Dhoom 3 was way more serious than the prequels. The second one did have some serious undertones in the ending, but I still expected the heroic villain to be more than just a martyr - to come back! To show the world his jostle with Death was a hoax and nothing more, but instead we are introduced to a new villain, one with two sides (in more than one way), with a motive (the Bankers made his father kill himself), plenty of chases, action, circus arts (that's a refreshing element) and Katrina Kaif. What more could you ask for!
The action's well-choreographed, the plot's clever, Ali And Jai are still going strong chasing bad guys (not sure Ali is the best incentive at keeping the serious plot serious, though, he gets on my nerves sometimes) and it seems a large portion of the movie is filmed in the US. Somehow I'm impressed that the actors all manage to look serious even in this foreign climate, maybe because the Bollywood-style of movie is so frequently ridiculed here, maybe because I subconsciously feel the Bollywood-style is, compared to Hollywood-style, a bit silly? Strange thought, since I do love the movie-style I'm obsession over the actors confidence in. As if the actors were only the facade they play.
Anyway, disregarding all my motiveless prejudice I've probably been imprinted by the International industries and thoughtless peers, this was a great movie. Sympathy for the villain and stronger bonds between the characters are what sets it apart from previous movies, not so much the atmosphere or the action, which - though different - is equally varied and at times clearly of a higher budget than the prequels. It's an action movie of professional proportion, though not one you'd watch only for the action. Family - in all forms - is the re-occurring and most important theme. And rather than heists, it's about getting away. Or at least it's about trying to.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle