Agent review: It’s mission unaccomplished!

Despite Akhil Akkineni's efforts, slow narration, boring treatment, and poor visual effects don't add value to Surender Reddy's latest directorial.

ByDeepthi Nandan

Published:Aug 10, 2023

Akhil Akkineni Agent
This agent misses the mark!

Agent (Telugu)

  • Cast: Akhil Akkineni, Mammootty, Dino Morea, Sampath Raj, and Denzil Smith
  • Director: Surender Reddy
  • Producers: AK Entertainments and Surender 2 Cinema
  • Music: Hiphop Tamizha and Bheems Ceciroleo
  • Runtime: 2 hours 36 minutes

Director Surender Reddy’s much-awaited spy thriller Agent, starring Akhil Akkineni in the lead role, is finally out in the theatres today, 28 April.

The film, which went through many hurdles due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, has managed to pique the interest of audiences. Let’s see how far it succeeds in keeping them engaged and entertained.

Ramakrishna aka Ricky (Akhil Akkineni) aims to be a RAW Agent. When his repeated attempts to enter RAW fail, Ricky finally hacks RAW chief Mahadev aka Devil’s computer (Mammootty) to fall in his eyes.

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A poster of ‘Agent’ Telugu movie. (Twitter)

Impressed by Ricky’s abilities, Devil assigns Ricky the task of taking on God, a dreaded crime lord (Dino Morea). God is against India and planning a mission to destroy India.

How Ricky takes on God and how he succeeds in destroying God’s mission against India is the story of Agent.

Surender Reddy’s mark missing

Agent has a wafer-thin storyline. Only impressive treatment and narration can keep the audience engaged with such a simple story. Unfortunately, the movie fails even in this aspect.

Added to this, routine treatment and a slow pace turn Agent into a passable fare. One wonders if is this a Surender Reddy directorial.

The director is known for coming up with interesting storylines and elevating them with racy narration and stylish presentation. All those are apparently missing in Agent!

Akhil’s efforts go in vain

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A poster of ‘Agent’. (Twitter)

Akhil Akkineni tried his best and worked hard for Agent. The way he transformed his physique and performed in action sequences and dances shows his efforts for this high-budget action thriller.

But that’s it! Every other aspect of the film is simply forgettable.

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Even Akhil appears to be miscast for the role. The quirky and wild characterisation of Agent fails to impress the audience.

Mammootty is adequate as a RAW official.

Dino Morea appears on the screen after a long time in a negative role.

Apart from these three roles, no other actor has any significant role to play. Female lead Sakshi Vaidya appears in songs and a couple of romantic scenes which are in no way related to the main plot.

Technical crew lag behind

Being a high-octane spy action thriller, Agent needs the best efforts from the technical crew.

Rasool Ellore’s cinematography is fine. But visual effects fail to impress.

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A poster of ‘Agent’ starring Akhil Akkineni. (Twitter)

A couple of action episodes are fine.

There are no great songs and misplacing of songs spoils the narration.

The background score by Hip-hop Tamizha is in tune with the overall feel of the movie.

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Editor Navin Nooli should have cut the movie short by at least 20-30 minutes as audiences feel bored and unrelated in many scenes.

Final take

Sadly, the much-awaited Agent fails to accomplish his only mission: impress the audience.

Despite good efforts from Akhil Akkineni, one keeps wondering if this action thriller is directed by Surender Reddy.

(Views expressed are personal.)