Vivekam Review: Great stunt sequences, but film fails to impress!

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Vivegam Review, Ajith Vivekam Movie Review

Telugu360 Rating : 2.5/5

Tamil star Ajith’s Vivegam is dubbed into Telugu as Vivekam released in 400 screens across the Telugu states. Directed by Siva, the film stars Kajal Aggarwal as the female lead and Vivek Oberoi as the prime antagonist.

The scintillating trailers set high expectations on the film. However, the lack of promotions in Telugu are proving costly as there is a low buzz in both the Telugu states. Let’s see if the film can live up to the expectations and emerge as a winner at the box office or not.

Story :
Vivekam is the story about challenges faced by Ajay Kumar alias AK (Ajith) who works as an agent in India’s Counter Terrorism Squad. He is a kind of person who never accepts defeat under any circumstances. His task is to capture and kill terrorists who are escaping from radar of the police and intelligence departments around the world. He has learnt the life and death lessons. No one can compete with him in his intellectual smartness.

The Counter Terrorism Squad led by Aryan (Vivek Oberoi) is now looking for a person with similar attitude. The story revolves around why is the department searching for another person and the past behind it?

Analysis:
This is a spy thriller story with an elevated gambit. But there is a problem in creating connect with the audience. The protagonist and villain use a lot of technical jargon in their communication. This may not match with the intelligence level of the general audience.

Vivekam movie is made on par with the international standards of film making. The director and the actor wanted to show a James Bond from South India on the screen and were successful to an extent. There is no point in trying to find logics in an action entertainer.

Technically first half is a high-standard film. But flipside, audience may feel overdose of action. Also, overall impact or wow factor is missing due to lack of proper subject to put things together.

The characterization of villain which was supposed to be a big twist, did not come out well. Director failed to make high points in the twists and turns. It had all elements of a South Indian Action entertainer even though Director Shiva who thought of making the film at the international level.

Akshara Hassan chase scene, Hero – Villains Mind games and Ajith introduction sequences are shown excellently. In terms of making and technical values, the movie is exceptional. After fighting at international standards throughout the movie the climax is typical south Indian mass style and funny Performances The movie is entirely one man show and runs entirely on Ajith’s shoulders. Kajal as lead doesn’t play the role of typical heroine who is used for songs and romance. The director ensured to use her role effectively with the story. Vivek Oberoi was shown in a different style but the director should have used an actor who doesn’t have controversies. Akshara Hassan’s role is small but crucial to the story.

Technicalities:
The film is totally a parade of the technical team. The making is stylish. The film is shot entirely abroad, Stunt masters have done good job. However, Graphics add to the confusion. Every frame is exceptionally grand and overall action sequence is way above Indian films standard.

Verdict :
Vivekam has great production values, some mind-blowing stunt sequences which are by far superior for Indian film making standards. Lot of hard work by the team is visible on screen. However, poor storyline and back to back action sequences throughout the film might not appeal to common audience, Overall impact is missing. This film’s strengths are Ajith, dialogues and stunts! But weaknesses do overshadow the strengths!

Telugu360 Rating : 2.5/5

Release Date : 24th Aug, 2017
Director : Siva
Music Director : Anirudh Ravichander
Production Company: Sathya Jyothi Films
Cinematography : Vetri
Starring : Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal, Akshara Haasan

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