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Production: 2D Entertainment | Cast: Nithya Menen, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan, Suriya | Direction: Vikram K Kumar | Screenplay: Vikram K Kumar | Story: Vikram K Kumar | Cinematography: Tirru | Editing: Prawin Pudi | Art direction: Amit Ray, Subratha Chakraborty | Dance choreography: Brindha, Dinesh, Raju Sundaram, Sridhar Master | Distribution: KE Gnanavel Raja - Studio Green

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24 MOVIE REVIEW

Review By : Behindwoods Review Board Release Date : May 06,2016
Movie Run Time : 2 hours and 44 Minutes Censor Rating : U

Suriya’s 24 is a brilliant film made by Vikram K Kumar!

 

Wondering why the review starts without any build-up and right away cuts to the point? It is because, that is how director Vikram K Kumar starts his narration in 24, which from the very first breath starts to grow in front of your eyes. Absolutely no time taken in setting up the plot or leeway given to the audience to settle down - Beware, for this particular film, it is a mandate to watch it from the first for you to enjoy the complete essence of the story; please avoid walking into the cinema hall late!

 

The ultimate fact of life that solution to almost every problem or conflict in one’s life can be fixed if ‘time’ was manipulative. Now, using this fact to tell a story is more than a smart move, as stories are about conflicts and the subsequent resolutions. This is where Suriya’s 24 does not struggle even a bit to captivate you as it chooses ‘time travel’ as its primary concept.

 

The conflict in this particular film and how it marches towards resolution cannot be explained even by Vikram K Kumar himself by text, one needs to watch the film to understand. At the same time, only a strong bound script can result in a cinema like this and Vikram K Kumar needs to take bow at this instance. Every now and then you might be reminded of your maths class where you always worked towards making the Left Hand side (LHS) equal to Right Hand Side (RHS) as Vikram has penned this screenplay in such a manner. There is not a single insertion shot for the sake of it or standing null with meaning. Brilliance and command in the craft of storytelling keep hitting you hard; making you not want to take your eyes off the screen.

 

There might be a common argument criticizing the romance sequence and the decision to have chosen this episode to tell the power of an important gadget in the film. But what one shouldn’t forget is, a storyteller is given the tag ‘smart’ only when he understands his whole wide range of audience and designs the elements of his story accordingly. To make it simple, it is not wrong to tell the “kaaka vada sutta” story to a toddler to emphasize that greediness results in loss. In fact, that is a smart choice! But this in no way makes it look like Vikram hasn’t respected the intellect of his audience. His respect for them shines at the very instance of choosing to make a sci-fi in an entertaining manner.

 

24 is all about Suriya. Every emotion is portrayed in his point of view; from love to comedy to pain to revenge, it all comes under his coverage as he plays three important roles in the film.  As a viewer you feel happy as he patiently communicates them to the audience with utmost sincerity. Special mention to his ‘Athreya’ avatar. It is an experience and it is best understood by experiencing it.

 

Saranya Ponvannan manages to still excite you as a loving mother because every time she plays that role she brings out a uniqueness to it. Nithya Menen neatly does her job without showing off the effort or the attempt. Samantha does her usual kind of role, but her character’s contribution to the tale stands vital. Appreciations to other actors like Ajay, Sathyan, Appukutty, Girish Karnad, Mohan Raman and the others who support the process of the narration.

 

Today’s development in technology is more like a genie where it lets a creator wish for anything and it makes it happen. Flawless CG and VFX work is 24’s USP. Cinematographer Tirru proves his mettle yet again by taking complete charge over the camera and its aspects like lighting, framing, colour scheme etc. Prawin Pudi’s work with scissors consciously strives and succeeds in not disturbing the growth of the story. But overall one does get a feeling that the movie could have been trimmer by ten minutes. The action sequences were well choreographed and were shot effectively.

 

24’s album has already offered itself to our playlist and the visuals are only going to make its stay on the list a longer one. The BGM in typical AR Rahman style sets the mood right for the tale. Choosing a lullaby to establish the lab and introduce the technicians is a mention worthy move.

 

2D Entertainment & Studio Green should continue engaging in such daring, experimental ventures and widen the scope for storytellers in our industry.

 


 

 

Verdict: 24 with all its qualities is a step in the right direction for Tamil cinema.
3.25
( 3.25 / 5.0 )

24 SONGS REVIEW

Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Apr 11,2016

24 is an upcoming sci-fi film starring Suriya, Samantha and Nithya Menen in lead roles. The music for this film is composed by A.R.Rahman and the film is directed by Vikram Kumar. 

Kaalam En Kaadhali
Singers: Benny Dayal, Shashwat Singh, Abhay Jodhpurkar
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

The most anticipated album of this season begins with the single which has already made waves all over. Benny Dayal’s trendiest vocals are tossed with velvety electric guitar, experimental percussions and Hip-Hop touches. The contrasting nadaswaram in electronic mode is another master stroke by the composer. An impressive fusion experiment for the modern age listener! 

Naan Un
Singers: Arijit Singh, Chinmayi Sripada
Lyrics: Madan Karky

The album takes an unexpected yet beautiful journey to nostalgia with a sweetest sounding duet from the husky vocals of Arijit Singh and Chinmayi. The delicate guitar strums, mild treble and laid back progression are the biggest assets of this composition. The mild jaltarang and emotional violin solo add to the period feel perfectly!

Mei Nigara
Singers: Sid Sriram, Sanah Moidutty, Jonita Gandhi
Lyrics: Madan Karky

The powerhouse of talent and A.R.Rahman’s favourite Sid Sriram makes his strong presence felt with a folksy jazz rendition.  The presentation has the flavours of Reggae and modern Hip-Hop which strikes a balance with the contemporary Tamil folk in brilliant style. The timely usage of riffs and Jazz keys work perfectly well for this stylish number.

Punnagaye
Singers: Haricharan, Shashaa Tirupati
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

A paced up classical number arrives from the talented singers Haricharan and Shashaa Tirupati. Though it begins in Carnatic Raaga Hindolam, it oscillates to modern sounds and heavy percussions, but the bigger credit goes to Vairamuthu for fantastic lyrics. The tribal flute makes its refreshing appearance now and then but the oscillation between two contrasting genres of music could have been handled better.

Aararoo
Singer: Shaktisree Gopalan
Lyrics: Madan Karky

An unplugged lullaby from the melodious voice of Shaktisree Gopalan slows down things a bit in grace and style. Instead of using a folk style tune, here is a Country styled number with acoustic guitar ably following the lead vocals. Madan Karky’s lyrics strike the point with simple yet effective usage of terms and depiction of mother’s love.

My Twin Brother 
Singers: Srinivasa Krishnan, Hriday Gattani

A kaleidoscope like instrumental track paves the way for the finale in the so called ARR style. Along with religious chants, the track attempts to strike a balance between Western symphony and rustic instruments as well.  More or less, the track builds up necessary tension and anxiety in terms of musical brilliance.

Verdict: 24 - Funky, fun and yet soulful Rahman to the fore
3.25
( 3.25 / 5.0 )

24 CHENNAI BOX OFFICE

Week : 4
Total collections in Chennai : Rs. 5,15,46,476
Chennai city verdict: Above Average




24 (aka) 24 The Movie

24 (aka) 24 The Movie is a Tamil movie with production by 2D Entertainment, direction by Vikram K Kumar, cinematography by Tirru, editing by Prawin Pudi. The cast of 24 (aka) 24 The Movie includes Nithya Menen, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan, Suriya..