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First, I am a huge Kamal Haasan fan. But that when I say this movie great, me being a fan has nothing to do with it. This is one hugely compelling thriller. The screenplay is so taut and beautifully tied together, you sit engaged for over three hours. Not knowing that time is flying by. But K.S.Ravikumar's direction and the special effects, save for the climatic tsunami scene, fall way over the mark. In some scenes Ravikumar's choice of shots and scene design are quite appalling. But he does a competent job. But his lack of command of cinematic technique shows through. In my opinion, what this film needed was a director of the caliber of someone such as Steven Spielberg. In other words, a natural with an uncanny film sense, could lift this material. Just like Spielberg lifted Raiders of the Lost Ark to 'classic' status. K.S.Ravikumar treats this like an ordinary masala flick. So the direction is flat and uninteresting. He fails to 'interpret' the script. And that is where this film falls short of international standards. But most Indian audiences don't understand film technique anyway. They confuse it with cinematography. All they understand is acting and story. And in these two departments, Kamal Haasan excels. I think the responsibility was too much. Otherwise he would have directed it himself. Making it a much better movie. Nevertheless, this is an excellent watch. Highly recommended. Way better than the moronic Sivaji.
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