Abraham and Lincoln Review
Director duo Pramod and Pappan, after their Vajram and Thaskaraveeran, have now come up with Abraham and Lincoln, a film that goes forward at a terrific speed and employs the use of all kinds of technical gimmicks to dazzle you only to finally leave you a bit confused too as to what it was all about.
Johnson Dominic, who works as a carrier for Sonar Kella group of jewelers owned by Shankar Nath, is killed by the henchmen of Rahim Rowther, who is Shankar Nath's rival in the business. Rowther wants to see the end of Shankar Nath and Sonar Kella. After some while Johnson's elder brother Abraham, who had earlier been in the army, comes to the city with the sole aim of finding out those who had killed his brother and to take revenge.
Abraham begins his mission by finding a way into the world of the gold mafia. He begins to work for Shankar Nath and his group. In the meantime, Lincoln George, who is a Circle Inspector, happens to clash with Abraham and both fight it out in the street. And when, towards the end of the fight, Lincoln stands aiming his gun at Abraham, someone else shoots Lincoln and wounds him. Abraham doesn't spare a moment and takes the wounded Lincoln to hospital and gets him admitted. The two thus become friends.
Abraham reveals to Lincoln the details of his mission, while Lincoln tells Abraham how his sister Nancy had turned a mental wreck after being cheated by someone with whom she was in love while studying in Bangalore. He says that person had always remained a mystery, and that he had not attempted to unravel that mystery because that would mean eliminating the culprit, getting himself behind bars, and leaving Nancy with no one to take care of her.
Nancy is now mentally in better shape and it is for her that Lincoln is living. Abraham goes ahead with his mission and Lincoln on the other hand is handed the job of fighting the gold mafia by the new District Collector Philip Mathew. What happens in consequence forms the rest of the plot.
Kalabhavan Mani portrays well his role as Abraham, while Rahman lends able support as Lincoln, both forming a perfect pair. Both the heroes act out their parts well, but their performance, especially in the stunt scenes, is targeted mainly at the youth and the so-called front-benchers, a class that is now hard to identify distinctly. The leading ladies Shwetha Menon and Neha Pendse don't have much to do, except to appear in song sequences and add to the oomph factor.
All the others in the cast are their usual selves with Salim Kumar as constable Marcose adding a bit of a comedy to the film. Anoop Menon, who appears as collector Philip Mathew is good. In the second half of the film, it is just the heroes and the baddies face to face and almost everyone, including the heroines just become insignificant.
Abraham and Lincoln is definitely not boring. Kalabhavan Mani's presence is there throughout the film and makes it worth watching. Mani's presence in the film is so overwhelming, one feels it wouldn't have made any difference whoever did Rahman's role. But isn't the actor repeating himself again and again in similar roles. (Maybe his forthcoming film Nanma would feature him in a different role).
The fist song-"Uduraajamukhi…" is lilting, but after seeing it you are left wondering if the models shown in the ramp are hired by Sonar Kella or by the Joy Alukkas Group, whose banners are displayed in profusion making the song a brilliant advertisement gimmick. Of the other songs "Kezhumekannaalle…" and "Indrasabha…" are good. "Thakkida tharikida …" would just fizzle out in a few weeks time.
In total Abraham and Lincoln is a film that belongs to Kalabhavan Mani, the cinematographer, the editor, the art-director and the stunts people, who have all been assisted in profusion by the effects people, thus making the film loud and fast. And when, finally the film comes to a screeching halt, you are left wondering as to what it wou
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