Packed with several funny, outrageous twists, Soodhu Kavvum (SV) makes for a great one time watch. You can’t possibly enjoy the film a second time because most of the plot is closely attached to the twists.
Treading the path few Tamil films have attempted, Soodhu Kavvum proves yet again that content is king. A brawl in a bar brings together four petty criminals hoping to make ends meet by pulling off small crimes. Three have no prior experience in any sort of criminal activities but Dass, the most senior amongst them, has been kidnapping for the last few years. Dass recruits the three wastrels and teaches them kidnapping techniques.
Before we know it, the team of misfit kidnappers are out on the streets, abducting random people for small amounts of money because they don’t want to get too greedy. However, things take an unexpected turn when they kidnap the son of a local minister. The supposedly easy task almost gets the four killed. What did they do to put their own lives in danger? This forms the rest of the story.
The film is similar to British comedy Four Lions, especially the plot revolving around the four lead characters. While the English flick was about how four misfit ‘Jihadis’ wish to blow something up to join a terrorist group, this is about four unemployed men who wish to pull off one last kidnapping to settle down in life. Of course, nowhere does Soodhu Kavvum appears to be a frame to frame copy of the English film, so the possibility of a copy can be ruled out.
The humour in the film never evokes laughter, but entertains at regular intervals. It progresses at an unhurried pace, except for the extended second half that could have been easily chopped by few minutes.