Joshi's festive release 'Run Baby Run' twists and turns quite a bit, and tries to be fairly fast and furious as well. But it suffers from a script that is incoherently plotted and which recycles bits and pieces from former thrillers throwing them this time against a media backdrop.
Venu (Mohanlal) is a cameraman of international repute having served with such names as Reuters and BBC. Having been away from homeland for a while, Venu drops in at Kerala on an assignment where he gets to meets Renu (Amala Paul). Renu works as a senior editor at Bharath Vision television channel and Venu and Renu have a story to tell of their own.
The best part of the film is the camaraderie that Venu shares with Rishikesh (Biju Menon), who happens to be his best buddy as well as the head of a local television channel that is struggling to stand on its own. The chemistry between the two actors is extremely good, and the effects are pretty much hilarious when they are together.
What starts off on a promising note, soon nose dives into predictable rubble though, because of the film's efforts to transform itself into a thriller. The twist, if you could call it that, comes around half way through, and from there the film dillies and dallies through territories that have often been explored in Malayalam films.
The loopholes are best left ignored, and it would be inane to even ask a question as to why two individuals who are wanted by the police choose to roam about the streets on a grandiose motor bike that would have without doubt, any one and everyone staring at them. No questions also on why Venu is terminated from his service by international agencies, without even an inquiry on what has happened to him!
The dialogues at times turn out to be unbelievable. For instance, Kartha asks Venu contemptuously as to why he had to use binoculars to catch the baddies on camera. To which Venu replies that he had indeed made a mistake, and that a microscope was quite enough, since he (Kartha) is just a germ!
Mohanlal does drive in loads of energy into his portrayal of the media person, but he is not exactly the Lal-at-ease whom we got to see in 'Spirit'. He is however at his crooning best in the remarkable song 'Aatumanal...
' which also happens to be one of the most beautiful songs that he has sung till date. Amala Paul is strictly okay, while Biju Menon, living up to his fresh found image, adds up to the lighter moments in the film.
Ratheesh Vegha and his musical score is the best thing about 'Run Baby Run', while R D Rajasekhar maintains a relatively low profile with his matter-of-fact frames. 'Run Baby Run' isn't exactly a nerve-wrecking dash to a final point. It does sprint into action, but then decides to saunter for a while, before scurrying again.