Average Rating: 3
Total Critics: 7
Critic Reviews for The Boxtrolls
|Release Date :||09/27/2017|
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh, SJ Suryah, RJ Balaji, Priyadarshi
Director: AR Murugadoss
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Producer: Tagore Madhu, NV Prasad
Banner: NVR Cinema
Siva (Mahesh) works as a Intelligence Bureau call center executive for less salary despite having high academic qualifications and intelligence. He taps common peoples phones and solves their problems. Siva finds satisfaction in his job and also takes immense pride helping others.
One fine day, he happens to listen to a strange call. He finds out that a serial killer Bhairava is on murder spree. Now, Siva is on most challenging mission of his life as the killer hints at mass murder plot. He has to zeroe in on hidden psycho killer and save the people from his terror. What are Bhairava’s evil plans? Can Siva stop Bhairava and bring him to law?
Spyder has a thin plot. Its a screenplay driven film. Film starts off at slow note. Siva’s character is established in initial few scenes. Then comes romantic track between with Rakul which is not as much appealing. The film turns gripping with murders and Siva goes investigating. Villain’s character raises curiosity with the uncanny flashback that comes even before his actual introduction.
More than the interval bang, scenes that come post-interval takes the film to peak with some edge-of-the-seat moments. The mindgame between hero and villain are dealt with intelligence and the unpredictable scenes build excitement. The film has AR Murugadoss signature hard-hitting scenes and sentiments.
The film is lavishly made. Cinematography by Santosh Sivan is top-notch. VFX are good, especially in the boulder rolling scene. But climax didn’t appeal as much. Action choreography is like in any other movie. Background score is soul of the movie, it provide that racy feel to this thriller.
Mahesh Babu is apt as a spy. His subtle nuances are convincing the role of a intelligent guy. SJ Suryah delivers a terrific performance as baddie. Rakul just comes in for songs. Other cast of the film doesn’t have any space.
Spyder is made as Concept film and not a star film. Idea too is indigenous and it is commendable. Spyder is not inspired from James Bond film or a Hollywood super hero film as believed to be going by teasers. The film deals with petty problems as seen in usual life. Hero using technology and common public to tackle issues rather than running to any corner is good. The film doesn’t have regular hero swags or build up shots. His intelligent way of dealing with problems and philanthropy speaks volumes.
Spyder has got more of Tamil nativity with many Tamil actors. Though the film is set in Hyderabad, it appears as if watching a dubbed film with junior artists over reacting to situations. Technical brilliance goes unn0ticed with not so thrilling calamity episodes. Comedy didn’t work out and the film rarely has any entertainment quotient. Rakul has no place in the story, she comes in for couple of songs that are average.
Spyder is an ambitiously made project that crumbles under the burden of establishing itself as a landmark. The film has got quite a few interesting and thrilling moments. But the film being superstar Mahesh’s film, some aspects and expectations are unavoidable.
At the same time Spyder being directed by AR Murugadoss, his style impactful social message is also expected. Spyder neither satisfies both these expectations. Apparently, makers tried to balance both the aspects and ended up giving a haphazard product. Spyder is thrilling in bits and parts, but underwhelming as a whole