Review By : Release Date : Feb 24,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 33 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Lyca Productions Cast: Vijay Antony Direction: Jeeva Shankar Screenplay: Jeeva Shankar Story: Jeeva Shankar Music: Vijay Antony Background score: Vijay Antony

Vijay Antony never fails to surprise us with his choice of scripts. He has given us the confidence that he will not make bad movies. Let's see if he has proved this theory yet again. He is teaming up with his debut film director, Jeeva Shankar. Their first collaboration Naan was a success. How have they fared this time around with this political thriller bankrolled by Lyca Productions?

Vijay Antony is one actor who knows his own traits and flaws and chooses roles accordingly. Here he plays a confident young man who enters politics to save himself from his enemies. How he masters the political betrayal game and tackles his opponent’s moves is what Yaman all about. It is a political drama which rides more on emotions. So there is too much of talking but not much action on the floor.

Miya George looks pleasantly ravishing who is just there for the dance rigmarole. Thyagarajan, after a hiatus, makes his presence felt. Other supporting actors have also chipped in reasonably well as far as acting is concerned.

Jeeva Shankar’s camera works in tandem with the dictates of the script and other technical team has delivered what is necessary for the script. Jeeva has purposefully dichotomized his script into two, the first half concentrating on establishing the leads characteristic aspects and the second half on the political milieu. There are clever sparks in the dialogues but the film is not replete with them.

Although the film cannot much be said to move at a Grandprix speed, it does move at a reasonable pace in the first half but the later part of the film moves in a dull manner despite the story’s scope to make it an engaging drama. Beyond a point, the hero becomes an indestructible force that even his opponents have no clue to handle him. From that point, you are just waiting for the film to get over.

The theme’s track lingers on while other numbers are volatile in nature. The duet song in the second half is a speed breaker to the screenplay which appears a forced inclusion not justifying its presence. And the premise as such is not something that is new to Tamil cinema. Totting it up, if you are looking for some clever dialogues and an average political game not minding the pace, Yaman could be a decent watch.

Verdict: A political drama that has its share of moments


( 2.5 / 5.0 )




Yaman (aka) Yamen

Yaman (aka) Yamen is a Tamil movie with production by Lyca Productions, direction by Jeeva Shankar. The cast of Yaman (aka) Yamen includes Vijay Antony.