Shot on actual locations, director Pandiraj who made that memorable film Pasanga, with kids is back with Marina, an honest attempt that focus on importance of education.
But sadly the film falls flat and has a documentary feel to it. You can predict in the first ten minutes more or less how the entire movie will play out. It is a gritty, clichéd tale of a bunch of people- old, young and kids who make a living at the famous beach by selling water packets and peanuts and has a story of their own to tell.
Ambikarathy (Pakoda Pandian) an orphan who comes to Chennai, the friendly kind-hearted postman (Jithan Mohan), an old man (Sundararajan) abandoned by his children, a singer (Arumugham) , Senthilnathan (Sivakarthikeyan) and his lover Swapnasundari (Oviya), a horseman are some of the characters in the beach.
The problem with Marina is that it neither entertains touches nor inspires you due to the predictable story, slow pace and songs which pop up at regular intervals. In all fairness, there are few surprises like debutant Vijay’s dazzling cinematography which brings alive the nooks & corners, surrounding slums, fish market, the subtle humour in dialogues and above all the superb performances from all the kids. Pokoda Pandian is a face you're unlikely to forget anytime soon.
Though well-intentioned, the chief problem with Marina is its length where everyone becomes a caricature (sample: Jayaprakash).