Eli has released in more than 250 screens in Tamil Nadu alone. Being a Vadivelu's flick, the movie has gathered some expectations. Has it lived up to it though? Find out by reading our review.
Eli is a comical spy thriller which has Vadivelu
playing a petty thief. When the menace of a dreaded gang gets out
of control, the police department is left with no choice but to
send an 'eli'(rat) to nab the head of the gang.
What follows is a series of action sequences inspired by Jackie
Chan movies coupled with clichéd Vadivelu comedies that moves at
snail's pace. Whether or not he is successful in his mission forms
the rest of the story which appears to be a mere formality.
As expected, Vadivelu impresses with his comical expressions but
his performance doesn't have a platform to elevate itself and thus
Sadha who plays
the female lead, do not have much of a screen space barring a
couple of songs (which acts as a speed breaker to an already slow
Pradeep Rawat, who has played the main
antagonist is the only saving grace Eli has in its
Both the first as well as second half is way too slow paced to
one's liking as even Vadivelu's charm fails to keep
Eli alive throughout.
Paul Livingstone, the cinematographer, has managed to capture
the essence of 60s giving the film a retro look. His choice of
colours though are poor as it fails to connect with the soul of his
At 2 hours and 40 minutes, Eli could've done with
many more cuts. It comes as a surprise when an editor like VT
Vijayan along with TS Jay fails to deliver which is a
Vidyasagar's background score is apt for a movie like
Eli, his songs though are unbearable. Usage of the Hindi
classic 'Meri Sapno ki' is inappropriate.
With Vadivelu's comedies working only in parts,
Eli is way too slow paced that fails to impress and
has nothing new to offer.
Check out some of the interesting stills from
Eli in the slides below:
Vadivelu The Small Time Thief
Vadivelu's talent has been misused in Eli. Being such a
talented actor that he is, he should put extra efforts in choosing
his scripts, one might feel.
Vadivelu, for the first time, has tried his hand at stunt
sequences which he has executed in a decent manner.
Losing His Charm?
Once a mainstay comedian of Tamil cinema, Vadivelu movies have
not worked the way he would've wished since his comeback.
Better Off As A Comedian?
Perhaps, the 'Vaigai Puyal' of Kollywood needs to make a
decision on his role from here on. If he decides to continue doing
lead roles then his selection of scripts needs a major
Vadivelu With His Sidekicks
Vadivelu had earlier said that the inspiration for the film's
title came from the repeated usage of the word "rat", which is a
term used to denote a spy, in the Martin Scorsese film The
Vadivelu Performing A Stunt
Principal photography commenced with the filming of a song
sequence on the outskirts of the city. A stunt sequence was shot at
a specially erected set in early April 2015 over a period of eight
Job Well Done By Thotta Tharani
Among the very minimal positives the movie has, sets erected by
Thotta Tharani stands out.
Not A Fun Riot Throughout
Eli was expected to be an out and out comedy
entertainer. Though the film has its comedy sequences, the problem
erupts when only few of those comedy tracks make the audience
Cliched Vadivelu Comedies
Many of the comedy sequences are cliched in the movie as
mentioned before. The movie also gives us the impression that it's
been made only for diehard Vadivelu fans.
Will It Achieve Box Office Success?
It is to be seen if the movie can achieve box office success
which looks like highly improbable.