Monthly Archives: January 2020
Mysskin’s Psycho trailer which released a month ago created quite a lot of expectation as the visuals were unique and the cast of Adithi and Udayanithi Stalin caught in horrific world of murder built the tempo even before its release. The film starts as we are introduced to a serial killer had killed nearly 13 girls and as displayed their headless bodies in different parts of the city. The police are clueless as the killer is very deceptive and careful as he doesn’t leave any clues. Parallel to this Thagini (Aditi Rao Hydari) is radio jockey who is constantly followed by a blind musician Gautham (Udhayanidhi). Though at first Thagini passes him off as a jobless romeo soon finds out that he is indeed very sincere in his love. As she finally falls for him she is falls as the prey for the serial killer who abducts her as the next victim. How the visually impaired Gautham saves Thagini from the psychotic killer is the rest of the story.
Psycho is not for all ages and for the faint hearted as its brutal and gory. Mysskin yet again takes us into a different mind of that of killer and goes deep into it. It’s also filled with unusual characters which is a trademark of the director. Aditi and udhaynidhi were apt to the cast and do well. In the second half though Nithy menon comes out strong. The story though starts good, falls with lot of gaps and lacks strength . the humanising of the killer at the end doesn’t have enough support and is rushed in the second half. Technically the cinematography and music are the real hero in the movie which takes us into the dark world of the killer’s mind. Psycho is not everyone’s cup of tea. I give it 6/10
Dhanush comes after a revolutionary Asuran and an underwhelming Enai Noki Paayum Thotta, gives us an action packed Pataas. Film starts in 2001 as Kanyakumari (sneha) is brought to jailas she has killed a foreigner on Indian soil using her bare hands. We see a glimpse of flashback as she kills the person in under different circumstance but is accused as the evidence is against her. Cut to present day where we see Sakthi alias Pataas ( Dhanush) a petty thief not knowing that he has his roots to an ancient martial art called Adimurai. Kanyakumari is released but she out on revenge on Nilan a kickboxing veteran who runs a martial school. What is the connect between Sakthi and Kanyakumari and why is she out for revenge, and will Sakthi know who he really is , that forms the rest of the story.
The only positive thing of this film is only Dhanush as he is the only person who could have made this character presentable on screen. For him this is walk in the park and he makes this dual role look so easy. Sneha too has given a good performance as she leads the film with Dhanush. Music helps us to remain in focus but not great. The weakest being the story and a very predictable screenplay with nothing new in it. The first half is dragging as the main plot starts only in the end of it. Second half starts strong but loses its way towards a weak ending. Only plus point being that the film has showcased a pure form of martial art Adimurai which is less heard in the Tamil culture. I give it 3/10
Film begins with series of encounter mission happening in Mumbai city led by none other by Aditya Arunachalam (Rajinikanth) a badass police commissioner. As the Mumbai city comes under this disruptive mode the human rights commission tries to bring Aditya Arunachalam under control. But Adithya who is in a revenge mode threatens the commission itself. What tragedy has brought Adithya to this ruthlessness and how he finds the person whom he is after is the rest of the story.
A huge expectation to this Muruga doss and Rajnikanth’s venture from the date it was announced. Thought the story has the nuances of Murugadoss script, Rajini’s mass and super stardom takes control of the whole film. Film’s strong points lies in the close bonding between father and daughter relationship. Nivetha Thomas who acts as the daughter gives a good performance. The weak points are the age factor that shows more in every scene, and the unwanted romance angle which could have been totally avoided. Yogi babu shares most of the screen space with the superstar and gives a decent sidekick combination. Huge disappointment on the narrative is the lip-sync that becomes irritation by the Mumbai costars and the lack of a powerful presence of the main villain. But still Superstar’s presence mesmerizes and holds the audience till the end. I give it 5 of 10.
Director Halitha Shameem who gave us a stunning debut with “Poovarasam Peepee” , comes back with collection for four shorts about love in Sillu karuppatti . Starting with an adolescent love between a young garbage collector and a rich teen girl, two strangers who share a cab, two elders and a middle aged couple. Haltha carefully handles love between these ages and constantly touches how reality affects love between them. With a knockout cast to support and each episode carefully filmed by different cinematographers as the director executes them to perfection. Music by Pradeep kumar elevates each episode. The last episode between Samuthiraikani and Sunainaa discusses the relationship between a middle aged couple is the best of the four. Sillu karupatti is not be missed , I give it 7/10