Cast: Jayam Ravi, Nayanthara, Rahul Bose
Psycho thriller and serial killer movies are becoming common in Tamil cinema. But not every movie stands apart and only a few like Ratsasan, Por Thozhil managed to make a mark.
Arjun (Jayam Ravi) is a fearless ACP who takes the law into his own hands. And his friend Andrew (Narain) is also an ACP. The duo is in search of a serial killer who kills young girls in a gruesome way. How they catch the killer forms the first half of the story, and the second half is suspense that is revealed in the interval, which feels like a story on its own.
The tone of the movie is tight right off from the start. Arjun and Andrew are cops that go after ruthless criminals together as friends and partners. In a way that predicts the future, Andrew warns his friend that Arjun’s reckless approach to apprehending criminals could lead to him being held accountable for the death of his friend. The major plot of the movie revolves around Arjun becoming a serial killer’s target. Brahma (Rahul Bose), a murderer with a god complex, targets young women and mutilates them before discarding the bodies in public areas. He is a man without any redeeming characteristics who enjoys these women’s cries.
At the start of the story, it is explained who the killer is, why he is killing people, and the pattern of his killing, but throughout the first half, the movie only conveys the same thing again and again. Women in this story have no potential. The best storyline they had was just to get kidnapped and die in a spine chilling way.
They also had a potential female lead but Nayanthara as Priya is absolutely wasted in the film. Priya’s only characterisation in the movie is asking Arjun to marry her, which Arjun is not interested in.
The music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is not his best work, and it gets lost in all the chaos that is happening in the movie. The director repeatedly tries to prove that the killer is coming to get the hero, and him being the masochist hero and only listening to himself starts to feel forced.
Overall, the movie is all over the place and the screenplay, logic and character development is lost right from the beginning.
Rating – 2/5