Jackson Durai – Tamil Movie Review

Jackson-Durai-posterJackson Durai is another addition to the popular “Horror-comedy genre”. Does it add value to this genre? Or does it comprise run-of- the-mill elements often associated with this genre? Read more to find out ..

Jackson Durai directed by Dharanidharan (of Burma fame) is about how a series of paranormal activities get entwined with the life of a policeman. How does the police officer tackle this? How does he handle this? Jackson Durai answers these queries.

One can expect that someone who directed Burma will definitely sparkle up the screen. Instead, what we get is a mediocre transition of a tiring attempt. Punctured by a lot of loopholes the movie suffers from a lazy screenplay.

The story in itself is all over the place and lacks focus. Moving at a shallow note, Jackson Durai excites us at a few places but predominantly features a flat scale. At times we are left wondering “ Where is the high point? Why hasn’t the graph spiked up?”

Following his previous venture, Iraivi, Vivek Harshan again takes care of editing in Jackson Durai. But his editing is bare and the sequences often leak into one another.

But the jump scare cuts and edits often associated with the horror genre have been executed down right to the tee. The pace often takes a backseat and although it eventually does pick up, it is bound to test the patience of many.

The cast has done a good job. The DoP, Yuvraj, has done a decent job. The BGM fills up the quiet moments and fulfills its purpose quite effectively. The costume design and the hands behind the makeup department have rolled up their socks to give a shot at making their attempts work out and have churned out fair results.

But it’s the art design that stands out. An impressive art design is successful when it comes to recreating the premise of a place haunted by ghosts. Similarly the art director has quite effectively handled the transitions and is able to differentiate it with relative ease.

Overall the director seems to have tried his best at giving us an entertaining feature but instead cluelessly heads in a direction which lacks a sense of purpose. He handles a texture that is not definite and weaves a rather loose structure around it.

Verdict: Even a good cast finds it difficult to save this film

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