Vikram Movie Review: Kamal Haasan-Lokesh Kanagaraj Strike Gold With This Incredible Action Film!

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    Rating:
    3.5/5
    Star Cast: Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil, Vijay Sethupathi, Suriya
    Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj

    Vikram, the highly anticipated film that marks the comeback of Kamal Haasan to the film industry, has finally hit the theatres. The movie, which is written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, is touted to be a complete action thriller. Along with Kamal Haasan, Vikram features an extensive star cast including Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, and others.

    Did Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj's film live up to the hype? Read the Vikram movie review here to know...

    *NO SPOILERS*

    What's Yay:

    The three pillars - Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil & Vijay Sethupathi

    Writing, making, and the brilliant blend of two worlds

    Perfect supporting cast

    Music & technical aspects (especially action choreography)

    What's Yay:

    Predictability of certain characters

    Plot

    Plot

    Amar (Fahadh Faasil) and his team of agents are hired by the State police to track the killers of police officer Prapanjan (Kalidas Jayaram), his adoptive father Karnan (Kamal Haasan), and others. The investigation leads Amar and his team to the ruthless gangster Sandhanam (Vijay Sethupathi). Slowly, Amar discovers the actual identity of Karnan, whose real name is Vikram.

    Script & Direction

    Script & Direction

    Lokesh Kanagaraj, who is just 4-films old, tells you how to make a star-studded film with Vikram.

    The movie marked Lokesh's first collaboration with his idol Kamal Haasan. But the brilliance of Vikram is that it is never restricted to a fanboy film. Instead, what we get is a well-written, well-made, incredible action film which is the crazy blend of two cinematic worlds.

    Vikram is not entirely a Kamal Haasan show - it is indeed a film that celebrates the legend as both an actor and star. But at the same time, the two other main pillars - Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi - too get author-backed roles that have well-defined character arcs.

    Yes, there are some incredible movie references and mass moments that celebrate the Ulaganayagan. However, they are not just thrown into the narrative for the sake of it, but are placed intelligently. If the little predictability factor and confusion induced by the long list of characters are ignored, Vikram is an extremely well-made, solid action film. This Lokesh Kanagaraj directorial deserves to be watched on the big screen.

    Performances

    Performances

    Kamal Haasan is purely brilliant as the titular character Vikram. The veteran actor is in his best form and reminds us why he is considered one of the finest actors of all time. But, Kamal Haasan graciously takes a back seat in the film whenever it is needed - especially in the first half.

    Fahadh Faasil has to be one of those very rare actors who managed to sideline the rest of the cast - including the legend Kamal Haasan - in a film. He shows his amazing range as an actor in Vikram and shines like no other in the action scenes.

    Vijay Sethupathi once again proves his versatility as Sandhanam, the ruthless antagonist who is also a complete family man. His combination scenes with Kamal Haasan are a delight to watch.

    Suriya is an absolute revelation in his cameo appearance. The rest of the star cast including Chemban Vinod Jose, Narain, Kalidas Jayaram, Gayathrie Shankar, Arjun Das, Harish Uthaman, and others have played their parts to near perfection.

    Music

    Music

    Anirudh Ravichander's extraordinary music has bought the crazy universe of Vikram to life. The musician has set the theatres on fire with his thumping background score that is going to stay with the viewers even after leaving the theatres. The songs too, are decent.

    Technical Aspects

    Technical Aspects

    Anbarivu deserves a huge round of applause for the fantastically choreographed action sequences, that are an absolute treat to watch.

    Girish Gangadharan has done a marvellous job by creating the crazy world of this Lokesh Kanagaraj directorial with his stunning visualisation. Philomin Raj's smooth editing makes Vikram an edge-of-the-seat watch, despite its long runtime. The art department has also done a splendid job.

    Verdict

    Verdict

    Director Lokesh Kanagaraj has crafted a brilliant comeback vehicle for legend Kamal Haasan, with this incredible action film. The exceptional making, performances, and technical aspects make Vikram a must-watch theatrical experience!

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