King Nagarjuna's son Akhil scored a decent hit with Most Eligible Bachelor and is now on a mission to get a mass image with his spy thriller Agent. Akhil is aiming for the starts with Agent as the film directed by Surender Reddy is releasing in various languages. Akhil transformed his physique working hard for months while Surender Reddy braved the covid virus and producers overcame the spiralling budget to release the film in theatres. The action-packed teaser and trailer increased expectations on the film. Let us find out whether Akhil created a mass mania with Agent. The film's OTT rights have been bagged by Sony Liv and streaming will be after the theatrical run.
Agent Story is all about a youngster who aspires to become a RAW agent and how he resolves that fight between God and the Devil. Rikki aka Rama Krishna (Akhil), is an ethical hacker dreams of becoming a RAW agent since his childhood. But he fails in his attempts to clear the exam due to his weird ways.
But a sudden turn of events finds himself interacting with the RAW chief Colonel Mahadev (Mammootty) known as Devil for his ruthless patriotism and comes to know about the God (Dino Maria) and his Mission Rabbit. To find out more about Mission Rabbit, Syndicate and how it is linked to Minister Jai Kishen (Sampath Raj) and what role Vidya (Sakshi Vaidya) played, enjoy Agent in action on the big screen.
Akhil underwent a remarkable transformation for the role of Agent. He shed his loverboy image and showed variations in his expressions, dialogue delivery, and mannerisms. To the top of it, he enacted deadly, breathtaking, and risky stunts and action sequences. He also entertained delivering dialogues in a Telangana accent. He did everything that was required of him by the director and tried to carry the film on his shoulders. If he improves to showcase more intensity, he will reach the next level. He looked stylish and cool on the screen.
Mammootty made his presence felt with his sedate performance. Though his screen presence is good, his role did not get much elevation. Dino Maria who played the antagonist role just passed through the motions. His role looked routine. Sakshi Vaidya looked hot and gorgeous on the screen. She got limited scope to showcase her acting talent. Sampath Raj and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar got limited roles. Others like Murali Sharma, Posani Krishna Murali, and Vikramjit played blink-and-miss roles. Urvashi Rautela did a special song and she looked raunchy as usual.
Agent story is penned by Vakkantam Vamsi and Surender Reddy planned to showcase Akhil in a completely different avatar and present him the action hero image. Vakkantam Vamsi's story lacked originality and everything seems to be inspired by the previous spy thrillers. Vamsi failed to even live up to those inspirations from the previous films. The story turned substandard and from then on it is a downside for the Agent team.
The film never took off right from the start. Surender Reddy started the narration in a typical manner establishing the conflict and then he tried to show variation in Akhil's characterization showing him as a weird person who operates in his own way. To some extent it attracts but he did it too much and this ended up irritating the movie lovers.
With no real twists and turns in the spy thriller and a lack of emotional connection, Agent failed big time. With the story going on a predictable note and the weak characterization of the lead roles played by Akhil, Mammootty, and Dino Maria, it tested the patience of all. Many after a sedate start and routine high octane interval block that is routine, expected the story to take off to another level. However, it turned from bad to worse. Silly scenes loaded with the senseless screenplay, directionless direction, and stale script spoiled not only the second half but the entire film.
Hip Hop Tamizha's songs did not make any impact. Songs are forgettable though they are shot in a lavish manner. His background music is below average and followed the same template. Most of the time it is loud. Rasool Ellore's cinematography is good at times but most of the time it left a lot to be desired. The editing of Naveen Nooli left a lot to be desired. There are many repetitive scenes and routine flavors. Dialogues are pretty ordinary and below average. Production values of AK Entertainments, Surender 2 Cinema are lavish.
Altogether, Agent turns out to be a disaster. Akhil dedicated his entire energy and put in his heart and soul into the project. He worked strenuously for his role and even showed it on screen changing his mannerisms, and expressions completely doing away with the lover boy image. But Vakkantam Vamsi came with an atrocious and senseless story and people wonder how Akhil gave the green signal. Surender Reddy who is known for his stylish entertainers and action flicks, failed in big time with his spineless script, screenplay, and direction. He failed to elevate Akhil's heroism in his character and in turn turned it into a laughing stock. With no real twists and turns and hero elevations, entertainment and emotions. Agent's mission failed even before it began. Considering all these elements, Cinejosh goes with a 2 Rating for Agent.