'Action' Movie Review
Starring: Vishal, Tamannah, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Ramki, Kabir Duhan Singh
Director: Sundar C
Music Director: Hip Hop Tamizha
Editor: N. B. Srikanth
Actor Vishal is back onscreen again with 'Action'. Termed as a sleek action flick, it gained good buzz with its stylish trailers and posters. Tamanna is the female lead and this Sundar C directorial has hit the screens this 15th November. Let us get into the complete details.
Son of state's Chief Minister, Subhash (Vishal) is an army officer and arrives home to spend time with his family. During this time, his father announces his elder brother as his political heir and while they are arranging a big meeting, a tragic bomb blast takes place and kills many people including Subhash's would-be wife (Aishwarya Lekshmi). The next day, his elder brother commits suicide by hanging himself to the roof. Devastated by this, Subhash decides to find out the people behind and how far it takes him to seek revenge forms the rest of the story.
'Action' as the title suggests is filled with a lot of hard action sequences. The film kicks-off with a massive chase out of nowhere and then goes back to the beginning of the plot. The major highlight of the film is its high-octane thrilling action scenes. Action lovers are in for a good treat. The basic premise of the film looks interesting and it is narrated with good flow throughout. What stands out the most is the 15 minutes chase scene before the interval. It is superbly choreographed and well picturized by the team. The family emotions in the first half worked out well which lays a solid foundation for the protagonist's motive for the rest of the movie. The screenplay during the first half is racy and director Sundar who made horror flicks like 'Chandrakala', 'Kalavathi' and comic caper like 'Maga Maharaju' earlier manages to come up with a full-length action film with a decent budget.
Like most big hero films, 'Action' too suffers from over-commercialization. Despite having a good plot and interesting screenplay, the director tried to infuse comedy scenes which were completely unnecessary. It not only spoiled the mood and flow of the film but also increased the runtime. Also, he dedicated three songs for three heroines in this serious film which acted as hindrances to the proceedings. The logic goes for a toss at many places like hero crosses country borders with no difficulty and he easily steals thousands of crores from a bank account as if he is a professional hacker. The main villain character is designed poorly and he doesn't show the menace but acts loudly instead. The last 20 minutes of the film is a letdown is it seems to be inspired by films like 'Baby' and recent spy thrillers and offers nothing new or interesting.
After a racy first half, the film turns slow in the latter part with its sluggish narration. Also, 150 minutes of runtime is excessive for an action flick and it should have been trimmed by at least 15 minutes.
Vishal is at his best doing action sequences like crushing the baddies or jumping from the roofs. He did not have any special scenes to showcase his acting prowess and he looked serious most of the time. Tamanna did her part of supporting the hero well and she appeared smoking hot in the romantic song.
Aishwarya Lekshmi impresses in her brief role and Akanksha Puri is good as the assassin and looked very glamorous.
Kabir Singh fails to impress with his villainy act while Yogi Babu doesn't tickle your funny bones. The rest of the cast included mostly the Tamil actors and they were okay.
'Action' is quite good on the technical front. The cinematography is stunning as Dudley ably captured rich locations like London, Istanbul and others. Songs from Hiphop Tamizha doesn't register but he elevates the film with his background score. The artwork is fantastic while the CG appears a bit tacky as certain stunts look weird onscreen. On the whole, they did a good job considering the budget constraints. Editing could have been better as certain comedy and dragging scenes could have been chopped off. The production values from Vishal are grand.
Sundar C comes up with an interesting plot and a cent screenplay. His direction too was impressive as he handled action and emotional sequences quite well. Had he not stuffed lame comedy scenes for commercial purposes and handled the second half in a better manner, the film could have reached the next level.
Bottom Line: Good 'Action' Flick But Nothing Great!