Miruthan, at best, is a good attempt in introducing the zombie genre to Tamil cinema.
2.7 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
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Miruthan, at best, is a good attempt in introducing the zombie genre to Tamil cinema. Before an avalanche of zombie films takes over Tamil cinema in the next few years like the undying inflow of horror films of late, here is what director Shakti Rajan has managed to come up with in Miruthan: A middling thriller shouldered by a terrific performance from Jayam Ravi, who aces his role beautifully with emotions, rage and plenty of action.
Despite the heavily borrowed Hollywood influences, Miruthan fails to capitalize on the genre with the local flavor gone completely haywire. Shakti Rajan has focused totally in building enough tension in the screenplay to keep the audiences hooked, but he easily falls short of expectations with the dwindling emotions that pan out with mundanely executed sequences.
When a bio waste leaks from a barrel during its transportation, it sets off a series of events by spreading a virus. A dog becomes a victim of the virus and soon it poses a threat to the entire city by voraciously spreading across the board. Karthik (Jayam Ravi) who plays the role of a traffic inspector shoulders the responsibility of protecting a group of doctors who set out to discover an antidote to kill the virus. While the template of a zombie film is quite familiar here, the way it is executed is majorly off the track with the entire attention devoted to the simple 'Shoot and Kill' strategy adopted by Karthik, who seems to be the only superhuman capable of hitting every zombie at point blank.
The comedy portions involving Kaali Venkat and the light-hearted romance sequences centered between Lakshmi Menon and Jayam Ravi are quite monotonous. The characters hardly engage with viewers and the writing lacks spine. More than an hour is spent entirely with the run-of-the-mill 'Shoot and Kill At First Sight'.
How Jayam Ravi, who is a traffic inspector, gets hold of unlimited missiles and guns is mind-boggling. Also, how a set of rookie doctors come up with a counteragent towards the fag end of the climax is anybody's guess. These illogical scenes take the edge off film's intensity and diminish the impact.
Had Shakti Rajan added more variety to the supporting characters instead of focusing a full-blown attack from Jayam Ravi, the film could have been multi-dimensional with an engaging screenplay. What we get is a half-hearted thriller from a team which aims for an ambitious target in a minimal budget.
2.7 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good