Lucky (NR)

Drama 180 April 8, 2005
By Nick Schager
Would you believe that getting involved with underworld cretins makes you likely to wind up in peril? That's the only idea in the head of Lucky, a dim amalgam of every crime film made over the past half-century. Writer-director-star Bari Kang's tedious photocopy-of-a-photocopy concerns Lucky (Kang), an undocumented immigrant whose days and nights are spent driving a cab around Manhattan, selling stolen cars with his gambling-addict accomplice, Ricky (Daniel Jordano), and looking out for the prostitutes employed by a close acquaintance. His situation is further complicated when a random fare turns out to be drug-dealing bigwig Fernando (Alfredo Diaz), who -- in one of many tossed-off plot points -- immediately makes Lucky his go-to chauffeur, delivery man and lackey.

Before long, Lucky is striking up a romantic affair with one working girl, caring for absentee Ricky's wife and kid, and becoming increasingly repulsed by the volatile Fernando, who resembles nothing so much as a lame parodic riff on any number of thuggish Scorsese characters. Compounding the action's lack of originality are both the amateurishness of every performance and the wobbly-camera aesthetics. Worse, though, is the wholesale absence of any political point of view on its immigrant-horror-story subject matter, leaving the film feeling like the thinnest type of retread.
Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Kader Khan, Navni Parihar, Ravi Baswani, Vikram Gokhale Radhika Rao, Milap Zaveri Sohail Khan, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar Sohail Khan Productions

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