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(U/A) (2017)



2 hrs 50 mins

57  Audience Reviews

586 Ratings

Release Date

18 Oct 2017
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: October 31, 2017 05:41 PM IST

Mersal Review

The writer of Baahubali-2, Vijayendra Prasad has once again scored with his storyline. A formidable story with a blend of almost all ingredients which is required to churn out an entertaining hit.

Triple action and triple bonanza. Thalapathy Vijay occupies the screen totally and is dominant right from the word go. His performance, energy, dance etc., strikes well with the audience and one must laud his efforts of maintaining his physique at the age of 43.

A must watch for Vijay's fans and a decent watch for family audience considering the festive season.

With Mersal, we have got this year's most engaging mass masala movie. It has a relatable theme, star power, punch dialogues that double up as political statements, emotional scenes that make us care for its characters, a message that connects with us, colourful visuals, peppy music, and masala moments that keep you cheering for the hero(es).

The director doesn't disappoint when it comes to his hero. He gives all the three characters moments to showcase their heroism.

Performing like this is something that Vijay excels at, and director Atlee has used this to the film’s advantage. From demonetisation, racism, to entry to politics, he’s stuffed it all into his film.

The plot is not new, but the premise is. After the reveal prior to the interval, there is no surprise in terms of the story.

The one thing that could have been avoided was the stretchy second half and the manner in which Samantha’s character’s arc is resolved.

A lot of that has to do with the theme Atlee has picked. Though revenge, predictably, seems to be the narrative motor, it’s the emphasis on corruption in the medical profession that holds the film together.

The supporting cast, barring a wonderful Nithya Menen, have nothing much to do in this film. Even SJ Suryah, who rocked the villain role in Spyder, seems to have surprisingly little to do here.

Atlee has extended his golden run into his third film.

The movie is good in parts -- Atlee the director does evocative flashbacks. The scenes where Thalapathy controls his anxiety when his wife (Nithya Menen) struggles to deliver Vetri are commendable. The "Alaporan Thamizhan" song lands in good timing to drum up racial pride. The negatives are: a few lame dialogues, logical contradictions and frequent song sequences.

In sum, the three-hour movie isn't really nail-biting. But if actor Vijay were to enter politics someday, you cannot complain you never had a clue; unless you hadn't watched Mersal.

The basic premise of two brothers unaware of each other's identities and then taking on their parents' killers wasa staple of several films in the '70s and '80s. Here, director Atlee seems to be influenced by Kamal Haasan’s Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989) and a host of other films, including Vijaykanth’s AR Murgadoss-directed Ramanaa (2002).

Vijay holds the film together and is riveting in each of the three roles, especially as Thalapathy. He is as at east doing comedy as he is in the action sequences. Mersal does have subtle political messaging, in keeping with its superstar's ambitions.

Atlee seems to be a person with great taste. More than the story, the screenplay of Mersal, it is the packaging that impresses the most. Few scenes are terrifying and slightly on the gory side which justifies the U/A certificate issued for the film.

Mersal has all the right ingredients in the right amount: a smart script, a likeable hero who never seems to age, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.

Verdict: Triple Vijay - Triple impact!!!!


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