Friday, June 28, 2013

The Heat

Rating : 3/10
Release Date : 28th June, 2013
Time : 117 minutes
Director : Paul Feig; Writer : Katie Dippold; Music : Michael Andrews
Starring : Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Spoken Reasons, Michael Rapaport, Marlon Wayans, Dan Bakkedahl, Taran Killam, Michael McDonald

2 women. Both law enforcement, one FBI, the other a Boston cop. Both loners. Don’t get along at all. Are forced to pair up in search for a drug lord. Oooohhh…the suspense is killing me, wonder how this one will turn out ?!

One of the issues is that it tries too hard to be a ‘womans film’. So words like ‘Areola’, ‘Clitoris’ and ‘Vagina’ are thrown around ina vain effort to be cool. The woman vs male card is played. The jokes are weak and mostly fall flat. And all the characters – whether the lead pair or the boss or the villain – everyone is weak, inconsistent and after a point, hard to fathom and so you lose interest.

For no one is this more true than the very dessicated looking, pinch-faced Sandra Bullock. She’s supposed to be FBI, one of their best performers but heck – she cringes with fear when intimidated by the bigger Melissa, she is unable to interrogate a witness (goes strictly by the manual, you see) and makes at least ten errors which most rookie cops would know better (not calling for back-up, needing to plant a bug in someones phone when just a wire tap would’ve been fine etc). Melissa has a more interesting role, she has a family who hates her, her colleagues are scared of her and she dumps boyfriends more often than she discards her sandwiches…but after a while its just monotonous, nothing new and their bonding / sisterhood / her fashion tips are just fake and forced.

Also the scene of the guy choking in the restaurant is so bad, tasteless, has to rank right up there amongst the top 100 worst scenes in movies !

If ever there was an advertisement on why not to join the FBI, this could be it. I missed the sweetness and spontaneity Sandra brought to some of her previous roles – everything is very forced and in playing hard cops, they lose sight of some of the other more interesting aspects of human nature


Anonymous said...

Second day of the show & just the last 2 rows were occupied! Obviously, the movie lacked steam..& the verdict was out.. ''I am special agent'', why all that braggadocio..let your work speak.. Get above yourself WOMAN..Competing with sniffer dogs!! Dancing clumsily at a nightclub!! One a cleanliness freak & the other a control freak..The blood scene was gruesome & disgusting & the language.. Gosh! atrocious..Do people actually use the F word among members of the family so frequently ? can't fathom.. Liked Sandra Bullock for her spontaneity in The Proposal & Miss Congeniality.

Apurv Nagpal said...

Agree completely...she was a bit lost here and didnt look good either...