8MM review: Jaggesh shines in a gripping crime drama

8MM review

Run-time: 146 minutes

Certification: U/A

Language: Kannada

Release Date: November 16, 2018

Banner: Hari Charan Arts and Saanvi Creations

Direction: Hari Krishna S

Cast:  Jaggesh, Vasishta N. Simha, Mayuri Kyatari, Rockline Venkatesh, Shobhraj, Aadhi Lokesh and Others

What’s the movie about?

A remake of Hit Tamil film 8 Thottakal [which itself is an adaption of Akira Kurosawa’s “Stray dogs”[1949]], 8MM Bullet deals with the life of an honest police officer (Vasishta Simha),who loses his service gun on duty. What happens when the gun gets into the hands of a common man “Srinivasa Murthy” [Played by Jaggesh] who uses it for a crime,forms the crux of the story.

What Works?

This film without a doubt ,is a faithful remake of 8 Thottakal. Thanks to the tight screenplay,8MM sticks to its genre for most of the part. Director Hari Krishna S has to be applauded for staying true to the original film and stopping it from being a substandard interpretation. Jaggesh who plays steals the show with a nuanced performance here. The veteran actor who is known for a career filled with comedic performances, has took a huge leap for faith for this character which actually worked well for the film. Vashishta Simha has delivered another fine performance after Tagaru and Mufti. Mayuri  who plays the role of a reporter has been aptly casted. Rest of the cast including Shobhraj, Rockline Venkatesh and Adhi Lokesh have served justice for their roles. Judah Sandy’s background score is commendable. Suresh Arumugam’s crisp editing holds the film well till end.

What Doesn’t?

Two romantic songs which could have been easily avoided acts as a speed breaker here. Jaggesh’s voice modulation during the beginning of the film is kind of jarring. First half of the film also suffers from a slow narration.


Overall, 8MM is an excellent crime drama which definitely keeps us engaging for most of the part. And for Jaggesh’s performance itself, this film deserves a watch.

Rating:  3.5/5

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