What’s so great about it is that it was a no-holds-barred bad robot movie, with singing and dancing and things blowing up, and the Indian army getting whupped up on by an evil robot with an evil laugh, who of course redeems himself at the end.The snake scene, with all the evil robots coming together, is the best robot snake scene in any movie, from now til eternity. I don’t care that it’s the only one right now. No other robot snake scene will be able to touch it.
The most famous Indian actress in the world, Aishwarya Rai, plays the love interest in a thankless role (weak, pushy, lives to shop, cheats on her medical exams, and is flirty and saucy but has no real moral code). But man, she can dance! And act! She was great! The lead, who played the mad scientist and the evil robot, goes by one name, Rajnikanth, and …eh. I mean, I know he’s super famous in India, which means to 1 billion people he’s a household name, but eh.
There’s some great social commentary about what women want in a man, including a robot man — he has to be able to cook and clean, and beat up on punks. But it’s ambiguous as to whether he could actually have sex (here we reference Star Trek TNG and Data’s assertion that he’s “fully functional”). There’s some nudging and winking about it, but I still thought it was unclear.
And in the end, Sana rejects him for the mad scientist even though basically the mad scientist a wuss, so there will be no tearing of the social fabric of Indian society in this movie!
Take a look at the trailer, which you can find on the link above. Ten minutes of unrelenting action.
And a robot snake.
Oh! And an inexplicable dance sequence in Peru, set among the Incas. (I think. There were llamas, so I’m pretty sure though.)
And my favorite bit of subtitling:
Mad Scientist: Shit!
Subtitle: Oh no!
And one of the best emergency birthing scenes ever.