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‘Dhoom:3’ packs action, less CGI, in film

KatrinKaif Aamir Khan 'Dhoom 3'

Katrina Kaif and Aamir Khan in "Dhoom 3"

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‘DHOOM 3’ ★★★

Sahir Aamir Khan

Jai Dixit Abhishek Bachchan

Ali Uday Chopra

Aaliya Katrina Kaif

Yash Raj Films presents a film written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. In Hindi with English subtitles. Running time: 172 minutes. No MPAA rating. Now showing at local theaters.

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:46PM

Running nearly three hours, “Dhoom:3” entertains as a spectacle of chases, bank capers, magic acts and song-and-dance numbers.

Writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya continues this Bollywood franchise by setting and shooting most of this installment in Chicago. Locations include LaSalle Street, City Hall, the Chicago River, Millennium Park and the Quincy L stop where the film’s one kiss occurs.

The story opens in Chicago in 1990 with a boy pawning his brother’s watch to save their father’s Great Indian Circus from the Western Bank of Chicago. The Shedd Aquarium serves as the permanent site of the circus, and later doubles as a bank edifice when the plot moves up to the present. Indian cops Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali (Uday Chopra) come from Mumbai to catch a bank robber who tosses cash in the wind and leaves behind messages in Hindi.

This Chicago Police Department — with the motto “Courage, Pride, Dedication” — is headquartered at Tribune Tower. Colliding squad cars go airborne with cameras inside for novel angles on loop mayhem. Motorcycles, helicopters and boats perform like acrobats, as in the two prior “Dhoom” films. Unlike “Transformers 3,” partly shot in downtown Chicago, “Dhoom:3” features more traditional action and less CGI.

“Dhoom:3” is crowd-pleasing populist fare. Bankers are bad guys. Brothers are forever. Per the “Dhoom” formula, disguises abound. Cops and thieves admire one another. Love interests are underplayed, except for the “goddess who sings and dances like liquid electricity” when Sahir (Aamir Khan) reopens his late father’s circus. One downbeat note: three suicides for family honor.

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