Spyder Movie Review: A spy thriller with a touch of romance!

Spyder Movie Review: A spy thriller with a touch of romance!

A surveillance expert who extends his arms to people ,comes across an evil antagonist. Can he stop the villain before he destroys everything?

Spyder :

CAST: Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh, SJ Suryah, Bharath, RJ Balaji, Shaji, Priyadarshi, Sayaji Shinde, Jayaprakash

DIRECTION: AR Murugadoss

GENRE: Action/Thriller

DURATION: 2 hours 26 minutes

AR Murugadoss Spyder is running successfully on the silver screens. The spy thriller is out in both Tamil as well as Telegu scripts. The writer cum director of Spyder promised a good watch, rightfully so it is up to the mark. Mahesh Babu and Rakul Preet Singh play the lead roles in the promising flick.

Harris Jayaraj has composed the music while Santosh Sivan handled cinematography. Production began in 2015, and the film’s principal photography commenced in July 2016. The Telugu trailer got over 9 million views while the Tamil trailer of the movie managed arround 4 million views on Youtube.

 

PLOT:

A surveillance expert who extends his arms to people ,comes across an evil antagonist. Can he stop the villain before he destroys everything?

REVIEW:

The protagonist of Spyder, Shiva (Mahesh Babu) is content to work in a job for which he is over-qualified. He wants to help people, even if he isn’t acknowledged for it. This drives him in the surveillance wing of the intelligence bureau, as part of a team that taps calls. But despite being instructed that listening to and recording the calls of public is illegal he proceeds. He plays saviour to people who need help with his software.

And one call that he receives leads him to Sudalai (SJ Suryah), the apparent antagonist. The evil psychopath who is the complete contrast to Shiva, seeks sadistic pleasure by putting people to harm.

AR Murugadoss takes some time to set up his story and also spends a few moments on the mandatory romantic track – here, it is Shalini, who plays the director’s version of cute girl, (even the director seems uninterested in these scenes) – but once you look away from this diversion, the portions in the first half are quite gripping…

Although the actress has no role whatsoever she lip-syncs very well.

Shiva’s methods to track down the killer of a young girl and his friend, and the chilling flashback portion of Sudalai set up things perfectly for an engrossing thriller.

And the anticipation builds to an altogether another level once Sudalai enters the scene.

However, the film kind of goes downhill after the interval.

Scenes start to become far-fetched (an episode involving Shiva using women to save a family held captive by Sudalai) and after a point, totally implausible (Shiva trying to stop a massive boulder from wrecking havoc).

And all this happens after a suspenseful scene that shows Shiva trying to save his family using his intelligence!

Santhosh Sivan lends the necessary gloss to the visuals, but Harris Jayaraj’s songs are pretty much speed breakers that only add to the length of the film, and kill whatever tension the battle between Shiva and Sudalai generates.

The director doesn’t even exploit the contrasting acting styles of his hero and villain to the full – the understated, almost Zen-like acting style of Mahesh Babu and the over-the-top, but crowd-pleasing performance of SJ Suryah. The writing lets the movie down entirely after a point and, unlike Thuppakki (which was also about a man trying to save and a man trying to destroy), what should have been an edge-of-the-seat cat-and-mouse game between good and evil turns into a movie that cannot decide between wanting to be a crackling thriller and an anything-goes masala movie.

 

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