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Saamy Square review: A crowd-pleaser that knows exactly who its audience is

A watchable revenge action entertainer

Source: SIFY

Friday 21 September 2018

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Movie Title

Saamy Square

Director

Hari

Star Cast

Vikram, Keerthy, Bobby, Soori

By Moviebuzz

This 80's-style actioner actually begins with the recap of the first part which was released in 2003 but still the powerful background score of Harris Jayaraj gives goosebumps. We also get to see a glimpse of Aaru Saamy, the badass cop who calls himself Porukki. To be honest, this recap has the best whistle worthy moment in the entire first half of Saamy Square. 

Now, we are told that the dead Perumal Pichai (Kota Srinivasa Rao) has three sons including the demon like Raavanan (Bobby Simha), and his two elder brothers (OAK Sundar and John Vijay) who is settled in Sri Lanka. Perumal's sons come back to Tirunelveli and establish their father as a martyr and build a statue for him. 

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Cut to the present: Ramasamy (Vikram) is an aspiring civil service student who lives in Delhi and works as manager to a Central Minister (Prabhu Ganesan). Ramasamy's grandparents has raised him as a soft natured, nice guy without letting him know about his parents death or even showing their real photo (!!!)  But when a rogue disrespects a cop, our hero turns violent and later Ramasamy chooses to become an IPS for some unknown reason. Understanding the Khaki connect, Ramasamy's granddad (Delhi Ganesh) tells him how his dad Aarusamy and mother Bhuvana (Aishwarya Rajesh) were brutally murdered by Raavanan and his brothers. Now, it's pay back time for the cop, as he reaches Tirunelveli to settle scores.


The first half of Saamy Square is filled with action scenes that has a distinct comic-book feel to it, Soori's comedy tracks that falls flat and an uninteresting romantic track.  But after a kick ass interval block, the second half move at a breakneck speed, allowing you little time to even ponder at the ridiculousness of what’s going on, especially the last 30 minutes revenge episode.   

Saamy Square is a film that makes no bones, no pretences about the fact that it is aimed at the masses. It’s loud, mindless, dumb and silly at times, but that’s all part of the Hari design. 

Vikram not only looks good but is extremely fit as a cop and he is one single reason to watch the film.  Though the film is exaggerated and formulaic, it relies squarely on the charm of its leading man to pull off its over-the-top tone. Vikram's scorching screen-presence and infectious energy is commendable. 

Compared to his recent performances, Bobby Simha as the loud villain Raavanan is perfect foil for our hero. Soori's comedy tracks are low-brow, repetitive and lazy. Keerthy Suresh in an eye candy role looks good. But being introduced as a girl who is back from London after studies only to fall in love with the hero too fast and to get beaten up twice by him is embarrassing.  Aishwarya Rajesh's cameo is forgettable.

Among Devi Sri Prasad's songs which are strictly average, the obligatory duet Metro Rail shot in Ukraine is pleasing and hummable. Cinematography and editing pattern are as same as any other Hari film. Overall, Saamy Square is rich in production values shot in multiple locations across India and is purely aimed at the mass audiences. The film is watchable for the brand Saamy and the last thirty minutes revenge episode.

Saamy Square review- Verdict: Watchable revenge action entertainer

Reactions from Social Media

Rajesh: @ReviewRajesh
#SaamySquare One of the Worst film in Vikram & Hari's carrier...a Film to forget

Vj Dinesh @logindinesh05:
#SaamySquare #SaamySquareReview 2nd half : Dual role of #Vikram made extraordinary screen presence but compared to #Saamy 1st this part could have been made better . Soori comedy is the biggest speed breaker . Overall watchable for #ChiyaanVikram

S Abishek @cinemapayyan
#SaamySquare is a proper sequel
First half is unlike a #Hari film. The story gets explained and now it's time for the hunt to begin

Prashanth Rangaswamy @itisprashanth
#SaamySquare - Soori is the speed break. Otherwise - Thalaivar Hari is back with a bang!!!! Story line and screenplay, Bobby Simhaas performance and the BGM for him. Oor side audience are going to love this!!!

Sidhu @sidhuwrites
#SaamySquare Interval: Good going. Hari pins us into the film with his old-fashioned yet engaging screenplay, the comic track is the only big hurdle. #ChiyaanVikram takes it by the horn with an amazing screen presence!

Irshad @Irshad5676
Congrats to #SaamySquare team for delivering a pakka commercial entertainer...
#Vikram n #Hari combo gets back the mojo again...
Good music n BGM by #DSP...

Ramesh Bala @rameshlaus
#SaamySquare [3/5] : Delhi backdrop in the 1st Half is a fresh idea..
Dir #Hari's trademark all over..
U can watch it for #ChiyaanVikram and the nostalgic #Aarusaamy character and whenever #Ramasaamy brings back his inner #Aarusaamy

Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#SaamySquare 1st half - The MASS interval block gives fuel for the 2nd half and makes us sit up.. Action shifts to Tirunelveli.. #ChiyaanVikram to take charge..

Sathish Kumar M @sathishmsk
#SaamySquare #Saamy2 Director Hari has not made any compromises to his usual style of template cop movie. But, he couldn’t engage the audience with faster screenplay this time. He has taken almost the whole first half to relate story & Characterisation with part 1.