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VIVEGAM (2017)

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Director: Siva
Casts: Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Agarwal, Akshara Hassan, Karunakaran
Music: Anirudh
Language: Tamil
Genre: Action / Adventure / Crime

Plot:
An Interpol agent, AK (Ajith Kumar) sets out for a revenge against his friends who work for a secret society.

Review:
After delivering two commercially successful films, ‘Veeram (2013)’ and ‘Vedalam (2015)’, ‘Vivegam’ marks Ajith-Siva’s third collaboration. Looking at the trailers and promotion, the film was touted to be a crime thriller that looks and feels westernised. So will the combo hit a hat trick?
Despite the Hollywood treatment, we know that we are watching a Siva film when even an American utters a punch dialogue in the starting scene. After a breathtaking intro and a far fetched pre-title stunt sequence, the audience are left with whether to excite or hesitate.

The main problem with Vivegam is that it takes good ideas and delivers it with overblown cinematic liberties that might kill off the intention. The roman…

TARAMANI (2017)

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Director: Ram
Casts: Andrea Jeremiah, Vasanth Ravi, Azhagam Perumal
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Language: Tamil
Genre: Drama / Romance

Plot:
An orthodox youngster and a free-spirited single mother fall in love, only to understand that they are different in all aspects of life.

Review:
After a remarkable debut with ‘Katrathu Tamil’ in 2008, Ram has been always seen as an activist in Tamil cinema who strongly believe in subjects that echoes the shortcomings in the society. ‘Thangameengal’ has sharp view on not only parenting but also expectations that the impartial education system possess. After three years of struggle, Ram’s intense love story, ‘Taramani’ has seen the light.

The film starts off with Ram’s witty narration that how the story is going to have random nature and open ended treatment. “Monangalunu ninaicha, monangaalu, mottai thalanu ninaicha, motta thala”. The film then transits to a intense, eccentric and yet a poignant love story.

The film’s main strength is it’s blatantness. Unl…

VELLAILLA PATTATHAARI 2 (2017)

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Director: Soundarya Rajinikanth
Casts: Dhanush, Kajol, Vivek, Amala Paul, Samuthirakani
Music: Sean Roldan & Anirudh (theme)
Language: Tamil
Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama

Plot:
An award winning Engineer clashes with a leading Architect after rejecting her job offer, leading him to face continuous challenges that results him to be back as an unemployed individual once again. How he rises back forms the crux of the film.

Review:
‘VIP’ became an instant hit among the audience due to the raw, emotional story it had that many youth and graduates can easily relate too. In all angles, the degree of realism was converged very well with commercialism, giving a cliche but a powerfully presented family entertainer. It is not an easy task to create a sequel for a blockbuster and at the same time retain the simplicity of the concept that talks about unemployed youth.

Soundarya Rajinikanth who made a debut in directing with the mammoth motion capture animated film, Kochadaiyan (2014) has tried to pr…

NIBUNAN (2017)

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 Director: Arun Vaidyanathan Casts: Arjun Sarja, Prasanna, Vaibhav, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shruthi Hariharan Music: S. Navin Language: Tamil Genre: Action / Crime / Thriller
Plot: DSP Ranjith (Arjun) and his two subordinates are on a mission to hunt down a psychotic serial killer who murders with complex patterns that leaves a clue for the next.
Review: It is always a delight when you know that a promising director like Arun is coming back to direct after almost ten years. After his dazzling debut with the universally acclaimed ‘Achchamundu Achchamundu (2008)’, Arun has whipped up an intense crime thriller with Action Arjun. Coincidentally, it’s the veteran actor’s 150th film. Will it be a memorable venture?
The main challenge for Arun as a director is to come up with a fresh police film for an actor like Arjun who has don

BABY DRIVER (2017)

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                                                                                          Critic - No.121 Director: Edgar Wright Casts: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eriza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx Music: Steven Price Language: English Genre: Action / Crime / Music
Plot: A young getaway driver vows to be part of a final heist before starting a life with his soul mate. However, he is forced into another dangerous crime doomed to fail.
Review: You can never expect something straightforward or downright serious from a filmmaker like Edgar Wright. After a series of summer blockbusters filled with CGI galore, Edgar Wright brings you to the days where movies were thrilling with swift plot twist, racy wheel chases and a sprinkle of clich├ęd but admirable romantic kisses.
The film opens up with a long take of Baby walking through a day of heist accompanied by his energetic, driving playlist. The sequence evolves into a racy car chase as the crew scoots off after heist. But all these are …

VIKRAM VEDHA (2017)

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                                                                                          Critic - No.120 Director: Pushkar-Gayathri Casts: R.Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi, Kathir, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shraddha Srinath, Prem Music: Sam C.S Language: Tamil Genre: Crime / Mystery / Thriller
Plot: ‘Vikram Vedha’ is a cat and mouse chase of conscience between a loyal police officer and dreaded gangster.
Review: Pushkar-Gayathri is a director duo that sparked off the new age film making through their whacky treatment in ‘Oram Po’ back in 2007. I believe that they gave two films that had all the potential to become a game changer in Kollywood. However, the reception for new age films was relatively lower during 2007-2010, a time where masala biggies were dominating. Cut to 2017, the duo strikes back with an exciting combination and concept that has made the right noise this time from the very first announcement.
The film opens up with an animated depiction of Vikramathithiyan and Vedalam tales that b…

DUNKIRK (2017)

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                                                                                          Critic - No.119
Director: Christopher Nolan Casts: Fionn Whitehead,Tom Glynn Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Cilliam Murphy, MarkRylance Music: Hans Zimmer Language: English Genre: Action / Drama / History
Plot: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Review: After an experimental last entry, ‘Interstellar (2014)’, the contemporary auteur, Christopher Nolan is back with a story rooted to the hearts of many who were affected by the Dunkirk incident during the World War II. The significant historical moment is told in a gripping way with more personal moments than a grand scale war spectacle. By dividing the story into three parts (mole, sea and air), Nolan packs unpredictable turns and emotional peaks that converge into a powerful climax.
Running for a crisp 106 minutes, the film marks a…