Oppam Malayalam Movie Review

Feature Film | U | Drama, Thriller
The perturbed stillness and gut-wrenching calm that encompass 'Oppam' is what makes it a fulfilling thriller. The irrefutable tension that leads onto a passable denouement makes this cinematic jaunt worthwhile, and it's the uptight ambience that is imposing much more that its ultimate payoff.
Sep 11, 2016 By Veeyen

The perturbed stillness and gut-wrenching calm that encompass 'Oppam' is what makes it a fulfilling thriller. The irrefutable tension that leads onto a passable denouement makes this cinematic jaunt worthwhile, and it's the uptight ambience that is imposing much more that its ultimate payoff.


Jayaraman (Mohanlal) is a blind man who works as a caretaker at a multi storied apartment complex in the heart of the city and when a retired judge Nambiar (Nedumudi Venu) gets murdered in his flat, tumbles across more than just the corpse. When he realizes that the assassin would stop at nothing until he has his hands over Nambiar's daughter who is away at a boarding school, Jayaraman decides to battle it out in the dark.


'Oppam' has enough and more of those gasp inducing instants, thanks to its very unique idea of the killer being at just an arm's length away from the target and with the sense of intense intrigue hanging in the air. It's the kind of film that strives hard to live up to the tremendous potential of its setup, and succeeds for the most part.


This is a grisly game that is on, and an engaging one at that, with the antagonist always at an advantage courtesy the protagonist's disability that easily puts him under the shadows. This film does not work up the suspense, and instead focuses on the edginess that grows from knowing the nasty truth and comprehending that very little could perhaps be done about it.


It's another matter that it ultimately fizzles out to a climax that is way too drawn out and predictable, and though it could be disputed that a thriller film as this should have the requisite thriller moments, 'Oppam' carries it forward a bit too much, that it eventually appears extended beyond the essential.


One should probably not delve too much into the loopholes that the script leaves in its wake, for then it would rob the film of the delight that it offers. But it remains that 'Oppam' could have done scores better with a script that ties up those loose ends, and pays a tad more attention to the black holes that it falls into every now and then.


It's been a while since we had seen Mohanlal in a taxing avatar as in 'Oppam', and here is a role that demands the real actor in him, unlike the several immaterial roles that he had been cast in, of late. In 'Oppam', the actor is in fine form, and it's his astonishing act that carries the film forward, even on occasions when it seems that it's sauntering away from its course. 'Oppam' belongs to Mohanlal, and to Mohanlal alone, and had it not been for this incredible performer, the film would have hardly risen to the stature that it has.


'Oppam' has a supporting cast that is reminiscent of those Priyadarshan films of yore, and with seasoned actors like Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Mamukkoya and Kunchan around, takes you back to those years that had seen the best of the film maker's works. There is however Vimala Raman, in the mother of all miscasts, and who looks and acts like a supermodel of a maid. In sharp contrast, Anusree with a mellowed and highly imposing performance, emphasizes even further, what an untapped actor she truly is. A special word of appreciation for the young actor Meenakshi, who is a charmer, without doubt.


'Oppam' is a film that lives and breathes on account of the spirited performance of its lead actor. It's a good film that could have been a great one, had it not become too obsessed with its own elaborate and exaggerated plot orchestrations.


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Roshan Pramod

Above average thriller
maneesh R

Has thrilling bits. Pretty good untill it nears the climax. By the time the film ends you have lost all your interest in... Show more
Has thrilling bits. Pretty good untill it nears the climax. By the time the film ends you have lost all your interest in the film. But pretty good One time watch film sure.
Tony Sabu

Very Poor movie. It will leave you with many unanswered questions about the story and about each character. They tried t... Show more
Very Poor movie. It will leave you with many unanswered questions about the story and about each character. They tried to make a thriller but it turned out to be a disaster. After watching this movie, I have a great feeling that they completed the script of this movie after they started the shooting, because the things happening have not much connection to other scenes and many truth factors have not been proven at least at the end of the movie. A typical Priyadharsan movie.
sanjeev ravi

Do not waste your money for this movie . The story didn't make any sense whatsoever . It is a mental torture to watch th... Show more
Do not waste your money for this movie . The story didn't make any sense whatsoever . It is a mental torture to watch the second half of this movie. Police station scenes have no sense. They tried some comedy but that turn to be so annoying such as " who have seen the dead body first " . This movie have no massage, no story, no comedy, nothing there which will make a person to see a movie . I really question the validity of any good review for this idiotic mental torture.
Linson D'silva

excellent combo,nice direction,nice photography,awesome background score.a complete movie.
Rahul Radhakrishnan R

Outstanding movie
Rajoy Alfes

The film reminded me of scenes borrowed from many hit movies and so there is no originality. Priyadarsan has proved once... Show more
The film reminded me of scenes borrowed from many hit movies and so there is no originality. Priyadarsan has proved once again that he has lost the track and that a going back to his past glory may well be forgotten. Mohanlal has done his role well, but the question remains whether it was anywhere near his performance in Yodha or Guru. One may see the movie just for passing time, without expecting anything more. ,
George Phillip

It is a very good entertaining movie. The film portrays a cat and mouse game. The thriller ends on a deepavali night whe... Show more
It is a very good entertaining movie. The film portrays a cat and mouse game. The thriller ends on a deepavali night when the villain is killed. In this film, we can rediscover the actor in Mohanlal. It was a bit stretched though. But overall a nice family movie.
shiloj hidayath

excellent movie never experianced before like this crime thriller in indian cinema awesome direcrion great acting from l... Show more
excellent movie never experianced before like this crime thriller in indian cinema awesome direcrion great acting from laletan he lived in this role there is mass comedy emotional thriller class all together fantastic movie no negatives at all hats off
Faabin Francis

Very good movie..
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