Updated: March 05, 2021 17:51 IST
Rating : 2.75/5
Sundeep Naidu (Sundeep Kishan), a promising young hockey player is banned from playing the sport for 5 years after assaulting the district hockey coach. He has a very strong reason to beat up the coach. A few years later, Sundeep goes to Yanam and incidentally meets Lavanya. The duo develop good chemistry right from first glance. One day, Sundeep comes to know about the iconic hockey ground in the area and the controversy and antisocial forces surrounding it. The rest of the story uncloaks Sundeep’s efforts to protect the ground from unlawful acquisition.
Sundeep has matured as an actor and he carries the complex and arguably challenging role with good composure. He moulds his body language to portray a hockey player and he does a fine job at it. Lavanya as a dynamic and strong natured diva is good. Rahul Ramakrishna, Priyadarshi, Murali Sharma, Sathya, and Mahesh Vitta play supporting roles and they add value. Rao Ramesh plays antagonist and he is at his usual best.
A1 Express was extensively promoted as the first Telugu film made on the sport of Hockey and it partially succeeds in living up to the tag. Sundeep comes up with a very good performance in the lead role and he shoulders the film. But the problem is with unnecessary subplots which don’t add zest to the proceedings. There’s a 5-minute long fight sequence in the second half which tests the patience of the viewers. Had the duration of this action sequence been cut down, the film would have carried good tempo towards the penultimate and climax sequences.
A1 Express is a mediocre sports drama which has more of a commercial touch to it when compared to the original, Natpe Thunai.