Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil review: A deliciously packed entertainer

Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil review: A deliciously packed entertainer

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Sunday 01 April 2018

Movie Title

Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil review: A deliciously packed entertainer


Tinu Pappachan

Star Cast

Antony Varghese, Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod Jose

Debutantdirector Tinu Pappachan’s SwathanthryamArdharathriyil is narrating thestory of a prison break and is deliciously packed. 

Jacob(Antony Varghese) is working as a manager in a finance company and is in lovewith Betty (Aswathy). The love birds run into an unfortunate situation where acop is killed. They are now trying to run away from the cops, who are behind them. 

But theirplans fail and Jacob ends up in a jail. 

The storythen shifts to the jail and as the title suggests, the hero and the gang who heforms there hatch a plan for “freedom at midnight”. It’s all happening insideJacob’s brain initially and he is reluctant to share any of his plans even withhis trusted allies like Simon (Vinayakan) or Devassy (Chemban Vinod Jose). 

Now, it’s obviousfor comparisons to happen with movies that told stories of prison break from The Shawshank Redemption to many othersand then you get the feeling that this could have been smartly written. Herethings mostly happen as coincidences that too in a predictable way. You willhave to watch things without thinking about logic and one even gets the feelingthat film is glorifying crime! 

A big thumbs up to cinematographer Gireesh Gangadharan for his outstanding visualsthat takes the film to great heights. The music is also top notch. 

AntonyVarghese, who made quite an impression as Vincent Pepe in last year’s brilliantAngamaly Diaries, looks strikinglyhandsome. Vinayakan is terrific, though he is only there for a brief period.Chemban Vinod Jose is natural and impressive. Tito Wilson shines as one of theprisoners, who has a score to settle with Jacob. 

Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil is technically brilliant and hasbeen passionately presented. Though it could have been more convincing, even inthe current form, this one definitely gives you some edge of the seat moments. 

Verdict: An engaging watch

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