Lakshyam Malayalam Movie Review
Jeethu Joseph puts on the garb of a writer for another director for the first time, and it has clicked. The combination of an astute writer and a promising filmmaker provides an intriguing feel in the proceedings of "Lakshyam." As a writer, Jeethu presents a simple story and he does not rely heavily on certain elements for the sake of uplifting the film to the genre of a perfect thriller. With a truthful approach to the script, debutant director Anzar Khan also tries to keep the treatment simple and realistic.
The opening scene unfolds the accident of a police vehicle that is going to Ernakulam from Peerumedu sub jail with two accused, who are involved in theft and murder cases. Biju Menon as Musthafa, the thief, and Indrajith as Vimal Kumar have given convincing performances.
Vimal is in search of the real man, who caused the death of his lover Salini (Sshivada), so he tries to escape from the clutches of the police. The vehicle accident is a boon for him and he tries to make the most of it. But Musthafa appears to be an innocuous thief, who does not want to give the police the slip. Their contrasting motives make the film riveting. Stranded in the woods, the two men in handcuff struggle for survival. Even in such a situation, the deep grudge towards his enemy simmers in the mind of Vimal while Musthafa appears to be worried about the torture of police.
On the flip side, "Lakshyam" has limitations of its own. The story lacks the ability to sustain the thrilling mood throughout. The hero's recognition of the real culprit from his conversation is also hard to digest.
Sinu Sidharth has done a commendable job as his beautiful visuals depict the wilderness of the forest, where the action takes place mostly.
"Lakshyam" is a 'quiet' thriller marked by the perfect blend of a simple plot with a tout screenplay. Albeit the suspense is revealed in the midway, what revs up the excitement is our anxiety about the fate of the two characters. It's a good attempt by a debutant, who handles well a not so eventful tale with his temperament. It might not mesmerize you, but surely offers engaging moments.