from JERSEY CITY, NJ
Reviewed on 1/2/2011...
Anything with Rex Harrison is always worth a look, even teamed with a few C-List semi-stars of yesteryear, but this co-production with major Bollywood names is particularly interesting as a not-half-bad attempt to blend the Indian and U.S. film industries in an only slightly schlock caper film (the copy-cat "American" title tells you the schlock part - the original "SHALIMAR" is more honest if slightly less meaningful - in India Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman were billed above Harrison) about a Master Thief who claims to be dying and brings together his chief rivals in a lethal contest to see who deserves the title of "World's Greatest...". The goal and "reward" (in additional to the title) is a super gem guarded by impossible technology and disposable but murderously dedicated mute guards, every one of whom owe their lives to Harrison. As far as actually cracking the commercial U.S. film market, the effort was not markedly successful (it apparently tanked in India and the IMDB doesn't even show a U.S. release date! ...the American title pretty much assured that even if the quality of the script didn't) but if you're in the mood for one of those films all about how the director/script writer can kill off the next Indian S.A.G. member in new and imaginative ways (a sort of 10 LITTLE INDIANS with real Indians) and finding out if the sort-of-cute possible romantic lead will value the girl more than the race or get away in the end (the film tries for as many twists as Agatha Christie engineered into her real masterpiece, WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION so it isn't over when it looks like it might be) this might fit the bill on a rainy Saturday or even Sunday afternoon. Not really good, but you've seen far worse.
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