0.5 out of 5 (Poor)
It's inhuman to put anyone through three excruciating hours of Muppozhudham Un Karpanaigal.
Rohit Ramachandran Sun, 19 Feb 2012
Since Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal deludes itself into being a thriller, I'll refrain from revealing too much of the plot. Nevertheless, it all boils down to the good-looking-boy-turned-into-infuriated-young-man-incited-by-unforgivable-act-of-injustice scenario with his only cure being the heroine professing her love for him. He has a delusional disorder. She, on the other hand, confesses that she's unconsciously falling in love with him but, consciously, she's not in love with him because he's a murderer. It might sound like substance but this is just glitter. Under all of the glitter, it's purely crass.
Don't shell out a buck to support such low brow work. Calling a movie effortless is usually a compliment. Here, the effort isn't invisible. It doesn't exist. The characters are half-baked, the plot is contrived, the structure is convoluted and everything is superficial. Congratulations to its try-hard director, Elred Kumar. All the toiling he's done is evident in Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal. The first half is predictable until a twist, rightly inserted before the intermission to keep us hanging and to reassure the film-makers that we do get back to our seats. When the film resumes, you realize that it was nothing worth the wait. The screenplay wavers, taking narrative cues from all over itself. The director continuously forgets who the lead character is.
Santhanam's participation here doesn't even qualify as a supporting role. It's a cameo appearance. There's no consistent tone and the producers count on Atharvaa's good looks and toned physique. That's their only bargain. G V Prakash's score sounds like a rough version of the Mayakkam Enna theme. The music numbers (mostly involving dudes acting like dudes) plainly speaking, suck. They're crammed so close to one another that there's no breathing space provided for the viewer.
Scenes are unnecessarily drawn out. Heck, the movie itself is unnecessarily drawn out. How such movies get made baffles me. I usually prefer sitting through even the worst films because the more painful it is the more lived-in the experience becomes and writing comes easy. Also, I won't have to think twice about tearing them apart. But this is one of those rare gems I feel I should've walked out of. It's inhuman to put anyone through three excruciating hours of Muppozhudham Un Karpanaigal. The entire movie's a cop out and when you're already withered and worn out, it takes you through a pointless loop of events. 2012 has just begun but this one is already a strong contender for worst film of the year.
Critic: Rohit Ramachandran
0.5 out of 5 (Poor)