At a time when horror-comedy flicks are ruling the roost, director Nagendran has taken up an action filled crime subject and by and large succeeds in presenting his film ‘Kaaval’ as a gripping good vs evil tale with shades of real life incidents.
It won’t be an overstatement to say that Samuthirakani has carried the film on his shoulder. He has proved that he is no inferior as a hero in enacting stunts, dialogue delivery and expressions.
The film apart from its shortcomings deserves praise for its content and chilling presentation backed by deep analysis.
Times Of India
The problem with Kaaval is that it offers nothing new in terms of story and presentation. Almost every development feels been there done that. The story of an encounter specialist is something that Gautham Menon did with much finesse in Kaakha Kaakha, and this film hardly adds anything to it.
The editor seems to have realized this and makes the scenes zip through, never allowing us to pause for breath and ponder over the flaws.
Samuthirakani plays an undercover cop who quickly transitions to the 'khaki' avatar as a robust encounter specialist who hunts for the kingpin (Karuna) among these killers.
To sum up Kaaval, the cops vs contract killers theme is interesting and it has some good moments when Samuthirakani is in charge. But overall, the film doesn't create the desired impact.
Verdict: Samuthirakani in fine form. But little else !