Kee review: Well researched but falls short of expectations!
Kee is a well-researched that doesn't meet the mark
Critic's Rating: 2/5
Saturday 11 May 2019
Jiiva, Nikki Galrani, Padmasoorya
It’s quite evident that debutant director Kalees has done plenty of research for his techno psychological thriller Kee and he surprises you with a lot of unknown facts. But what works against his hard work is the commercial ingredients including the forced dad-son sentiment and a lifeless romance (our Kollywood directors should seriously undergo a crash course to get the romance right on the big screen).
Siddharth (Jiiva) is a brilliant hacker and often uses his brain to befriend beautiful girls and helps his friends to get through the examinations. A reporter (Anaika Soty) investigates about the recent mysterious murders in the city and comes to know that unknown techies enjoy torturing innocent people by getting into their electronic gadgets like mobile phones and computer.
The gang’s modus operandi is to find disturbed people and lure them by killing the person they hate the most. Later, the disturbed people would either become the slaves for the gang or commit suicide. The gang’s mastermind (an impressive Govind Padmasoorya) finds out that Siddharth identifies their existence and hence, try to psychologically attack him by targeting the lives of his loved ones. The rest of the film is all about the clash between the ethical and unethical hackers!
Kee is quite impressive in the scenes focusing the cybercrime and hacking angles, the research work of the director is laudable that he explained many unexplored topics including dark web, technical and scientific ideas throughout the film. But the film is largely affected by the commercial compromises. The songs and comedy scenes are totally needless for a techno psychological thriller like this.
Though RJ Balaji tickles our funny bones occasionally, Rajendra Prasad and Suhasini who played as Jiiva’s parents test our patience which their sentimental overdose. Nikki Galrani is underutilised and the director has given her the image of a bubbly girl who eats the ice cream given by the hero in the thrilling climax!
Technically, Kee looks super sound with the impressive background score of Vishal Chandrasekhar and grand visuals of Abinandan Ramanujam. The film’s editor Nagooran could’ve easily trimmed the length by twenty minutes by chopping off the romantic portions and the songs.
Overall, if you could overlook the commercial hindrances, Kee is a watchable techno psychological thriller
Kee review: Average