Nikhil Joshi (Emraan Hashmi) is a young Indian who has gone to Dubai, and dreams of making it big out there. At present however, he is a taxi driver, and is madly in love with a bar girl Ria (Nisha Kothari). So smitten is he, that he is willing to do anything for his love - even DIE.
THE KILLER borrows the essence from acclaimed director Michael Mann's Tom Cruise-Jamie Foxx thriller COLLATERAL . Nikhil's life takes a turn when Vikram [Irrfan Khan] hires his cab for the entire night. Vikram is no ordinary passenger. He is in Dubai with a mission -- to eliminate five people in the course of one single night.
Nikhil soon realizes that he has been trapped and has to find a way out of this misadventure. The more he tries to get out of it, the more Vikram traps him. Nikhil begs, pleads, argues, retaliates, schemes… but to no avail as Vikram doesn't have intentions of letting him free till his mission is accomplished. THE KILLER catches your attention gradually. The initial portions between Emraan and Nisha may give an impression that it's one of those routine love stories one has witnessed unfailingly over the years.
Sajid-Wajid's music is overall average but disappointing by both their best standards and also the Vishesh Films music track-record. Jalees's lyrics are average too but we miss the excellence of the poetry that is associated with the banner. There is no standout track that lingers despite an ensemble list of singers like Alisha Chinoy, Sunidhi Chauhan, KK and Shreya Ghoshal.
Nisha has already failed to deliver in the Ram Gopal Varma camp. She could not prove her mettle with the Bhatts too. Emraan is adequate in the initial portions, but comes in form when he starts confronting Irrfan. Irrfan is splendid all through.
On the whole, THE KILLER is an fare love thriller.