Kaappaan movie review : A well acted ambitious attempt gone awry

Kaappaan Review

Run-time: 166 minutes

Certification: U/A

Language: Tamil

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Banner:  Lyca Productions

Direction: K V Anand

Cast:  Suriya, Mohanlal, Arya, Sayyeshaa, Boman Irani, Samuthirakani and Others

What’s the movie about?

Kathir (Suriya) is a SPG Commando and also an organic farmer back in his native place. He saves Prime Minister Chandrakanth Varma (Mohanlal) from a terrorist attack. Impressed by this, Prime Minster appoints him as his personal bodyguard. What happens next forms the crux of the story.

What Works?

Performances of Suriya and Mohanlal are a major take away. Versatile actor Suriya has done justice to his role and he is the backbone to this film. Veteran Malayalam actor Mohanlal plays an important role of Prime Minister and he pulls of the role with his effortless acting . Actor Arya as Abhi scores some brownie points with his comic timing. Another standout performer is Director cum actor Samuthirakani as Joseph.

Kaappaan is a lavish affair having rich production values which can be seen onscreen efficiently. Cinematography by M.S.Prabhu and Abinandhan Ramanujam is top class. Action sequences has been choreographed well and looks hard hitting on the screen. Credits should go to the choreographer for not going over the top. Pre-Interval scenes, Interval block, Pre-climax and Climax portions were terrific to watch.

What Doesn’t?

Movie which starts as action thriller, diverts from core plot to multiple genres. It doesn’t stick to one genre and juggles between social drama, romance and action thriller. Fair to say this movie is not consistent because the momentum gained by intense narration gets hampered by above mentioned problems. It tries too hard to satisfy the audiences of all sensitivities. Also, unnecessary song sequences and dragged narration further hampers the film.

Director had an interesting plot for an action thriller but messed up big time with diluted screenplay. Also there are some sequences which can be considered as non-viable. Lengthy run time is like salt to an open wound here. Editor Anthony and K V Anand should have taken care of it. Music and Background score by Harris Jayaraj is disappointing and it would be safe to say that Kaappaan is his worst outing till date. Actress Sayyeshaa did not have much of a scope to showcase her skills in the film.

Verdict: Overall, Kaappaan is an ambitious attempt which tries too much too hard yet falls flat. Performances of Suriya and Mohanlal are praiseworthy.

Rating:  2.5/5

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