Sathya review: The biggest strength is its unpredictability
Sathya is essential viewing, a film that deserves to be watched
Friday 8 December 2017
Sibiraj, Ramya Nambeesan, Varalakshmi, Sathish
Unquestionably one of the smartest films this year, the biggest strength of Sathya is its unpredictability. Director Pradeep Krishnamoorty’s script (a faithful remake of Telugu classic crime thriller ‘Kshanam’ with minimal changes) is the real hero. You are drawn into this compelling crime drama right from the beginning and it keeps you guessing till the very end.
Sathya(Sibiraj) has a perfect corporate job in Australia and is not interested in falling in love. One day, he gets a call from ex-lover Swetha (Ramya Nembeesan), whose five-year-old daughter Riya is kidnapped by two strangers two months back and she needs help. Cops in Chennai had investigated and closed the file stating that the kid does not exist and it is Swetha’s hallucinations and she needs psychiatric help!
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Swetha’s neighbors and her husband also convince Sathya that Shwetha has no children and it is all her imagination. Can Sathya solve this mind-numbing puzzle?
No fancy slo-mo shots, no piercing sound effects, every frame is crafted lovingly. The cinematography is stylish and evocative, and Simon K King’s songs (Yavvanna, Sanggu) and BGM stands out. The film’s production design is top-class and another impressive aspect of Sathya is the witty and catchy dialogues of Karthik Krishna.
If there’s one problem with Sathya , it is the unpredictability which becomes monotonous in the second half and the climax looks rushed.
To be fair, the acting is consistently top-notch across the board. It is Sibi Sathyaraj’s best ever performance and he is the glue that holds this film together. He delivers an intricate, nuanced performance that's hard to fault. Ramya Nambeesan delivers yet another fine performance and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar shines in a new look and her climax portion is a revelation. For a change Sathish does a serious role and he is good.
Sathya is essential viewing, a film that deserves to be watched, especially for its masterful film-making. It is an intelligent edge-of-the- seat crime thriller.
Sathya review: Verdict- Good
Reactions from Social Media:
pravin loveable boy @pravinpraveen20
#Sathya is a fantastic solid thriller. @Sibi_Sathyaraj one of the best movie ever and you are well deserve that role #sathya n @varusarath very bold dialogues and pls choose the character like this in future. positive review everywhere.. congrats to the whole team..
Prashanth Rangaswamy @itisprashanth
Selfie review @karthickkrishna has written the dialogues for #Sathya . So sharp and so customized. You will go places bro. Heart felt wishes !!
Sarath Ak @sarath24400400
#Sathya Superb story.. My review -4.5/5 fantastic suspense crime thriller movie! Bgm visual vera level! @Sibi_Sathyaraj Ur acting mass. @varusarath your role very bold great acting!@nambessan_ramya awesome acting Beautiful looking!all the vry best!
Mahesh Kumar. A @maheshkumar_ero
Every review got positive about #sathya jeichitinga sibi ah waiting for watch a movie @Sibi_Sathyaraj
#Sathya - 3.5/5, fantastic suspense crime thriller. Easily the best of @Sibi_Sathyaraj, looks fresh and delivered a matured subtle performance. One more important film for @varusarath