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By Alan Ng | June 10, 2022

Unlike Braveheart, RRR is decidedly an action/thriller. The third act could rival The Lord of the Rings. The action scenes are also over the top, and in rabid superhero fashion, Ram and Bheem do the vast majority of the killing. Speaking of superheroes, these guys are handsome men whose finishing death moves are equally good-looking. Essentially, these people are superheroes, is what I am saying.

The stunts feature a great deal of wirework, and director S. S. Rajamouli plays around with speed ramping, giving the action a Guy Ritchie feel (or did Ritchie borrow it from Tollywood?). You’ll also feel the heat from its fiery visuals and have your eardrums blown out from every cannon, pistol, and rifle available. It’s loud, bold, and intense.

“…decidedly earns its ‘epic’ moniker.”

And that’s not all! The director adds an insane amount of CG-animal attacks (this is not for anyone easily triggered by the death of fake animals) to push the spectacle to insane levels. Did I mention the movie has two dance numbers? Now add it all together, and the film decidedly earns its “epic” moniker.

The action means nothing if not for the story. RRR pulls no punches in its political messaging — British colonialism is on trial here. Though Bheem is practically tortured throughout, and Ram is conflicted over the treatment of his people (being really careful not to spoil the third act), it’s the brotherhood between the two leads that’s most endearing. We root for Bheem from the very beginning, and I couldn’t shake off Ram’s betrayal.

Warning: RRR is not woke. Men are men, and women are women; themes of national pride and patriotism rage at eleven; the testosterone runs at insane levels; the 2nd amendment is on full display in that there are a lot of guns and the answer to everyone’s problems is guns. Overall, this is just the fun we’ve been waiting for post-COVID.

RRR (2022)

Directed: S.S. Rajamouli

Written: S.S. Rajamouli, Vijayendra Prasad

Starring: Ram Charan, N.T. Rama Rao Jr., etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…pulls no punches in its political messaging..."

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  1. Nikh says:

    Good review. I’m a Telugu person (the original language of the film). Regarding the Second Amendment part. Here, guns are for fighting against colonialism and oppression. Not about gun rights in a free, democratic society. I’m emphasizing this because some might misinterpret its message as pro-Gun rights in an American context.

  2. Mark Hinds says:

    India has two film industries. Tollywood and Bollywood. This is a Tollywood film, and it’s brutal. After hearing Chris Gore rave about this film I thought I’d search it out on Netflix, as they have a large amount of Indian content. This film is well over 3 hours long, but it doesn’t feel it. In fact I couldn’t stop watching it. The title card doesn’t even appear until the 45 minute mark.

    Be aware that this is revisionist history. There is no record of the two main leads ever meeting in real life, but the Indian citizens have imbraced this film to make it a major box office hit there.

    Sad that the reviewer felt the need to warn that there is no Woke content. What matters is a compelling story well told.

    I won’t give anything away. Seek out this film! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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