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24 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A remarkable attempt!"

What would you do if you have a watch that not only displays time but also allows you to travel back and forth? Well, I would stop myself from joining Engineering. 

The most awaited film of the year 24; directed by Vikram Kumar stars Suriya in a triple role. The film demystifies one of the most complicated theory and impossible thing to do – Time Travel.

While certain directors intricate the movie by explaining the theory of time travelling, Vikram Kumar had made this film with minimal to zero elaboration of concepts making it easier to understand.

Athreya (Suriya) is the new badass villain in the tinsel town. Though the character is trapped in a wheelchair, Suriya hasn’t failed to show utmost evilness with his looks, body language and dialogue delivery and joins the elite club of baddies. 

Sethuraman (Suriya) is an innocent scientist and the twin brother of Athreya, living a peaceful life with his wife Priya (Nithya Menon) and child. He spends most of the time in his laboratory and works dedicatedly on his Project 24 (A watch which can be used to control the time). Things change when Athreya comes in search of him for the watch and what happens next forms the beginning of the movie. 

Mani (Suriya) is a happy-go-lucky guy and has a watch repair shop. He falls in love with Sathya (Samantha) who comes as a customer to his shop. He has the Project 24 with him and once he gets to know what the watch could do, he has some fun with it until Athreya comes in search of it. 

Samantha is an oozing beauty. Though she has limited screen time, she makes sure everyone falls in love with her eyes and expressions. Saranya Ponvannan, Ajay, Sathyan, Appukutty, Girish Karnad, Mohan Raman and others have done the role of supporting the narration with perfection. 
 
The biggest plus of the movie is its special effects. 24 have one of the best visuals in Tamil cinema industry. They were indeed spell bounding and the flawless CG and VFX along with Thirru’s cinematography made the movie look visually rich. 

A.R.Rahman, his songs and background score serve as another backbone to the film. While the songs are already ruling our playlist, the perfectly scored background music especially the Athreya Theme gives goosebumps.

A simple story made on a complex concept, yet it’s elegant and easy to understand. Vikram Kumar gives a wholesome entertainment for three hours. 

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Instant Movie Review #20 (OK Bangaram)

Mani Ratnam's - "OK Bangaram"

Positives:
1) Cinematograph
2) Music
3) Cast & Performances
4) Production Design

Negatives:
1) Story and Screenplay

Plot: In a contemporary world, OK Bangaram takes place in Mumbai and after an interesting first encounter, Adi and Tara become friends in a flash, as they find out that they share the same thoughts and opinions about marriage and many little things. Will the couple endure and carry through their relationship in love? 

Analysis: With one of the best storytellers in the business, Mani Ratnam, this film entirely suffers from a perplexed structure; many scenes for the movie feel random, slapdash, and it's either a hit or a miss. I certainly appreciate the mod offbeat storytelling aspect of the film, but when the screenwriter is trying to present a particular scene, he must make sure that it carries some importance to the content.

Bummed out with a sluggish story and screenplay, the cinematography is surely an astounding aspect in the movie. Every single frame in the movie had its own exquisiteness and magnificence, mainly PC Sreeram and the crew behind the camera and lighting department should be admired for their efforts.

Rahman's music stands out as another fascinating aspect, as it helps the movie throughout the process and renders support when it's needed.

Performances: The cast absolutely looks refreshing in the film, Dulquer Salmaan, and Nithya Menen were captivating and lovely in the movie. They had the perfect chemistry between each other and it surely worked even with a dull premise.

Verdict: Overall, OK Bangaram is a light-hearted movie filled with happy moments which are not plausible, as it never feels imposing. Watch it for the incredible camera work, euphonious and the appealing cast. 

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Son of Satyamurthy - Movie Review

With an imposing combination of a gigantic cast and a skillful director, Son of Satyamurthy recounts a striking story of Viraj (Allu Arjun), an affable moneyed man, who finds himself in a dejected situation after the death of his father as the narrative transacts between human values, relationships, and emotions. 

Quoted as a "Trivikram's Celluloid", this movie had all the attributes and traits we insist on. The complex and the eloquent dialogue raised the quality and made the movie much more compelling to watch. And the director's writing was competent when it comes to comedy and the way he articulated the moral values in the movie.

But, on the other side, the slapdash structure and the mundane screenplay (notably in the second half) which didn't really give the substance to few characters, made the movie a little tedious to watch.

Congested with a mighty potent star cast, performances from Allu Arjun, Samantha, Upendra, Rajendra Prasad and Nithya Menen were overall decent and could be better if they're given few brief characters.

Altogether, Son of Satyamurthy is filled with good thoughts and intentions and is a definite entertainer for a casual one-time watch. 

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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