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Film Review - Marudhamalai
By Jyothsna and Movie Guru
Movie review


Cast: Arjun, Nila, Vadivelu, Raghuvaran, Nasser

Direction: Suraj

Music: D Imman

Production: Oscar Ravichandran

Marudhamalai is the latest action flick from the king of action, Arjun. And when Oscar Ravichandran is backing the project the expectation and curiosity naturally soars.

The story is about a young man(!?) Arjun who is trained by his constable father to become a respected police officer. Arjun passes and gets posted in a place called Nachiapuram which is run by a king maker Lal who has made sure that elections are not conducted there for sixteen years. Anyone who dares to file their nomination paper ends up being slaughtered in public. Raghuvaran who is the election commissioner comes to Nachiapuram to conduct the long pending election which is naturally disliked by the king maker. On the day of election Lal tries to disrupt the peace and Arjun intervenes and arrests him. The villain pledges to take revenge and the rest of the story is about whether Lal succeeds in beating Arjun or whether Arjun has the last word?

If the story reminds you of the recent Ajith starrer Kreedom, it is only natural especially the first half but this movie is more of a commercial pot boiler. Suraj who directed Sundar C’s Thalainagaram wields the megaphone in Marudhamalai too. He has given a fast first half, but romance and action act as speed breaker in the second half. Please leave your thinking cap outside the theatres as the director does not seem to give credit to the audience’s intelligence. There is a sequence where the villain is in remand for fifteen days and the related events that happen outside far exceed the fifteen day mark. There is no synchronization of Nila’s voice with her lip movement and in many scenes dialogues seem to continue even after she closes her mouth.

In the acting department, Arjun as the action hero proves yet again why he is called the Action king. He has acted well and has done the action sequence with passion. Nila is there for filling the glamour quotient and is beautiful in the songs. Nasser and Raghuvaran also have done a neat job. Lal as the villain is plain average. Vadivelu is actually the real hero of the movie, he is a complete laugh riot, and his English usage will surely go down well with the masses. But sometimes his comedy degrades police personnel a lot which could have been avoided.

In the technical department the movie has a passable music score by Imman. Vaithiya and V.K. Senthil Kumar take care of cinematography and the shots where Lal meets Raghuvaran and challenges are fine examples. Dance choreography by Raju Sundaram has nothing special but his taste in ‘Yennavilai’ song is a worrying factor for Tamil cinema. The action sequences are over the top with no respect to gravity or physics.

On the whole a good fun filled first half and illogical second half explains Marudhamalai. B and C Centers may lap it up.

- Fun filled first half and illogical second half

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