16 Nov 2012 ● Malayalam ● 2 hrs 15 mins
Movie: Theevram (U)
Rating : 4/5
I had just watched KAMMATTIPAADAM the previous day before watching THEEVRAM. I had heard a lot about this film and it looked interesting. I had also read somewhere that the Hindi action film BADLAPUR (2015) has an almost similar storyline to this film released in 2012. That steamed up my desire to watch it. And yes, I can say that THEEVRAM is a film which takes itself and it's title very seriously. So, seriously that it thrills till the end.
Dulquer Salmaan impresses one more time. This time he has a different role to play. His inner feelings come out as his facial expressions. He's stupendous. The duo of Sreenivasan and Vinay Forrt entertains with its intelligence and also, some cool humour that I couldn't stop laughing at. Anu Mohan as the villain is terrific and menacing. Vishnu Raghav plays his part well. So do Riya Saira and Shikha Nair, in their respective parts.
The music is good. Thankfully, the first half is not occupied by any romantic scenes or songs. The story and screenplay are both praiseworthy. Several concepts presented by Roopesh Peethambaran can make you think he's a super genius. The action scenes are terrific, although they are not too much in this film. The film has been shot with a terrific visual technique which makes this film stand out. I can't tell that thing, watch it yourself and you will easily realize.
The film has some mild flaws. The first half runs at a great pace with no hindrance to the story and reaches an ultimate interval blockade. But it's in the second half that the film begins to slow down as the flashback episodes start rolling in. The episodes could have been shorter though. Even if around 25 minutes of these episodes had bee trimmed out, one would have found out what's the flashback all about. But since these scenes are light hearted and cleanly entertaining, there's nothing much to bother.
Although the film has bloodless action and has scenes which are either investigative, dark or light hearted, yet the film has some extreme scenes of graphic violence, which make you think how come the censor board passed it with a U certificate without deleting these scenes? But that's not a big issue at all.
Overall, THEEVRAM is an interesting piece of an artwork by Roopesh Peethambaran. It's Dulquer and the terrific script that together make this film exciting. It's one of the finest action thrillers I have ever seen.