Review: Enemy

‘Enemy’, starring Vishal and Arya, hit the cinemas this Thursday (November 4). In this section, we are going to review the thriller.

Story:

A retired CBI officer (Prakash Raj) trains two kids named Surya and Rajeev in pictographic memory and other skills that highly competent sleuths need. Surya (Vishal) wants to become a top cop but his timid father (Thambi Ramaiah) makes him become a departmental store guy in Singapore. Rajeev (Arya), who has grown up in different countries due to circumstances, has become a top assassin. Surya has to confront Rajeev and foil his bid to create mayhem. But can he?

Performances:

Vishal has acted in one too many action films for him to show variation in an action thriller with ease. His performance in ‘Enemy’ is too familiar. While his acting in the action scenes is good, the actor is found wanting in the songs. The romantic track involving Vishal and Mrinalini Ravi should have been avoided for good.

Arya is effective for the most part. In the confrontation scenes between him and Vishal, the ‘Raja Rani’ actor comes into his own. Prakash Raj’s character is brief and effective in the first act. Thambi Ramaiah gets a full-fledged role. Karunakaran, Mamatha Mohandas and others have different roles.

Technical Departments:

The film has the background score by Sam CS, which is inconsistent. It doesn’t make us feel the thrills and chills. The songs, by Thaman, are rudimentary. Among the technicians, it is cinematographer RD Rajasekhar who shines. His visuals come to the fore even in seemingly ordinary moments. Raymond Derrick Crasta’s editing just about passes muster.

Ravi Verma’s action sequences are not exciting. T Ramalingam’s production design is average.

Analysis:

The action thriller has the screenplay by Anand Shankar (the film’s director), Shan Karuppusamy, and S Ramakrishnan. While the first act is well-established, the film loses pace once the Singapore portions begin. The love track is a huge distraction.

The second half is flawed, with Surya figuring out Rajeev’s modus operandi easily. On the other hand, the Singapore police and the Indian government are clueless, despite the fact that the life of India’s External Affairs Minister is at stake.

A plot point in the second half seems to have been inspired by the AR Murugadoss style of writing. It’s not only far-fetched but also somewhat silly.

The film is dubbed from Tamil. And the element of Tamil immigrants facing the apathy of insensitive authorities in Singapore is a key element of the story. It feels artificial when ‘Tamil’ is replaced with ‘Telugu’. When India’s Foreign Minister is shown to be incorruptible, one is surprised that a Kollywood film has a nice thing to say about a Union Minister. Turns out that the Minister is a Tamilian. That’s why she is introduced as a “rare” politician.

By now, we are tired of investigative thrillers that are lazy. In ‘Enemy’, only one character knows it all and others, including top sleuths, just take instructions from him.

Bottomline:

‘Enemy’ has a solid premise but the same was already revealed by the trailer. The story, as a whole, is ordinary.

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