Starring: Ashok Selvan, Sanchitha, Nasser, Pizza Jayakumar, Boys Rajan, Veera Santhanam and many more
Editing: Leo John Paul
Cinematography: Deepak Kumar
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Written and Directed by : Deepan
First things first. There was much speculation about the film being a sequel to Pizza, which was one of the most original and acclaimed horror movies of recent years. Besides the title, however, Pizza 2 – The Villa has absolutely no connection to that film, the name has been used as a franchise by the producer, who perhaps plans to release an entire Pizza series.
The story of Pizza 2 – The Villa revolves around a young writer, Jebin (Ashok Selvan), who has inherited a villa in Puducherry after his father Nasser’s death. Aarthi (Sanchitha) a painter is his love interest. Although Jebin wants to sell the villa, he moves in temporarily to write his second book. He finds the house full of beautiful antique furniture and paintings. One particular painting, which seems like the blueprint of the house, leads him to a locked room, where he finds still more paintings. To his surprise, Jebin finds that the paintings tell a story, in sequence, which pretty much reflects his own life story, accurately predicting the events happening in his life and ending with his violent death. Jebin feels helpless and terrified as things continue to happen as predicted. The suspense lies in whether he can escape the prophetic end.
Firstly, the credit for churning out a brilliant movie should go to director and newcomer Deepan Chakravarthy. The run time of The Villa is just 1 hour and 42 minutes. Indeed, it is the shortest Tamil movie in the recent years. Deepan has also brought out the best from his technical team and it comes as a big plus point to the flick.
Performance wise, Ashok Selvan and Sanchitha are just okay. One would expect actors to set a perfect mood with their emotions in this genre and the duo, though budding actors, doesn’t emote well but the biggest hero is editor Leo John Paul. His crisp editing stands out as a winner. Santhosh Narayanan has delivered an extraordinary background score for The Villa. And also his songs are short, which doesn’t distract the audience. Deepak Kumar’s cinematography is outstanding. His camera movements and angles are brilliant.
The movie takes a little over 30 minutes to settle down and get to the point. The time taken is vast compared to its short runtime. Second half has some effectively executed scenes like showcasing negative energy, showing the climax destiny effect. Nevertheless, many scenes fail to add up to the spooky factor. The ending, thus, is inevitable. We sit up expecting a twist, revealed with a flourish, but the understated nature of what actually happens is perhaps the bigger twist.
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