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Romans

Movie:
Romans
Director:
Boban Samuel
Cast:
Kunchacko Boban, Biju Menon, Niveda
Music:
M Jayachandran
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Director Boban Samuel's Romans narrate the comical story of two criminals, who in an effort to hide themselves from the eyes of the law, disguises as two X'ian priests.

The film has evidently been inspired from the 1989 Hollywood comedy We're No Angels by Neil Jordan, with Robert De Niro, Sean Penn and Demi Moore in the cast.

The early part of the film shows the criminals attacking the cops and jumping out of a running train towards freedom. Some hilarious coincidences later, they reach a remote village in some hill station and as fate would have it, the natives there believe them to be the priests, who were sent by the bishop to open the church there.

It was a “god sent” chance for the convicts to take refuge in the church, which was remaining closed after some mysterious murders that happened there years ago. They adopt the names of Fr.Sebastian (Biju Menon) and Fr.Paul (Kunchacko Boban), for the time being.

After beginning in a rather meek way, things get interesting after a while when the two criminals become the favourites of the parishioners, who are all mesmerized by their magical powers.

Boban Samuel has directed the film based on Y V Rajesh's script, which has its moments but when it comes to the length, the film goes on and on as a never ending saga. This is one movie that had the right settings to become a fantastic comedy, but ends up using only half the possibilities.

Pradeep Nair's visuals are good and the songs may just suit the mood. However the background score jars big time.

Continuing with their superb form as a team that was in full display with last year's hit film, Ordinary, Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon are really good in the film. Their actions and some smart lines can make you laugh in between. Especially Biju Menon, who has a terrific timing and though he speaks much less than his friend, steals the show quite easily.

The heroine, Niveda Thomas, doesn't impress much and the actor has a single expression for the whole of her screen space. The rest of the cast is fine.

Romans gives the feeling that it could have been an excellent comedy, if those behind the film had put in some more efforts into it. In the current form, it would be a decent one-time watch. Now, decide on your own.

Verdict: Watchable

 

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