For many of us, one of the year's most anticipated science fiction films is Endhiran/Robot, the Indian movie about a scientist (Rajnikanth) who creates a robot, which becomes a little too human. The first reviews are in. Spoilers ahead.
The overall theme of the reviews is that Endhiran is a totally crazy over-the-top mess, which is filled with awesome shoutouts to American action movies. Rediff says the film features
the mother of all Indian movie climaxes, where Rajni is King Kong, he is the Incredible Hulk, he is Iron Man, he is a Transformer, and he is the Anaconda. He is everything you have seen in special effects laden Hollywood flicks. Heck, in one scene, pinned to giant magnet with his arms stretched, he even does a menacing Hannibal Lecter lunge.
It sounds like the film is the ultimate experience for the legions of Rajnikanth fans, who get to see him as the scientist who creates the robot, and then the lookalike robot itself, called Chitty. And finally, as an army of killer robots, all with Rajnikanth's face. The trouble starts when the scientist gives Chitty human emotions, and the robot ralls in love with the scientist's girlfriend, played by Aishwarya Rai. The robot starts writing poetry and getting emo, and at one point rescues Rai from getting sexually assaulted by another robot. But once Chitty's obsession carries him away, he falls into the grasp of an evil rival scientist, who programs Chitty to kill.
Here's a way longer trailer than the snippets we showed you before.
And it just gets weirder — a couple of reviews mention that Chitty, at one point, holds a lengthy conversation with a mosquito. Also, Chitty randomly delivers a baby (presumably before he turns evil.) And at one point, he rescues a woman from a burning building, but then she immediately kills herself because she wasn't fully clothed during her rescue. It's all kind of random, but awesome — and it's all worth it for the final half-hour action sequence, by all accounts.
We can't wait to see this film. It's just out in India now, but it's already showing in several U.S. cities.