Vikram movie review: Fahadh Faasil steals the show in this action entertainer. regional news

Thin layer: Vikram
Duration: 174 minutes
the director: Lokesh Kanakraju
Throw: Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Fahad Fasil, Kalidas, Chemban Vinod Jose, Harish Peradi, Gayatri, Surya, Narayan and Santhana Bharti.
Rating: 3.5/5

‘Vikram’ is a very good film with an eclectic rendition of action sequences and the unmistakable signature of director Lokesh Kanakraj.

Earlier there were situations when directors, to please their lead actors, were making films that were originally on their mind. But to his credit, Lokesh Kanakraj has his nerves and more importantly, called the shots. The film does not leave anyone doubting that he has told the story exactly the way he wanted it to be.

The story begins with a series of murders. A group of trained masked men, who claim to be fighting against the system, kill three people one after the other. First among those killed is Prabhanjan (Kalidas Jayaram), a police officer actively involved in the seizure of large quantities of raw materials needed to prepare cocaine.

The next person is identified as Stephen Raj (Harish Peradi) and the third is Karnan (Kamal Haasan), who is believed to be Prabhanjan’s adoptive father.

The killings don’t seem to stop anytime soon, worrying the police chief (Chemban Vinod Jose). He chooses to bring in a special Black Ops team led by Amar (Fahd Faasil) to track down and eliminate the gang of masked killers.

The Black Ops team begins its work. Of the three murders, Karnan’s death caught Amar’s attention as the other two are government employees.

He begins to carefully investigate Karnan’s death, eventually discovering that there really is more to meet the eye. She learns that Karnan intentionally revealed himself as a womanizer, alcoholic and drug addict only to the people around him so that he could without a doubt go after the big fish.

Eventually, he learns that Karnan is actually Vikram and that he was going after Sandhanam (Vijay Sethupathi), a drug addict and a drug lord, who has a huge family that includes three wives and an army of thugs.

Why is Vikram after Sandhanam? Is Vikram still alive? Who is Vikram really? Does Vikram manage to make Sandhanam better? What does Amar do? ‘Vikram’ answers questions like these — and many more.

The film works as an action entertainer but does not leave you impressed or in awe. This is a bit disappointing, considering that it has a heavy cast like Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi and the expectations from the film were quite high. Most of the action sequences are intense. But what they fail to establish is the emotional connection. One or two sequences that manage to establish a connect work big time.

Take for example the fight sequence in which a female team member identified as Tina breaks her cover as a maid to deal with thugs who enter Karnan’s house to kill Vikram’s grandson . This sequence works for a long time. But unfortunately for the makers, the same cannot be said about many other action sequences in the film.

Another aspect of the film that doesn’t work in its favor is the narration. The way the story is told in the first half, it becomes difficult for the audience to follow the plot.

It’s not that the sequences don’t add up. They do. It’s just that if the audience is to follow the story they have to make a conscious and determined effort to take into account all the details of the plot.

Apart from this, the story of the film has many elements in common with the story of ‘Kaithi’, one of Lokesh Kanakraj’s earlier films, which gives room for boredom.

For example, ‘Kathy’ was also about goons who wanted to retrieve the drugs confiscated by the authorities. In ‘Kaithi’ the protagonist was also looking to get out of a tight corner by using powerful weapons and ammunition. There are many more similarities, but this should be enough to make the point clear.

On the positive side, the film has some great performances coming from its lead cast. Kamal Haasan has done a good job of playing the role of Vikram as does Vijay Sethupathi who plays the character of Sandhanam. The characterization of Sandhanam makes Vijay Sethupathi’s performance all the more appealing.

For example, the mafia don, we are told, takes specific drugs for specific situations. If he is losing a fight he needs to win, he takes a specific drug. If he needs his senses to be alert to track down the bomb planted in his place, he takes another. Vijay Sethupathi just revels in this role.

But it fails as the Black Ops team is led by Amar who steals the show. Sharp, smart and sharp, Fahadh manages to grab everyone’s attention, despite sharing screen space with some of the most powerful actors in the film industry.

The film has a good background score by Anirudh and some exceptional scenes by Girish Gangadharan.

Overall, ‘Vikram’ works well if it is seen as an action entertainer. One cannot breathe a sigh of despair, however, when one realizes that this film could be much more than what it has been made of right now.

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