January 16, 2020
Mohanlal, Mirnaa Menon, Arbaaz Khan, Gaadha, Honey Rose, Siddique, Anoop Menon, Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Asif Basra,
When a man has spent 24 years of his life behind bars, adjusting to the world would obviously be a challenge. Mohanlal plays one such chap, 40-something-year-old was convicted for murder as a teenager and two dozen years later is now set for life outside a prison cell.
You heard that right: Lalettan, who turns 60 this summer, plays a character who has barely crossed 40 in . That should have been the first warning sign that this film would turn out to be yet another embarrassing misadventure in the superstar’s filmography that has for at least a decade now been dominated by repetitive, unimaginative works desperately trying to convince audiences that he is forever young and forever attractive to women young enough to be his granddaughters.
Towards the latter end, stars a baby-faced girl called Mirnaa Menon who falls for Sachidanandan and Sachidanandan
is about how Sachidanandan’s efforts to adjust to freedom are eclipsed by a faceless, omniscient drug kingpin called Edwin Moses. Why Moses is after him is a question the uninteresting answer to which comes in the climax. Through the inexorable 2 hours and 45 minutes that pass between the beginning and the end of this torturous film, we meet Vishnu’s
Veteran actor Siddique too is cast in a pointless role in this pointless enterprise.
One of the few innovations I can recall from this film is the villain sending explosives-laden toy cars to chase the hero and his sidekicks in a godown. But that high lasts just for a few seconds. There is also a reference early on to an unusual natural ability Sachidanandan possesses. That too, after a while, plays little to no part in the proceedings. A rather sensational example of systemic police corruption revealed in the beginning again comes to nought.
For a film that is supposed to be a thriller, offers zero excitement after the initial fleeting suspense over how the hero once used his extraordinary gift for an extraordinary purpose.
to the point of being sad
Feel the “Lalhood” – that was the tagline flashed at the end of ’s trailer. Maybe
Rating (out of 5 stars): 0.25
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