Director: AR Murugadoss
Behind the Screens
Superstar Mahesh Babu’s last film, Brahmotsavam is a big disaster. He joined hands with director Murugadoss for his next, Spyder which went on to register a Pre-Release Business of 157 Crore. Let us see how the movie releasing this Wednesday fares with the audience.
Shiva (Mahesh Babu) is a Junior Officer in Intelligence Bureau who devises a software which will find out the people in trouble and panic. In an attempt to save a teenage girl, Shiva is led to two Psycho Brothers (Bharath and SJ Suryah) who are hellbent on killing people due to their past. The rest of the story is all about how Shiva manages to stop them.
Mahesh Babu is his usual self as always in the movie. His physical maintenance is amazing as always and he sleep-walks into the character effortlessly. But somehow, we do not get the highs we expect from a hero in a film with a larger-than-life feel which disappoints fans. Rakul Preet Singh is okay in whatever she is offered and she is hot in the songs. SJ Suryah is sensational in the role of a baddie. Bharath (Premisthe fame) is okay as well. Priyadarshi and RJ Balaji were seen as Mahesh’s friends at the IB. They are okay.
Murugadoss has come up with an okay story for the film but faltered in narrating perfectly. The film experience gives us a feeling that it is the weakest of Murugadoss till date in the genre. Slow narration and no highs in the hero character comes as a big disappointment. Harris Jairaj’s songs are okay and the background score is effective. Santosh Sivan’s camera work is the major highlight of the film and Sreekar Prasad’s editing is good. The CG work in some of the sequences like Lanco Hills Episode, Hospital Fight etc is too good. Production Values are super rich.
Spyder is a thriller film which needs to keep the audience at the edge of their seats to make sure it works. The movie has got an okay story if not great. But then, Murugadoss seems to have missed a trick in handling it as the story passes off without any high. The much-needed elevation to a star hero like Mahesh is also missing. We also find too much of Tamil flavour here and there which makes the audience uncomfortable. The first half is just average with slow narration. The flashback sequence is lengthy and boring. The Interval bang gives a feel that stage is set for a perfect duel between Mahesh and SJ Suryah. But the second half plummets further with slow narration and nothing exciting. The climax is technically good and carries okay effect. The much-hyped roller coaster fight is not so effective.
Spyder – A Disappointing Thriller