Jackie is one of those films that make you feel satisfied and proud of being a Kannada film fan. From the word go, there is hardly a trick director Suri misses in keeping the audience entertained as well as engrossed in the narrative. During the proceedings, it is hard to realise that there is a complex story hidden in the compacted dialogues, quick-fire shots and speedy scenes.
Jackie is a guy who dreams of making it big. But not by hard work. He is an expert cards player and thinks he can repay all his debts with earnings from it. He does every job and hopes he would one day make it big as a realtor. His world is filled with characters from the lower class. A blind girl, a teenager who falls for the wrong guy, a mother who would not hesitate in handing him over to the police and a runaway convict for a friend.
A neighborhood girl elopes with a photographer who is actually a conduit for a human trafficker. Jackie's luck runs out as he is blamed for the missing girl and the police give him the chase for helping his convict friend. He sets out to find the girl and on the way helps the leading lady (Bhavana) who is about to be killed. The first half is a road movie and the second half has a more settled look. Jackie becomes a help to the police in other cases while searching for the missing girl. The end, like any good action film is shaped to entertain the cheering fans.
The songs of the film are already big hits. On the screen, the title track and Shiva Anta Hogutidde, are headed for more adulation. Sathya Hegde amazes with the camerawork. Some of the shots are unbelievable and would not be out of place in any international film. However, it is Puneeth Rajkumar with his impeccable acting and jaw dropping stunts and dance moves who tops the list of the good things in the film.
Jackie is not a film to be missed at any cost. As a fan you would be thrilled. As a regular film buff, you would recommend it to others. As a casual moviegoer you would be hooked. This film is reportedly the highest selling Kannada film before release. After the first show, what is most likely to be said about Jackie is; the rest as they say is history.