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Vikram New (2022) – Movie Review

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Following a slew of police officials being murdered, a black op agent goes after a secretive gang of masked men that has declared war on the system, which is protecting a dangerous drug kingpin.

Lokesh Kanagaraj blends the espionage-filled world of Kamal Haasan’s Vikram from 1986 with his own action-packed universe of drug lordala and cops in Vikram, a predictably structured action film that is more concerned with establishing its world without truly immersing us within it. It satisfies some of the questions of a spy thriller while delivering the excitement of an action picture to some extent, but it doesn’t quite feel complete or elicit the adrenaline rush that a film with such ambitions should.

The film has an interesting start when Karnan (Kamal Haasan), the father of a slain police officer Prapanchan (Kalidas Jayaram), is assassinated. There has been a slew of similar murders, with a group of masked men assuming responsibility and labeling it their war against the system, which has drawn the attention of Police Chief Jose (Chemban Vinod Jose). Amar (Fahadh Faasil) puts together a black ops team to investigate Karnan’s background. Santhanam (Vijay Sethupathi), a powerful drug lord with a large family, is on the run to recover a shipment of raw material that will make him a kingpin. Meanwhile, Amar is perplexed by many versions of Karnan. Was he an alcoholic father mourning his son’s death, or was he just another womanizer? More significantly, is he still alive or dead?

The first half of Vikram is excellent, as we see Amar and his company attempting to make sense of the murders and catch the culprits. Even though Kamal Haasan isn’t in it much, we feel his presence throughout these sections, both as a character and an actor. There are references to Kamal Haasan’s filmography, from Nayakan to Anbe Sivam, and seeing them provides a tiny thrill, especially if you’re a fan. The actor, who is totally in action hero mode here, also gets a whistle-worthy sequence that leads to the interval. And Vijay Sethupathi appears to be continuing his excellent run of performances as a harsh antagonist in Master. In fact, the sequence’s juxtaposition with the prior events in this part evokes a comparable pattern seen previously in Master.

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The problem with this adaptation is that once the mystery surrounding Karnan is unraveled (which, for us, is a piece of cake), the story becomes rather bland. A modest number of cops should be able to hold out against an army of hoodlums. It’s something like what we got in Kaithi, but it doesn’t work as well here.

To his credit, Lokesh does attempt to provide an emotional undertone in the sub-plot involving Karnan and Prapanchan’s newborn, but it doesn’t affect us deeply enough. The arcs involving Amar and Sandhanam are also too predictable. Fahadh is more or less abandoned while Vijay Sethupathi appears to be attempting too hard to make his character appear distinct from what he did in Master. Narain’s Kaithi character, as Bejoy, the honest officer from the province, is likewise neglected. Even Suriya’s brief appearance in this installment, which is intended to set up for the next installment of what has now been dubbed Lokesh Kanagaraj Universe, is a little uninteresting.

The action sequences are well-choreographed, but they never leave us with a sense of urgency. There are a few nice images, such as zoom out and zoom in when Karnan and Amar exchange places, but the stunts fail to move us. In fact, the greatest crowd moment in a film filled with action heroes occurs during a stunt sequence featuring a female character. To be really impactful, Vikram required additional scenes like this. Watch free now on cinemahdv2

Trailer:

Vikram poster

Movie Name: Vikram

Cast Leads: Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Suriya, Fahadh Faasil, Gayathrie

Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj

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Producer: Kamal Haasan, Mahendran

Written by: Lokesh Kanagaraj, Rathna Kumar

Music: Anirudh Ravichander

Director Of Photography: Girish Gangadharan

Rate: 4.1/5

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