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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws

Monkey Man

Universal Pictures, Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Lost Winds Entertainment, Lucky Elephant Media and Endeavor Content present an R rated, 121-minute, Action, Thriller, directed by Dev Patel, written by Patel, Paul Angunawela and John Collee with a theater release of April 5, 2024.

As a young kid (Jatin Malik) he saw his mother Neela (Adithi Kalkunte) beaten and burned to death by the hands of a rich gangster, Rana (Sikandar Kher) who was out to take over their land. Years later, as a grown man who called himself Bobby aka Kid (Dev Patel) has been working as a fighter in the ring known as the Monkey Man. He was not so good as a fighter but at least stayed standing after numerous lashings by his opponent but it kept food in his mouth and gave him money to save to eventually buy a gun. He worked his way out of the slums and into the rich inner-city limits working in the bad guy’s restaurant kitchen and eventually for Alphonso (Pitobash) who over-looked a private party room upstairs in the same building.

Bobby as he called himself to the rich people had a plan and the people, he wanted to take revenge at were all within that inner circle. Although, he did meet some other people that were only working there to make money by offering their physical services, one of them was Sita (Sobhita Dhulipala) a beautiful woman that worked in the party room. Bobby had a journey ahead of him but when some of his plans fail, he meets a wonderful group of people that help nurture his body, mind and strength in order for him to become the true Monkey Man and destroy the group of people that Bobby hates but also the same people that live in the slums hate as well. What happens next is a “John Wick” battle for the kick-ass brutal books.

I really am a big fan of Patel and rightfully so, he is a great actor and now proves himself as a superb writer and director. There is a great story from history to present time that leads the audience into a world of revenge and really overall, justice. Some amazing fights, stunts and effects will keep you constantly mouthing ‘damn’ throughout the film. A good score to accompany the story with some amazing photography, pulling in some camera angles that prove skill within the battles. I would have given it a 4 but there were a few small holes and so-so edits in a few places.

Patel is stellar and for a small guy that has buffed himself up for the role he proves that he can do it all like the best of the action characters in film. I loved Pitobash, his character added some hysterics and smiles into the story, such a funny character. Kher is a big studly man that not only knows how to play the bad guy but fight like one too. All the women characters are strong but the film itself centers strongly on the men doing battle with Patel out for true justice. There is a really cute puppy in the film that I myself would have loved to work with and Patel also showed himself to be a trainer except for his attempt to make the puppy sit. Overall, if you’re looking for a great action film and a great story line than this is the one for you. Hats off to Patel who not only brings us to his country but proves he can do it all.

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