Duration: 174 minutes
Director: Lokesh Kanakaraj
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Kalidas, Chemban Vinod Jose, Hareesh Peradi, Gayathrie, Suriya, Narain and Santhana Bharathi.
‘Vikram’ is a fairly good movie that has a beneficiant serving of action sequences and the unmistakable signature of director Lokesh Kanakaraj on it.
There have been conditions earlier when administrators, seeking to please their lead actors, have ended up making movies which might be removed from what they initially had in thoughts. But to his credit score, Lokesh Kanakaraj appears to have held his nerve and extra importantly, known as the pictures. The movie leaves nobody in doubt that he`s narrated the story the approach he truly needed to.
The story begins with a sequence of killings. A gaggle of skilled masked males, who declare to be combating towards the system, kill three individuals one after the different. The first of these killed is Prabhanjan (Kalidas Jayaram), a police officer actively concerned in the seizure of an enormous amount of uncooked materials required to arrange cocaine.
The subsequent is an individual recognized as Stephen Raj (Hareesh Peradi) and the third is Karnan (Kamal Haasan), who’s believed to be the adopted father of Prabhanjan.
The killings don`t appear like stopping any time quickly, leaving the police chief (Chemban Vinod Jose) fearful. He chooses to convey in a specialised Black Ops staff led by Amar (Fahadh Faasil) to trace and get rid of the gang of masked murderers.
The Black Ops staff begins its work. Of the three killings, the loss of life of Karnan catches the consideration of Amar as the different two are authorities servants.
He begins to rigorously examine the loss of life of Karnan, ultimately discovering that there’s way more to what truly meets the eye. He figures out that Karnan had intentionally made himself appear as if a womaniser, alcoholic and drug addict solely to these round him to allow him to go after massive fish with out elevating suspicions.
Eventually, he realises that Karnan is in truth Vikram and that he was going after Sandhanam (Vijay Sethupathi), a drug addict and a drug lord who has an enormous household that features three wives and a military of thugs.
Why is Vikram after Sandhanam? Is Vikram nonetheless alive? Who is Vikram in actuality? Does Vikram handle to get the higher of Sandhanam? What does Amar do? `Vikram` solutions questions like these — and extra.
The movie works as an action entertainer, however doesn`t depart you impressed or awe-struck. That is a tad disappointing, contemplating that it has so many heavy-duty performers akin to Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi and expectations from the movie had been fairly excessive. Most action sequences are intense. however what they fail to determine is the emotional join. One or two of the sequences that handle to determine the join, work massive time.
Take as an illustration the combat sequence in which a girl staff member, recognized as Tina, blows her cowl as a maid to tackle the thugs coming into the home of Karnan to kill Vikram`s grandchild. This sequence works massive time. But sadly for the makers, the identical can’t be mentioned of a number of different action sequences in the movie.
One different side of the movie that doesn’t work in its favour is the narration. The method in which the story is narrated in the first half makes it tough for audiences to comply with the plot.
It just isn’t that the sequences don`t add up. They do. It is simply that the audiences need to make a acutely aware and decided effort to maintain all the particulars of the plot in thoughts in the event that they want to comply with the story.
That aside, the movie`s story has a number of parts in frequent with the story of one in every of Lokesh Kanakaraj`s earlier movies — `Kaithi`, giving room for boredom to set in.
For occasion, ‘Kaithi’ too was about goons seeking to reclaim medication that had been confiscated by the authorities. `Kaithi` additionally had the hero wanting to make use of highly effective arms and ammunition to wriggle out of a decent nook. There are a number of extra similarities, however these have to be adequate to make the level.
On the optimistic aspect, the movie has some spectacular performances coming from its lead artistes. Kamal Haasan does a neat job of taking part in Vikram as does Vijay Sethupathi who performs Sandhanam. The characterisation of Sandhanam makes Vijay Sethupathi`s efficiency that rather more interesting.
For occasion, the mafia don, we’re advised, takes particular medication for particular conditions. If he’s shedding a combat he must win, he takes a selected drug. If he wants his senses to be alert to trace a bomb that has been planted in his place, he takes one other. Vijay Sethupathi simply revels in this position.
But it’s Fahadh Faasil as the Black Ops staff lead Amar who steals the show. Sharp, sensible and swift, Fahadh manages to hog all the consideration, regardless of sharing display house with a few of the strongest performers in the movie trade.
The movie has an honest background rating by Anirudh and a few distinctive visuals by Girish Gangadharan.
On the entire, ‘Vikram’ works if one seems at it as simply an action entertainer. One can’t however heave a sigh of disappointment, nevertheless, when one realises that the movie might have been a lot greater than what it has simply been made into.