Sandakozhi 2 Review
Lingusamy has packaged the film in a truly entertaining way. There are some very entertaining mass moments in the film, which are worth the money that you have spent on the movie. The interval block filled with some fine surprises is sure to keep the audiences hooked to the narrative.
Vishal is in top form as Balu and he carries the film on his shoulders with the amazing screen presence and power-packed performance. Raj Kiran reprises the role of Ayya and one might feel that he should have got more importance.
Sandakozhi 2 is indeed a decent entertainer and it has its own set of captivating moments.
The narrative is somewhat uneven as Lingusamy, for whom, the film is definitely a step up from Anjaan, doesn't sustain the tension throughout, and goes for unnecessary songs (especially in the second half) and scenes that are less impactful on screen than they must have been on paper.
Pechi is a one-note character, and despite the presence that Varalaxmi lends to the role, she doesn't appear as a serious threat. And the character of Anbu, is underwritten.
Vishal once again gives an earnest performance scoring both in both sentiments and romance sequences. Needless to add that he is a man on fire in the action sequences especially impressing in his first fight in which he also has to pretend to the crowd that he is not involved in it.
The screenplay is loaded with cliches and contrived situations that grounds it and it never gets to take off. Repeated attempts by the villains to best Vishal even after they get duly bashed up is ridiculous, to say the least.
Director Lingusamy has almost retained the magic of the original in the first half of Sandakozhi-2 with enjoyable moments featuring the bubbly Keerthy Suresh who is a scream and she lifts the film with her Madurai slang and superb energy level.
The first half also has a solid mass action scene for Vishal in the crowded festival setup and his rapport with his majestic dad Rajkiran has been utilized well.
The majority part of the first half deals with Vishal and Keerthy's romance and their pairing looks fresh onscreen. The establishment of the new characters into the Sandakozhi franchise happens right from the title credits and the makers immediately inform the audience on what they're going to witness for the next 2.5 hours.
Verdict: Sandakozhi 2 follows the template commercial format and doesn't offer anything new