4/5
Visual FX - 4.5/5
Music - 4/5
Overall - 3.5/5