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Aadhi  ( U ) (2018)  (Malayalam)
As an action thriller "Aadhi" pants heavily in its effort to cruise towards the finishing line. The mediocre screenplay is eclipsed by action choreography.
2.3 out of 5 (Average) Aadhi NOWRUNNING REVIEW | K. R. Rejeesh
Rating:  2.3/5
Nowrunning Critics: 2.3/5 | Users: 3.3/5
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The acrobatic skills of Pranav Mohanlal turn out to be the trump card of director Jeethu Joseph to traverse the frontier of thriller in "Aadhi." With a predictable and not-so-refreshing tale, he tries to pull off the dividend, which remains as a pipe dream in reality. Jeethu pushes himself to shift the gear to the thriller mode right from the off. But this urgency, apparently, causes fissures in the narration.

From the pleasant family milieu, the director, who has also written the script, places the reticent Adithya Mohan (Pranav Mohanlal) alias Aadhi in a conflict zone to elicit the edge-of-the-seat feel. Ever since Aadhi sets his foot in a metro city, Jeethu's imagination bourgeons and as a result the protagonist is trapped in a murder incident. As the primary seed has been sown for the thriller, now it's Aadhi's turn to showcase his skill to get rid of the trap.

Siddique as Mohan Varma and Lena as Rosy fulfil the episode of family sentiments while Anjana (Aditi Ravi) extends her support to the hero. The hide-and-seek game between Aadhi and Reddy (Jagapahi Babu) is not so riveting to provide enough grip to the plot.

Pranav gets ample space to showcase his skills in performing action sequences but it's not a genuine opportunity to fathom his acting credentials once again. Remember, he has won State Award for the Best Child Actor for the film "Punarjani." He effortlessly hops from high-rise buildings and moves elegantly. However, the innocence and equanimity of the character is palpable in his expressions.

Jeethu explores the survival of an individual tangled in a difficult situation with technology-aided tools but the refreshing premise of a typical Jeethu film is conspicuous by its absence. Sathish Kurup has done a neat job behind the camera especially in action sequences.

Going by the narration, "Aadhi" sheds light on the mediocrity of the director's creative musings. It is clearly deprived of the vital suspense and excitement of an action thriller.
Critic: K. R. Rejeesh
 2.3 out of 5 (Average) 2.3 out of 5 (Average)  

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Sreejith M P  Super Reviewer
PR says Pranav Mohan Lal has not used a body double to do the stunts in Aadhi. Its all breakneck action, with the simple story of an innocent man on the run. Its really enjoyable.

What's more, for the most part, its the parkour action and Pranav's shy persona that make us relate to his titular character. Its not star pandering but skill selling. For once, the PR overcompensates itself by selling the obvious. In the process of watching it, we realize there is more to parkour and less to superstar Pranav Mohanlal. Its such an understated performance that deserves more accolades. Jeethu Joseph's writing still betters his direction. His ensemble cast is top notch. There are characters in this film that breathes life into cinema.
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Rajoy Alfes  Super Reviewer
'Adi' is an action packed spine-chilling drama which will keep you breathless at the edge of your seats. The highlight of the movie is that Pranav does most of the action himself without the help of a dupe and he has done it excellently. He has to be given a big clap for his determination to take up the risk. Jithu Joseph has brought in family elements into the story so that it may not look barren as a Hollywood action movie. All actors have done their roles well. A good one time watch.   Aadhi User Rating

Ajith Edassery 
A decent thriller story, mediocre screen play and overdose of stunt scenes by spoilt this movie. If it was some funny weaponry that chased the dad in Pulimurugan, it is non stop runnning by the (same?) stunt crew in this movie.

As for Pranav Mohanlal, absolutely no emotions on his face. Probably the worst debutant actor in Malayalam in so many years. No match to actor sons (of movie stars or directors) like Fahad Fazil, Dulquer Salman or even the mediocre Kalidas. Very disappointed.
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