The most difficult thing is to make a sequel to a hit film work with the audiences. Suriya the complete actor has worked hard to make 'Singam 2', another mass masala entertainer like the original. But 'Singam-2' beats you to a pulp, cinematically. This eighties-style, low-IQ, deafeningly loud, unapologetically crass, mind-numbing movie is packaged just for Suriya fans!
'Singam 2' works in bits and pieces. It is fast paced with a thoroughly enjoyable first half which slackens in the second half with a predictable climax. Our hero Doraisingam (Suriya) has gone undercover and is working as an NCC officer in a school in Thuthukoodi. He feels something fishy is happening in the seas around the coastal town.
There are two bad guys Bhai (Mukesh Rishi) and Thangaraj (Rahman) who control the coastal belt with their nefarious activities. Meanwhile Sathya (Hansika) a student in the school falls for Doraisingam due to his daring acts. However, he still loves Kavya (Anushka) and is waiting to marry her. Meanwhile the bad guys join hands with an international drug dealer Danny (Danny Sapani) to flood the market with brown sugar. How our one-man army defeats the evil forces is what the rest of the film is about.
Doraisingam, roars most of the time, eye balls popping out and smashes baddies into the ground as he jumps about 6 feet high and attacks from top (just like a Lion)!! So fans can’t complain- They get maximum entertainment from their favourite hero as he mouths corny punchlines, samples- “We have to listen to our parents and who else?” “My job is like my God and police station is my temple”
All the characters in the original like Anushka, Vivek, Radha Ravi, Sumitra, Nassar etc etc are here too but all of them look like caricatures mouthing their lines perfectly. The new addition- Santhanam as Sappa and Hansika as Satya shines. Though Santhanam and his lines are so predictable, he is such a relief between all the roarings. His dream scene dancing with Anushka is a scream.
Hansika delivers her part with conviction and is looking fresh and gets the sympathy in the end. The climax in South Africa where Doraisingam single-handedly pins down the international drug dealer as the police looks in awe is so filmy. Logic, of course, is the last priority here. Anushka looks jaded, has nothing to do but sizzle with Suriya in two songs. Suriya as Doraisingam is terrific.
One of the biggest reasons for 'Singam' success was it had foot-tapping music by Devi Sri Prasad, but 'Singam 2' major drawback is the lack of peppy numbers. The song picturisation and placement is awry, and acts as a loo-break. Priyan’s camera is good, especially the top angle sky-cam shots of Thoothukudi. The film is too long at 2 hrs 47 minutes and needs trimming.
On the whole, 'Singam-2' is pure noise.
Verdict: Strictly for Suriya fans