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Mafia: Chapter 1 Movie review

Director Karthick Naren who made the Tamil film industry turn towards him with his debut film D16, returns with a stylish gangster film Mafia. Aryan ( Arun vijay) is a lead investigating office in the Narcotics Bureau who is hunting down a major drug cartel who is supplying to the city. Though they are able to track the drugs on the streets, they are not able to reach the main source which is coming into the city. When his superior dies and social activist die mysteriously Aryan and team begin to look for clues left behind by them which takes them to a Diwakar ( Prassana) a entrepreneur to the outside world but head of the major drug cartel. How Aryan takes down the shrewd Diwakar is the rest of the story.

The story is laid down simple by Karthick , but the way he presents it to the audience has its advantage and disadvantages. The stylization of the characters, the way they are portrayed and the presentation is top notch. But the same importance is not given to the screenplay as it’s very slow (even more dragging as majority of shots are in hi-speed). Character intro takes quiet a lot of time, though he movie only clocks 112mins, seems very dragging due to this presentation. Arun Vijay and Prassana are to their best and score in their screen presence. Though the second half has more to offer it is pushed towards the end, and by that time the audience are half asleep. Mafia gets 4/10 purely for presentation.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2020 in Movie Review

 

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Seeru -Movie review

Manimaran ( jeeva) is Good Samaritan in the town if Mayiladudurai, he runs a local cable tv with his friends and also keeps them updated on the current  news to the public. His good deeds makes him a target to the local MLA who suffers a lot from this. Manimaran is close to his sister who is pregnant and due any time. But things get serious as the MLA send a ruthless goon Malli (Varun) from Chennai to get rid of Manimaran. As Malli comes to kill Manimaran to his house, he ends up saving his sister and goes back empty handed. But Manimaran wants to thank Malli though he had come to kill him, he leaves to Chennai to find Malli. There he comes to know that Malli’s life is in danger, how Manimaran saves him is the rest of the story.

Jeeva comes back with commercial film, with action packed scenes. Though the movie moves unsteady in the first half it catches up with decent story and ends good. Jeeva is decent in the character and does well. New face Riya suman is just for namesake but decent. The story though is weak and baseless but ends fast which make the audience not notice the weakness and enjoy the action and forget the logic. Imman’s music doesn’t do much, but support the action scens in the bgm. Seeru is a timepass and one movie for the tv channels to run in loop. I give it 3/10

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Movie Review

 

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Vaanam Kottattum -Movie Review

Bose kalai ( Sarathkumar) a famer near a village Madurai is about to leave to his ancestral temple alng with his family, when he hears that his elder brother Veluchamy ( Balaji sakthivel) is stabbed by his political enemies. Without a second thought Bose goes and kills two people on the other side a hs imprisoned for 16 years. Chandra ( Radhika) his wife unable to live with honor in the village leaves to Chennai taking the children. In Chennai she raises them with difficulties, the eldest Selva ( Vikram Prabhu) is a hardworking youngster with a short temper, Mangai ( Aishwarya rajesh) studying law is brilliant and keeps her brother in control. Life goes well as Selva takes up banana business from his Uncle and Mangai helps him in the business, when Bose returns from prison.  Bose dosen’t fit in the family and is seen as an alien to his own children. Meanwhile the son of the deceased whom Bose killed comes to Chennai to take revenge. How the family gets together and manages the oncoming trouble is the rest of the story.

With a well-balanced cast the film raised huge expectation from the new director and madras talkies which produced it. Sarathkumar and Radhika the real life couple showed class and their chemistry is the highlight of the film. Vikram prabhu gives a decent performance with Aishwaraya rajesh making the family complete with her usual grace. Balaji Sakthivel stands tall in his performance. But the story lacked connectivity and with lot of loose ends and unwanted characters which spoil the whole flow makes the audience irritate. The film drags in the second half to a predictable end, and the revenge angle lacks strength. With a very vague storytelling and disastrous editing the movie ends dull. Sid Sriram music was good but repeated songs notes throughout the film became an overdose . Cinematography was the only technical team which made huge impact in the film. I give the film 3/10

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Movie Review

 

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Psycho – Movie review

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

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2020 in Movie Review

 

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Pattas – Movie review

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

 

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2020 in Movie Review

 

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Darbar – Movie review

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.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2020 in Movie Review

 

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My Top 10 Tamil Films of 2019

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2020 in Movie Review

 

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