Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Newtonin Moondram Vidhi - Movie Review

This film is starred by SJ Surya and directed by Thai Muthu Selvan. This film is quite distinct in its concept. A hero out to avenge the death of his lover at the hands of the villain. That is the basic plot of Newtonin Moondram Vidhi. Familiar plot, you might think; love, treachery and revenge. But this one is different right from the first frame.

These initial formalities done, we plunge straight into the story which involves a scheming, lecherous and treacherous media tycoon at its center. He is the perfect gentleman to the outside world but in reality his hands are stained with the blood of many a young woman, most of whom are employees in his own concerns. Any woman who does not agree to his vile demands is not spared alive. And, our protagonist’s lover (Sayali Bhagath) too falls prey to this man.

The script begins to grip you right after this with S.J. Suryah taking it upon himself to unravel the mystery behind his fiancĂ©e’s death. He first finds out the perpetrator of the crime. Seething with anger and pain, the obvious thing that a normal Tamil cinema hero would have done is to barge into this man’s office, confront all his bodyguards and smash his skull or shoot him straight through his heart. But, that is where writer-director Thai Muthuchelvan must be commended on. He has crafted a script that truly stands apart. S.J. Suryah’s character realizes that his target is no sitting duck to be shot easily, he needs to have a foolproof plan and execute it to perfection.

He spends nearly a year gathering all the information and resources he needs for the final strike. When he’s ready, he throws a veiled challenge to the tycoon and then begins a riveting two way chase, each trying to get the other before the other gets to one, and it is all set in two hours. Who wins in the end might be an easy guess, but how he does it is the crux and indeed gripping. There is absolutely no over the board heroism, no gravity defying stunts, not even the hero striking down 10 baddies, the script defies all concepts of heroism in Tamil cinema. The way the villain is finally finished might make viewer’s think whether it is possible, but as the director claimes ‘it has been scientifically proven’. We could do with the ratification of an ammunitions expert.

Overall, Newtonin Moondram Vidhi is a film that will stand apart for its script and treatment. It keeps one engaged right from the start to the end, does not slacken in the interim. The treatment, though different, might be a tad too strong for families. A rape scene in particular and violence and blood necessitated by the script make it difficult to be recommended for children. But, all said and done, Newtonin Moondram Vidhi will be a good and different watch. It will also help S.J. Suryah break free from his long standing playboy image.


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Michelle H.M. Eliason said...

THANKS for the review! I'll be sure to look that one up!

Much Peace~