Ratsasan review: This psycho-thriller is not an easy watch
Ratsasan is one of Vishnu Vishal's career best as he looks super fit, confident and carries the role with ease and conviction
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 5 October 2018
Vishnu Vishal, Amala, Kaali Venkat, Munishkanth.
After Vettaiyadu Vilayadu, and the recent Imaikka Nodigal, here is another psycho-thriller from Mundasappati director Ramkumar. It is about a serial killer who is on a killing spree, as school kids are his target. A smart young cop who has just joined the police force has to track him down, as his family becomes the killer's target.
From its very opening scene, Ramkumar makes it clear that Ratsasan is not going to be an easy watch. Arun Kumar (Vishnu Vishal) is an aspiring filmmaker who has done detailed research on serial killers across the world for the script of his thriller film. But producers reject his stories citing various reasons including the dark tone of the subject.
Facing immense pressure from his mother and uncle, Arun is forced to become a cop, as he is offered the job of his late father. Interestingly, Arun's research on serial killers help him crack the case of a psycho who kidnaps and cruelly murders school girls in Chennai.
Ratsasan is one of Vishnu Vishal's career best as he looks super fit, confident and carries the role with ease and conviction. Amala Paul as a school teacher who later falls in love with the hero is apt but she has nothing much to do as the talented actress makes an entry at regular intervals. Ramadoss as Arun's uncle is very good.
Ghibran's background score raises the tempo. PV Shankar’s slow-moving frames speed up the tension but San Lokesh should have made the film crisp, as the film is too long and turns tedious at 170 minutes.
On the downside, the back story of the antagonist and his ulterior motive looks silly. Less said about his prosthetic make up which is tacky and amateurish. The egoistic lady officer is annoying and unwanted. The climax is too long and unending.
Ratsasan review Verdict: Not an easy watch
Reactions from Social Media:
Prashanth Rangaswamy @itisprashanth
#Ratsasan - If you want a World class thriller in tamil language - Please book your tickets. You will beam with pride knowing that a tamil director has a made a movie of this quality. After watching the movie - You will be afraid even seeing a gift box.
#Ratsasan: Jaw dropping. A hugely engaging ride that keeps on surprising you with it's amazing twists and turns. Film of the year so far for me. Blown away.
For me after #NooravathuNaal and #Anjathey, #Ratsasan got the edge of the seat climax. If directors want best background score for your film, call @GhibranOfficial and thank me later
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#Ratsasan 1st half - Very good.. Quite a chilling viewing experience so far. Proper psycho crime thriller with little or no deviations. @vishnuuvishal @dir_ramkumar @Amala_ams @GhibranOfficial and co. have a winner in hand. Looking fwd to the 2nd half.. Bring it on.
J Satish Kumar @JSKfilmcorp
#Ratsasan was so intense & kept on surprising with so many unexpected twists. Best thriller dis year. @vishnuuvishal bro’s script selection never fails. Grt acting excellent writing by Dir #Ramkumar & kudos @AxessFilm for backing d project. Music by @GhibranOfficial is a huge +
Ramesh Bala @rameshlaus
A World-class Thriller in Tamil Cinema.. Well-written, Taut and an Edge of the seat thriller..
@vishnuuvishal as the investigative Cop, has given his best performance till date.. An Emotional and Powerful performance..
@Amala_ams is like fresh of breath air..
Surendhar MK @SurendharMK
#Ratsasan: BEST psycho-crime thriller in Kollywood. Book your tickets. Strongly recommended. Blood-curdling moments abound! @vishnuuvishal, @Amala_ams, @GhibranOfficial, @dir_ramkumar - You've a winner in hand!
Haricharan Pudipeddi @pudiharicharan
#Ratsasan 4 stars. Works effectively as a no-holds-barred psychological thriller and I'm really glad it sets a new benchmark in this space. Doesn't take any diversions to needlessly please audiences. Earnest performance from @vishnuuvishal. @GhibranOfficial's score is top class