CAST: Prithviraj, Balachandra Menon, Divya Pillai
DIRECTION: Jeethu Joseph
MUSIC: Anil Johnson
Oozham is a straight thriller, with all the elements of a movie of the genre. The focus is on the execution than the plot, and the fast pace and thrilling climax makes it a worthwhile watch.
What strikes you right at the beginning is that the subtleties of a usual Jeethu Joseph thriller are missing here, and the events unfold as in a Tamil masala movie format, without ceremony. Krishnamoorthy (Balachandra Menon) and family are a happy lot, but he constantly questions the corrupt doings of a business tycoon (Jayaprakash). Expectedly, a bunch of goons enter their house one day, and kills Krishnamoorthy, his wife and their daughter before the eyes of their son Soorya (Prithviraj) who was on a video call with his sister from the US. On realising that the tycoon is the mastermind behind his family’s killings, Soorya decides to take revenge, with the help of an adopted sibling Ajmal (Neeraj Madhav) and a family friend Gayathri (Divya Pillai) whose brother was also killed by the tycoon.
The film works more in moments than in its entirety – the flawless settings and catchy background music engages you but then, some of the scenes are repetitive and the chronology of events can be confusing at times. As always in a Jeethu Joseph film, the supporting cast have been handpicked, and it’s nothing short of brilliance from the part of the director to cast model Tony Luke for the part of the spoilt rich brat and Casanova. Tony seems to be born for the part, and steals the show with his class act in many a scene. But the explosion sequences seem amateurish and there are characters like the investigating police team which are left undeveloped.
Prithviraj plays the ‘smooth criminal’ in style, so does Jayaprakash. Neeraj Madhav and the ‘captain’ also present decent performances, though the actresses have nothing much to contribute. If the script was a bit tighter and the lags absent, the film could well have been a perfect Hollywood style thriller.