Joshi's new film 'Sevenes' has an important point to make, and it does so convincingly with about two and a half hours of its running time. But soon involved in the proceedings we come across this depressing news, that this point has been made; a million times before.
So the Sevenes Team consists of Shyam (Kunchacko Boban), Sooraj (Asif Ali), Shoukath (Nivin Pauly), Sarath (Renjith Menon), Arun (Aju), Satheesh (Vijish) and Linto (Amir), a bunch of youngsters whose love for football has bonded them together. They are all engaged in a struggle to survive, and each has a story to tell of his own.
Haven't there been enough and more films that have portrayed the plight of a young generation that treads the path of blood and violence, in their quest to make some quick money? Sevens has nothing new to say on that account, and everything in it has been said and seen before.
The big question is who would be really interested to see an action thriller that is quite uninventive? Sevens is the kind of film that isn't difficult to sit through, and yet you have this nagging feeling in your mind that you had something better to do. No wonder it flits out of your orbit almost as soon as the final credits start rolling.
There is nothing wrong in misspelling one's name if one believes that luck would lie in wait around the corner after the change, but how could one possibly justify adding an extra 'e' to a word as 'Sevens'? I don't see anything achieved at least visibly, except for the gross disfiguring that has occurred.
And it all proceeds from bad to worse towards the climax, where the story runs out of ideas, and looks around frantically for a new villain. There is an attempt to thrown in a surprise towards the end, but by then, nothing works in the film.
The seven boys along with Vineeth Kumar and Mithun, have done a decent job of what they have been offered. Their performances are extremely believable, and they prove that there is no dearth of talent when it comes to acting in the industry. What we need perhaps then, is some real solid writing to back them up.
It was good to see Nadia Moithu back in action, and as the stringent cop Amala Vishnunath, she does manage to perk up the affairs a bit in the latter half. Not that she has much to do in the film, but she does leave a mark, especially when you consider the other female leads in the film - Bhama, who has been paired with Kunchacko Boban, and Rima Kallingal who strikes up a rapport with Asif Ali.
Mostly, 'Sevenes' is old wine that has been corked into an older looking bottle. Not the kind that you would savor on a festive occasion.