Lucifer review: An intriguing political crime thriller with smashing dialogues
With his suave looks, Mohanlal gives enough to cheer for the audience as Stephen Nedumbally in Lucifer
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 28 March 2019
Mohanlal, Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas
Prithviraj’s directorial debut, Lucifer, is set in a large canvas with politics, crime, revenge and emotions mixed in a delightful way.
The story begins with the death of Chief Minister P K Ramdas (Sachin Khedekar), which initiates a political turmoil. The wily players within the party swings into action from then on. Ramdas’ daughter Priyadarshini (Manju Warrier) and her husband Bobby (Vivek Oberoi) dictate terms.
The party top brass and Ramdas’ family come up with a suggestion to anoint the deceased CM’s younger son Jathin Ramdas (Tovino Thomas) as the successor. This was acceptable for the major players as it would sideline the powerful Stephen Nedumbally (Mohanlal), Ramdas’ foster son.
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The feud for power begins then. Bobby is planning to cash in on the opportunity as he strike deals with some underworld gangs to trade drugs. He is looking for the right climate to bring in hefty funds and initiate drug dealings.
Stephen is running an orphanage and has huge popularity in his party. Veteran leader Varma (Sai Kumar) tries for a truce between Stephen and Bobby but in vain. Now it is a full-fledged war and as Stephen says, a war is never between good and evil, it is actually between bigger evil and lesser evil.
The rather elaborate and fine script by Murali Gopy has been moulded into an engaging drama with delicious visuals and stylish frames by Prithviraj and his team. The narrative moves ahead with so many twists and turns, which keeps the viewer interested during the duration of around 2 hours and 50 minutes.
With his suave looks, Mohanlal gives enough to cheer for the audience as Stephen Nedumbally. He shines with his amazing dialogue delivery and looks convincing as he takes on his rivals. He is easily the best thing about this film and his superb performance in a way make you forget the shortcomings if any. Vivek Oberoi, who plays the villain, is menacing. His performance is brilliant.
There are some other terrific performances, which includes Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith Sukumaran and Sai Kumar. Prithviraj looks dishy in a brief role.
Lucifer is a masala entertainer that is no less than a treat for the fans of Mohanlal. It is an intriguing political crime thriller with smashing dialogues. Go for it!
Verdict: An entertaining thriller
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#LuciferReview .One of the Best Making for a Mass Entertainer.. Lalettan's Stardom perfectly blended with Top class Direction. BGM sema !!
prasoon kumar @prasoonkumarkp
#Lucifer in one word... Only our 'L' can do it... That screen presence... loved it. Kudos
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DHANIL K @myblackboard
By #Lucifer , @PrithviOfficial joins that very small elite league of blockbuster Mass movie directors, whom made the movie hit the target by craft than scripts/dialogues
Muhammad Adhil @urstrulyadhil
#Lucifer : Though Murali Gopy's writing is flat at most places @PrithviOfficial manages to present it neatly cashing upon @Mohanlal 's screen presence and his technical team.Emotional depth is missing between the characters.1 tym watch for me.Nevertheless, fans has enuf to cheer
#lucifer so far an energetic thriller. Prithvi did a great job . Thrilling and gripping story. Class movie.