Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (2018)
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That being said, one should appreciate Cinematographer for a splendid work behind the lens and the background score was very appropriate to the plot.. Actors were very average and menial.. Perhaps, Mr. Vinayakan did a better job than the rest.
So, the bottomline.. If you ever watched "The great escape" you would be just wishing you never watched it.. if you haven't.. Go ahead and watch it, probably you may like it !!
But the continued entry of new characters and the changing line up of prisoners in the jail cell is entertaining. The interactions (sometimes deadly) between the prisoners is often quite amusing. A line up of mean looking actors has been assembled and they make this film one of the most belligerent in recent times.
The scene in the car wash reminded me of The Seven-Ups (1973).
Nearly 60% of the Angamali Diaries cast makes an appearance. Vinayakan and Chemban Vinod Jose standout among the supporting cast.
Also, I do not think many people grasped the provocative subject matter. The title is borrowed from a famous non-fiction book about India's partition. In the movie, the protagonist longs to escape not just from jail, but also from India which has turned into a communal hellhole.
It is a relentlessly entertaining prison escape film. Tinnu Pappachan is a director whose next film I will definitely watch.
Girish brilliantly captures the helplessness of the inmates, the dirty toilets and the rain that wets the yards during every stumble or conflict Jacob goes through. This, paired with Deepak Alexander's deep-drum back ground score, gives a gritty feel to the audience, who could easily understand the frustration and exasperation every character goes through.
Deepak's score also adds to the stylish element of the film, producing a slo-mo shot every five minutes. As much like slo-mo scenes are a trend in Mollywood and considering how much people hate it, Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil has done a work well with the amount of time provided.
The events that lead one thing to another and how the titular character, played by Antony Varghese is caught by the police are comical and almost satisfying. The scenes with the riots and how Jacob's lover is admitted to a Mental Hospital are very well etched out and executed.
The second half definitely fared better than the first, considering how lame the vfx scenes were and how poor the dialogues were delivered from one to another. The last 15-20 minutes of the first half is where the real thrilling element of the film kicks in. Needless to say, the film's climax and the subsequent revelations to the audience is a well done work indeed.
The acting was unprecedented. Antony, Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod, all performed majestically and in some where we are unable to decide whether they really do have a camera in front of them.
Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil borrows themes from almost every jailbreak movie and combines it into one big plethora of stylishness and grittiness. Just like any Jailbreak movie, the lead characters form a group, take out a plan and deliver a cunning twist to the audience. And in Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil , you really do feel the awesomeness.