Blue may have good cinematography, scenic underwater locales, Kylie Minogue singing a Rahman song, and Lara Dutta looking like a million bucks, but these do nothing to make it a watchable movie, let alone a memorable one. And though there may be many ‘firsts’ to this movie, it all would not seem like a vain attempt had the storytelling not been so weak.
Post-independence the British decide to hand over some Indian treasures, which sink along with the vessel carrying it, somewhere off The Bahamas. Cut to present day, Aarav (a swashbuckling Akshay Kumar) is aware of this but requires his pal Sagar (a tired-looking Sanjay Dutt) to lead him to the loot. Sagar’s father was a renowned oceanographer and legend has it that he knew the whereabouts of the sunken Lady in Blue, and so does his son. But Sagar is satisfied with his modest life with his ladylove (a very bikini-friendly Lara Dutta) and shows no interest in the treasure.
His brother (improved-from-Yuvvraaj Zayed Khan), estranged for some reason, returns to The Bahamas after falling in trouble with a sneaky biker (Rahul Dev) in Thailand. But his past catches up quicker than he knows and soon his brother decides it’s time to come out of his recluse and hunt for the coveted underwater fortune.
Director Anthony D’Souza has left no stone unturned to film some amazing stunts in and above water, but the excessive marine life footage just makes it look like a Nat Geo documentary. Also the background score, which is mostly jarring music especially when night life is shown (which happens ever so often in the first half), is annoying. After a lot of bike chases, songs, and beating about the bush Blue finally does get to the point, and you really wish the story was told better.
Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta fit into their roles with ease. Incidentally, they also are the smartest looking onscreen, which is not saying much for the film. Still Blue can be watched once just to satisfy your curiosity.