Kuttram 23 review-A good example of an entertaining cop thriller
Filled with more twists and turns than you’re likely to find on the Western Ghats
Friday 3 March 2017
Arun Vijay, Mahima, Abhinaya,Vamsi
Director Arivazhagan’s Kuttram 23 is filled with more twists and turns than you’re likely to find on the Western Ghats. It is both intelligent and exciting, skillfully directed by Arivazhagan.
This sharply written slick investigative thriller, comes as a huge relief at a time where Tamil audiences are bombarded with several middling movies of big stars. The film is also a perfect case study on how good writing and a technically sound team can offer quality entertainment, which is a rarity in Kollywood!
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The film opens with the twin murder of a priest and the wife of a leading TV channel’s CEO who was at the church to confess. The influential husband requests the Police Commissioner(Vijayakumar) to find the culprit, who immediately appoints IPS Vetrimaaran (Arun Vijay). In his investigation, Vetrimaaran finds a hidden medical crime happening in the name of artificial insemination that a lot of pregnant women are continuously committing suicide. Who is the mastermind? Can Vetrimaaran crack down this complex case?
The biggest advantage of Kuttram 23 is an ensemble cast of enthusiastic actors who deliver sparkling performances. Arun Vijay plays Vetrimaaran with a mixture of eagerness and trepidation and he is in top form. His shredded physique, sharp look, and classy mannerisms perfectly suits the stylish upright cop. Not just good looks, the way the actor emotes and perform combat action sequences with great élan is sure to take him to the next level. Good luck Arun Vijay!
Thambi Ramaiah, who comes as an assistant to the hero attracts us with his one liners, the scene where he smartly converts Arun Vijay’s emotional murder into self-defense is a scream. Mahima looks cute and brings believability to her character. Thankfully, her role is not limited for duets and as a matter of fact, there wasn’t any romantic dream number shot in foreign locales to distract your attention. The two villains Arvind Akash and Vamsi Krishna fit the bills and after a long time, ‘Nadodigal’ Abhinaya scores in a well-written role!
Rajesh Kumar’s series of novels and short stories have certainly helped Kuttram 23 and the team has rightly credited him. Apart from fitting performances and brilliant writing, Bhaskaran’s stylish visuals is a big strength to the film, especially the hand-to-hand action sequence in the apartment was splendid! Vishal Chandrasekar too deserves a praise for his pulsating background score and special mention to the Thodu Vaanam track, which establishes a strong emotional connect.
Don’t miss it;
Kuttram 23 is easily one of the better films this year so far. Recommended
Kuttram 23 review- Verdict: Slick thriller