Comrade in America - CIA Malayalam Movie Review
Ripples of dejavu start to strike us when the hero begins his journey. When he traverses unique landscapes, new people also join him. But this novelty eludes the tale of "CIA (Comrade in America)" as a whole.
"CIA" reveals the dilemma of the filmmaker in Amal Neerad-- whether to explore the life of his protagonist or accompany the people, who try to enter a prosperous country on the sly. This befuddled situation and rather an unconvincing script by Shibin Francis hinder the film from providing an engrossing feel.
Amal Neerad throws light into the struggles of people, who desperately want to try their luck in another country. But the narration of their woes and aim is devoid of the required emotion. Thus it provides the feel of a feather touch on the viewers. An exuberant Dulquer Salmaan is a treat to watch throughout the film. His charming persona lends life to the film.
Aji Mathew (Dulquer Salmaan) is an active communist and his father Mathew (Siddique) is a Congress man, who is a close aide of a Congress Minister from Pala. Aji's encounter with Sara Mary Kurien (Karthika Muralidharan) in college marks a turning point in his life, and Sara's disappearance leads to his bizarre journey to the US during 2015. The rest of the film focuses on Aji's quest for his lover.
Cinematographer Renadive has captured stunning visuals of streets and vacant lands from Mexico, Nicaragua and Honduras. These visuals stapled with Gopi Sundar's BGM, and of course, Dulquer's effortless performance are the real saviors of "CIA".
A journey through untraced terrains is visually appealing but the major drawback of "CIA" is its lackluster plot set in the backdrop of the 'seasonal ingredient'-- leftist politics. Technical finesse eclipses the fragile story, as you usually experience in an Amal Neerad film.
Rating: 5 / 10 - Kiran Allan
Visual treat. Awesome 2nd half
Good movie. Dulquer is proving again and again that he is seriously into acting. The first half is just mediocre but the... Show more
Good movie. Dulquer is proving again and again that he is seriously into acting. The first half is just mediocre but the second half is down to earth with real life situations. Karthika Muraleedharan is just okay, but Chandini Sreedharan appears promising. Those who are interested in travel will certainly enjoy this movie.
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