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There’s no resuscitating this dud: Baywatch review by Rashid Irani

The plot is predictable, the dialogue dreary. Sun-baked extras frolic in slow-motion. It’s all just a massive waste of time.

movie reviews Updated: Jun 09, 2017 16:01 IST
Rashid Irani
Dwayne Johnson plays the alpha lifeguard. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson fetch up in cameos. But the sense of fun that made the 1990s TV series work is completely missing.
Dwayne Johnson plays the alpha lifeguard. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson fetch up in cameos. But the sense of fun that made the 1990s TV series work is completely missing.
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  • Direction: Seth Gordon
  • Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron
  • Rating: 0.5 / 5

The TV series was a pop-culture phenomenon in the 1990s, but you wouldn’t know it from watching this puerile new-age big-screen revamp.

An utter waste of production resources as well as viewers’ time and money, Baywatch casts Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock as an alpha lifeguard tasked with keeping people safe at a busy Miami beach.

This was the role originally essayed on TV by David Hasselhoff, who cameos here in a couple of scenes. His former co-star Pamela Anderson breezes by too, during the excruciating finale.

Priyanka Chopra is beautiful but ineffectual.

Bogged down by predictability, the plot follows the lifeguard and his devoted team, including a cocky new recruit (Zac Efron), as they attempt to uncover a criminal conspiracy involving a nefarious businesswoman (Priyanka Chopra, beautiful but ineffectual).

The dialogue is dreary, the raunchiness and skimpy clothing feels forced. Sun-baked extras frolic in slow-motion.

It’s just a lot of stuff and nonsense.