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Power Rangers is a needless blast from the past, says Rashid Irani

Remember the TV show from the 1990s? Well, the five do-gooder teens are back, in a movie, and it’s not good.

movie reviews Updated: Apr 01, 2017 15:22 IST
Rashid Irani
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Imbued with special powers after they stumble upon some mystical thingamajigs, the colour-coded ‘Rangers’ must save their town from an evil villain. It’s very ho-hum.

POWER RANGERS

Direction: Dean Israelite

Actors: Elizabeth Banks, RJ Cyler

Rating: 2 / 5

Based on the popular 1990s TV series about five spandex-suited superkids, this big-screen reboot will at best provide some youngsters with a mildly entertaining time at the matinee.

As in the ’90s, the high-school teens band together to vanquish an evil entity.

Imbued with incredible abilities after they stumble upon some mystical thingamajigs, the colour-coded ‘Rangers’ use their newly discovered powers to save their fictional Californian town from being reduced to rubble.

The villain, believe it or not, is called Rita Repulsa and eats molten gold and, in an embarrassing bit of product placement, doughnuts!

Every character is one-note and mouths off gee-whiz platitudes. The woozy handheld camerawork and tinnitus-inducing soundtrack provide blasts of kinetic overkill.

In the role of Rita Repulsa, the delectably named villain-in-chief, Elizabeth Banks is camp personified. Her character feeds on molten gold (yes, you read right), and in an embarrassing bit of product placement, doughnuts.

The concluding metal-on-metal smack-down is surprisingly bloodless, but serves its purpose of setting up a new franchise.

The question is: Do we really need the Power Rangers? For many of us, the answer is a simple, No.

Watch the trailer for Power Rangers here