Starring: Vikram, Nayanthara, Nithya Menon, Nasser, Thambi Ramaiah and many more
Editing : Bhuvan Srinivasan
Music : Harris Jeyaraj
Cinematography : RD Rajasekhar
Directed by: Anand Shankar
Vikram does a dual role. I was surprised on hearing this. Yes he has not done a dual role in his long career. He might have performed various roles and even dual variations but all that was in a single role and not as two separate roles. Anand Shankar has got the opportunity to direct him in dual roles. Lets see whether he has outlived the expectations.
Indian embassy in Malaysia is attacked by Love (Vikram) and the intelligence team seeks the help of Akilan (Vikram), who is on a sabbatical, to take control of the situation. Four years back, Akilan had destructed the underworld drug mafia of Love and finished him off, paying a huge price of losing his wife Meera (Nayanthara). Love who is still alive, gains back momentum and uses a drug called Speed in the form of an inhaler through which one’s energy gets multiplied that they almost become strong and uncontrollable for five minutes. As Akilan has an unsettled business with Love, he accepts to take up the mission and flies to Malaysia with his fellow RAW agent Ayushi (Nithya Menon). What happens next is rest.
The first half of the film is a roller-coaster ride with well etched out action sequences and a brilliant twist in the interval. But the movie slows down in the second and misses to utilize the concept of Speed well. The narrative lacks intensity and pace and unfolds rather blandly. Vikram is the sole reason for which the movie can be watched and he does not disappoint and keeps us entertained throughout. Nayanthara has a substantially good role and she is a big plus for the movie and we cannot imagine any other actress carry that role with so much style, elan and attitude.
Nithya Menon plays a role which can be performed by anyone else too. Thambi Ramaiah as the bungling cop succeeds in evoking very little laughter and is upstaged by many illogical scenes in the second half that provide unintentional comedy. Rajasekhar’s crystal clear cinematography adds plus to the film and he has captured the locations well. Bhuvan could have trimmed the film a bit. Harris’s songs are runaway hit and his BGM’s are okayish for an action film and nothing much to say.
Anand Shankar, who gave the highly promising ‘Arima Nambi‘, has tried to mix science with fiction and he has managed to reach the near pass mark. By having a very strong hero he has literally managed to create the needed buzz of the hour. But still he could have taken care of the logic a bit and could have altered the screenplay in a bit the second half is as engaging as first. Despite its commercial constraints, it turns out to be a fast-paced, no-nonsense movie laced with chemistry and history lessons on drugs..!! 🙂