24 tamil movie review – Suriya glitters in this awesomely made time machine flick

24 is an Indian Tamil-language science fiction thriller film, written and directed by Vikram Kumar. The film stars Suriya, Samantha and Nithya Menen.

Movie review
Reviewed by Madhukar KR (krmadhukar@nehamediahouse.in)

Planet Movies Rating: 4/5

4stars

Director Vikram K Kumar and Suriya took the risk of a failed formula of a time machine theme based film in Indian Cinema and have come up as winners with a thumping victory.

The film entertains and how!! The production values are high with brilliant visuals and heart thumping music by the maestro AR Rahman. Suriya has proved yet again that he is the demigod of acting by playing a triple role in this supremely entertaining flick.

Actor Suriya has played triple roles in the film, with five appearances. One of the roles being that of an antagonist, five to six looks were designed for him.The antagonist character “Athreya” is a wicked, yet smart guy who goes to any extent to fulfill his desires. In this particular role Suriya shines and reminds us of the wicked Chitti from Rajni’s Endhiran.

The theme of a time machine based movies have been tried before by bollywood such as Aa dekhe Zara starring Neil nitin and bipasha, love story 2050 of Priyanka Chopra and a shelved project called time machine by Shekar kapoor starring Aamir Khan.
What the older films couldn’t pull off has been pulled off by Suriya as though the core of the film is about controlling time the film boasts of great visuals, mother sentiments, revenge drama and a cute romantic story with some hunmable songs.

The film has a good amount of comic scenes featuring Suriya to keep the audiences in splits. The film does lack a bit of pace in the 2nd half but picks up pace very soon Tobe back on track.

Samantha and Nithya Menon have played pivotal roles in this otherwise a hero oriented film. Memorable scene is the one when Suriya freezes time and the falling rain droplets and plays with it. This is one of the best scenes ever seen on a silver screen.

Verdict

The film is a feast for Suriya fans or otherwise. It’s a summer treat for film buffs for sure.
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How did the film come through

In August 2009, director Vikram Kumarannounced that he was set to direct a film titled 24. The film was backed by producer Mohan Natarajan, which would feature actorVikram in a lead role. Harris Jayaraj was confirmed to score the music and P. C. Sreeram to handle the film cinematography.By late 2009, the filming commenced at AVM Studios, Chennai. Sets that resembled dense forests and caves were replicated. In an interview with The Times of India inChennai, director Vikram stated: “We have signed Ileana D’Cruz to do 24. It will be her re-launch in Tamil cinema. She has given us bulk dates from February 2010 for the second schedule of the film.” In February 2010, Vikram Kumar officially announced that he had dropped the film. Vikram clarified that he fine-tuned the film script but it was rejected by actor Vikram and the film producer.Further, the other reason cited was that the director had failed to provide the complete script even while production expenses were increasing. Due to difference of opinions, the director voluntarily walked out and stated that he had been making changes in the script and will approach a leading actor in future.Vikram Kumar later approached Mahesh Babuwith the script, who was disinterested with the offer.

In August 2014, Suriya’s production company2D Entertainment announced the project through their official Twitter handle. In October 2014, A. R. Rahman was announced as the film soundtrack and score composer. Actor Suriya was confirmed as the male lead. The main plot of the revived project was the same as the one narrated to actor Vikram but over the years, Vikram Kumar changed the screenplay with new dimensions in narration.In an interview Suriya pointed the core of the plot stating: “The one thing that humans cannot control is “time” but what if one has the power to do so. This is the core theme of the film 24.”

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