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Interesting Premise let down by poor making
Curiosity was high based on the peculiar title. Also, it was highly anticipated as the return of the hit Ranjith-Mohanlal combo during Onam. However, movie disappoints in many levels.
The subject is relevant and based on gold smuggling. But the movie progresses with many characters and a confusing screenplay without focusing on the actual subject. We are introduced to the main plot post interval, by then its all too familiar for us.
Mohanlal is in top form, and can be the sole reason to watch it once. He shines as the simpleton driver raju in the first half and then the mustache twirling familiar lalettan we wished to see post interval. But thats still not enough to save this film.
Ranjith, a prominent director, seems to be losing his touch. By turning his hands at both realistic (Paleri Manikyam) and mass commercial (Ravanaprabhu/Pranchiyettan) movies, Loham becomes a mess at neither being realistic or mass, quiet a forgettable movie. We wait for the old Ranjith movie magic.
Double Barrel (2015)
A Very Different Malayalam Movie!!
After watching Double Barrell a.k.a Eratta Kuzhal, opinions would be polar, i.e., either you will like it tremendously, or you will hate it. Many movie goers are not able to connect with the film. Reason being primarily the movie not following a template seen in malayalam or rather Indian cinema. Those who are familiar with Guy Ritchie's movies like snatch, Rock,n,rolla will appreciate the bold and tremendous attempt by the makers. This movie doesn't have your typical heroes, villains, love track and a comedy track. This is story of some really messed up mad characters coming together in a very mad script (there are many characters all of equal importance).
Honestly, I believe this movie is still ahead of its time in malayalam cinema. Audience might not be ready for such experiments. Like Padmarajan movies in the past, this will get its due in the years to come. Salute to Lijo Jose and Prithviraj for such a brave attempt. Please do not stop what you are doing based on the box-office returns, because you are doing right stuff.