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8/10
Vellai Pookal
santhosh-1029021 June 2019
Good Movie. Everybody acted very well in the movie. The movie was so interesting. Vivek's acting was excellent in comedy scenes and emotional scenes. The movie had many twists and turns. The movie was not boring. The movie lagged at 2nd half. This movie is one of the Best Tamil Movie of 2019. Good Movie.
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4/10
Not so smart!
Ansango28 June 2019
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Vellaipookal is a mystery thriller set in America. This film tells a tale of a retired police officer who gets entangled in a crime happening in his neighbourhood and his son gets kidnapped. While the central premise is intriguing, the poor execution leaves a lot to be desired. Screenplay is quite fine but the direction of the film drags it down.

The most irritating part of the film is the acting of American actors. As the film is set in Seattle, so there are a lot of American characters. Each and every American actor is awful. I think they hired only the cheapest actor from America. Even amateurs can act better than them. Also there are some scenes where they are shown speaking Tamil, and those scenes are very cringy to watch. The dialogues of American actors weren't synced properly and their lip-sync was horrible at best.

Now lets talk about the narrative structure. The film has 2 tracks and both of those tracks merge at the end to reveal that they were set in different time periods. While this style is good, but here due to poor execution, it loses its novelty. Recently I think Gali Guleyan did it better. The twist was not so much of a revelation for me as I figured it out about halfway in the film.

Cinematography in the initial parts of the film are good but as the film moves towards its crux, it becomes ordinary. The overuse of Blue-Green hue doesn't help much. This film needs a serious editing. At least 20 minutes of the footage should be trimmed out especially from the beginning, where literally nothing happens for 30 minutes.

Vivekanandan was a surprise for me. I have always watched him in comic roles and his transition into serious role was amazing. He was superb in his role and while it wasn't perfect, he manages to give a nuanced performance.

The screenplay is good but is written by taking a lot of liberties. There were a lot of scenes where you have to suspend your disbelief a lot, and while other genres gey away with it, you can't do it in a suspense thriller.

Direction was disappointing and has nothing much to say about.

All in all, it is a movie which thinks itself as smart, but actually isn't so. There are moments are real intrigue and brilliance, but they are few and far and slow pacing also doesn't help much. Definitely a disappointment for me!
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10/10
Really failed to find the twist
iniyan_arul5 June 2019
Not just a usual crime thriller, the movie got a solid history that every thriller subject should have. I wasn't stared watching curiously, but the perfect ruler script got me into its loop. So standard till the end at some scenes i realized so much things haven't been copied from Hollywood and writer really digged well with the pen.

So surprised and honour to have a decent, peculiar film in Tamil cinema industry. The Cast indians+ westerners they nailed it
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10/10
Thrilling
dhanrajzepherin26 July 2021
Superb action thriller with one of a kind twist, great performance by Vivek.
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8/10
Unexpectedly Good Mystery Thriller
IkAziz30 July 2019
Since past couple of years Tamil cinema has produced some worth watching crime Thriller's like D16,Ratchasan,Managaram,8 thottakal and vellai pokkal easily falls in same category...

Vikek is prominently known as comedy actor but here perfectly nails as High functioning retired cop.

Apart from cast performance and technical aspects (camera work,Bgm) writing is so good (Writers Try their best to avoid usual Tamil cinema cliché ness) Even first act is much about father- son relationship drama,after that film picks up it's pace and turns into a interesting investigate Thriller...

Non - Linear narrative is another highlight of this film.actual events happens in two different timelines,it makes Screenplay less predictable too...
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9/10
Pretty good...nice twist
discerninguser26 September 2020
This is really a pretty good movie with a nice twist at the end...there is really no reason to give it a low rating...most aspects of the movie are really decent...yes the acting of the non-Indian actors could have been better, but that can easily be overlooked...
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5/10
Might Have Been Better if Only They Had Asked Me First :)
bshanley-6146129 January 2021
A Tamil movie set mostly in Seattle! Audacious!! And some slight of hand in the first scene. I kept waiting for the Indian shoe to drop in the USA but it didn't. The Indian actors were fine. Even some humorous dialogue (How do you like the USA? It is ok but it is too quiet here."). The two reasons I didn't give this movie a higher rating were 1) the American actors were very amateurish, especially in delivering their lines, 2) the film had some of the A-Team "this is how it was done" explanation of the crime, which I do not care for.
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9/10
Exciting mystery
zameerahmedz11 June 2019
Vivek is never seen role before...true professional. This movie has very strong screenplay & story content supported by some very good actors
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4/10
Could have been good
cakecum12 May 2019
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This film could've been good but it just didn't cut it with the acting. Almost no one remotely even acted in this film except young Jane.
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4/10
Below average & Lagging
dmaster-4016725 June 2019
After i watch Trailer, i Thought it will be above my expectation.! but i was wrong, I feel they use speedy frame to overcome lagging. why English actors overacting, they should keep there acting style, can't digest their acting. Vivek's character roll is good, but still Tamil over acting. The only twist is climax, its wonderful try. mixing is not good, English Dubbing, English over acting so many things uncomfortable in this movie. Some scenes director want to question our logic's, so uncomfortable.! Actually waste of time.!!!!
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9/10
Good one and good storyline
rameshkumar814 August 2019
The movie was a good one and watched with family, USA life and it's practice, please take more movies as this.
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8/10
Good story with thrilling climax
crravikiran-9344322 April 2020
You may feel a bit dragged in the beginning but the movie picks up pace in the 2nd half leading to unexpected climax
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7/10
Decent movie. But could be improved.
fphoenixxx12 June 2019
The film has lofty ambitions and tries hard, but fails desperately. Its a damn good attempt though.

The setting of the backgrounds was excellent. The tempo and the continuity of the story and certain explanations were up to good standards, but the film was lacking in attention to detail in the hurting scenes that they were simply pathetic.

The climax was absolutely lame, and did not make any sense in how the strong villain character just becomes a weakling with the appearance of the hero. They probably expected the revealing of the mystery to be a surprise, but it turned out to be quite predictable.

Though the film attempted to be non-sexist and non-racist at times, it did have some very close minded undertones.
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4/10
A disappointing thriller
cvaira4 June 2019
After reading some reviews online and offline, I watched this movie with great expectations. I should say that I was deeply disappointed. The whole movie was like watching an age old stage drama with lot of predictability. Cinematography was pleasing, music was so-so and the screenplay was just below average. Vivek has done a decent job and sometimes went overboard than what was required. Supporting cast like Charlie and Pooja were a burden than support.
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7/10
Interesting climax pushes this movie from average to good
chetan_l31 July 2019
This could have been a very good film. Unfortunately, amateurish direction, poor acting (barring Vivek and the little girl) and shoddy editing especially in the initial parts drags this movie down a couple of notches. Also, while the screenplay tries to be clever and does a decent job in parts, you still can poke a lot of holes.

Cinematography works in parts - however, the over dependence on drones and excessive color grading make it look like a slick YouTube video; not a professional Cinema! A few other reviewers have rated the cinematography pretty high. Without sounding cocky, I would like to point out that cinematography is not only about capturing the beauty of the locations. Ofcourse, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest is extremely beautiful and it looks lovely on screen. However, cinematography is about being true to the emotions of the script and the vision of the director. It is about choosing when to go close-up, when to go long, when to pan, when to follow; what lens to choose, what angle to shoot...I can go on. It's here that the cinematography fails to justify the script.

All said, full marks to the creative team to come up with an out-of-the-ordinary plot and executing a decent movie around the storyline. I would recommend this as a decently good one-time watch and much better than the mindless formula based commercial hits.
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7/10
poor screenplay led it to a average movie
vasanthmanivannan2 October 2019
A different plot in a crime thriller, movie has 2 stories which is neatly merged without separating them, this is a new approach. Bit of over acting from Vivek and Charlie is boring at times and rest of the cast is just average. A good BGM and better screenplay and editing would have made this movie a super good thriller but it turned out to a average one.
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10/10
Top Notch Crime Thriller
beautylovesbeastsbk31 May 2019
Suspense from 1st minute to last minute which gives applause to the director.

Vivek's acting is extraordinary.

Donot miss this film.
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6/10
Good plotline. Kind of okay. A little dragging
moviebuffdoc4 June 2019
Very intriguing clot. The parallel, story is good too. Totally unexpected. Vivek's acting is good too. Cinematography sucks like hell. Others acting too, not worth watching.
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7/10
Good movie ruined by bad direction
ansafkarikonari7 June 2019
1) the movie drags a lot before the intervel could reduced the run time 2) the director over exaggerates some potions 3)casting problems 4)background music lacks intensity
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9/10
The genius of Vivek shines through
harihere12325 May 2020
Direction, acting and writting flawlessly executed by Vivek. Apart from bad dubbing for the characters, the movie is a gem. One of the best thrillers to grace the tamil film industry in recent times. This should not be missed!
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10/10
Top Notch Direction
supritnanda451 July 2019
Oh man, the direction of this movie what fuels the movie, the climax is what Wil get you baffled, one of the best thriller movies in recent times... Awesome Watch 🤘🤘
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7/10
Could have been made a masterclass
nadeemas-2647429 June 2020
The story was extraordinary and had a bunch of small brilliant moments. It was a daring attempt to cast Vivek as most audience could not have related him to a serious role. It could have been a made a masterclass status if not for subpar acting and seemingly visible editing flaws. It lacked a flow from beginning till the climax but the climax made up for all the mistakes made. The ending was a bit abrupt and didn't tell what would have happened to the characters after the incident.
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1/10
Horrible!
ayswarya-sat28 August 2020
Couldn't sit through this one. Save yourself and skip it.
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9/10
Interesting screen play
hkpalukuru8 June 2019
Interesting screen play..Best work by Director.. .
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8/10
Great screenplay and story
benj_mani5 June 2019
Wonderful screenplay for keeping the suspense till last scene .
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