RA-One ~ This film has a lot in common with the recently reviewed Enthiran – The Robot. And while it follows Enthiran, and exists within the same continuity, it is not a sequel. Much the way the solo Avengers films led into the main Avengers movie, Chitti the Robot makes a cameo here. Being a comic book fan, I’m a sucker for universe building, and that’s exactly what Tamil science fiction is doing – creating a cinematic superhero universe.

The story here is nothing new really, derivative, but still original enough, and made magical by CGI and various other animation techniques. A videogame designer creates the ultimate super-villain, RA-One, for a virtual reality videogame where the player becomes the hero G-One to fight him. Like Enthiran, there are dazzling and mindboggling special effects, but at its core is a touching father and son story, that of the designer and his son.

Things go awry when RA-One gains sentience, and the designer must become G-One to stop him from destroying the real world. The battle sequences between G-One and RA-One are phenomenal. It is just amazing to me how other cultures seem to know better how to use American superhero concepts cinematically than most American filmmakers.

Like most Bollywood films, this has everything – action, comedy, romance, a couple if very scary moments, and of course terrific musical sequences. I really liked this film a lot, great videogame and comic book sensibilities, and like Enthiran, I bought the soundtrack as soon as I was done watching it the first time. Great fun.


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Glenn Walker is a professional writer, and editor-in-chief and contributing writer at Biff Bam Pop!. A blogger, podcaster, and reviewer of pop culture in all its forms, he's done stints in radio, journalism and video retail. Ask him anything about movies, television, music, or especially comics or French fries, and you’ll be hard pressed to stump him or shut him up.

Posted on January 17, 2013, in avengers, bollywood, g-one, india, music, ra-one, robot, soundtrack, special effects, video games. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I'm sorry, but these Indie-Sci films remind me too much of the old Japanese chop-socky films of the 70's & 80's (albeit with the waty cool addition of modern "special effects" (courtesy of the innovative Wachowski twins, no doubt) But I have to admit the music (soundtrack) in the Indian films are much better if compared to my old Saturday afternoon ninja flicks. To each their own.Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Say,aren't you overdue for a new Arrow episode break(let)down?Peace!

  2. Where do you get these amazing movies. I'd love to watch this.

  3. Dom, I would compare the Bollywood scifi films I've seen, especially the newer effects heavy ones, to Archie Comics. It's not what I normally would read or watch, but rarely am I disappointed. They are very entertaining and satisfying on many levels. And when I watch the new episode of "Arrow," it will be posted immediately. 😉

  4. Marie, believe it or not, I saw RA-One at the Rave Theater in Voorhees, the week it opened in the US. It was fantastic on the big screen. That said, you can watch the full movie on YouTube, starting here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6VCnTPq2a0

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