Rebel is a revenge action movie, which has all commercial elements. Prabhas' electrifying performance is the main attraction in it. Tamanna's glamour, Raghava's music, C Ram Prasad's camera work, stunning choreography of action and dance sequences, wonderful art direction, beautiful locations and costumes are its other highlights.
Raghava Lawrence has created a good screenplay for Rebel and has a good grip on its narration. But what upsets the viewers is that he has repeated several aspects from his movies like Don, Mass and Kanchana. Its big disappointment is its length, which is about 2.50 hours. The director could have trimmed it.
The first half is a joy ride with Prabhas-Deeksha romance and Brahmandham comedy. The movie takes serious mode with Krishnam Raju getting killed at the interval bang. There are some stunning fights in the second half. Especially, the action in the climax is superb and a treat for action lovers.
Rishi (Prabhas) is a happy go lucky guy and is in love with an orphan girl Deepali (Deeksha Seth). He turns rebellious after his father, a mafia don Bhupathi (Krishnam Raju) is killed by his own brother (Mukesh Rushi) and Simhadri (Pradeep Rawat). In a bid to avenge, Rishi (Prabhas) comes to Hyderabad with Narasaraju (Brahmanandam) in search of Stephen and Roberts.
Then, he moves to Bangkok, where he woos a hip hop dance teacher Nandini (Tamanna) to get the information about Stephen and Roberts. What happens to Bhupathi and Deepali? Who are Stephen and Roberts? Why is he in search of them? Will Rishi succeed in his mission? The answers to these questions will form the rest of the story.
Rebel is the show of Prabhas, who has delivered a brilliant performance as a timid son, a sweet lover boy and a violent gangster. He rocks the viewers in action, dance, romance and sentimental sequences. As a dance teacher, Tamanna looks very glamorous and has displayed her dancing skills in Rebel. Deeksha Seth does not have much scope, but she has done justice to her role. As villains, Pradeep Rawat and Mukesh Rushi have done good job. Brahmanandam and Ali have a few good moments, but the director has failed to utilise them properly.
Raghava Lawrence's music is the main highlight in the technical front. The picturisation of the songs is beautiful. The choreography of fights and dance is excellent. The art direction, costume and makeup in different action and song sequences is superb. The dialogues are good. The editing could have been better. Marthand K Venkatesh should have trimmed several scenes in the second half.
Overall, Rebel is a pure commercial entertainer movie, which showcases Prabhas' heroism. It has its own share of drawbacks and a few illogical sequence, but they will not deter the viewers from enjoying the film. Don't miss it, if you are Prabhas fan.
Producer: J Bhaghawan, J Pulla Rao
Director: Raghava Lawrence
Cast: Prabhas, Tamanna Bhatia, Deeksha Seth, Krishnam Raju, Pradeep Rawat, Mukesh Rushi, Brahmanandam and Ali
Music Director: Raghava Lawrence
Release Date: September 28
Duration: 2.50 hours