Sadhuram 2 -Tamil Movie Review

sadhuram-2-tamil-2016-500x500Sadhuram 2 is the Tamil version of James Wan’s Saw directed by Sumanth Radhakrishnan. The cast includes Yog Japee, Riaz, Brihadish, Roheit Nair, Suja Varunee, Sanam Shetty among others playing important roles. Music for the film has been composed by Girish Gopalakrishnan and cinematography has been handled by Sathish.

What is about?
If you’ve seen saw, you don’t have to be reading this part. To The others, well, the film deals with a social mechanism set in motion by a seemingly psychotic killer who ingeniously traps people in a square room that he calls ‘Sadhuram’. How does he do it? Why does he do it? More importantly, who is he? Is what Sadhuram 2 is about.

What makes up the film?
The film follows the same plot of Saw but this review does not focus on comparing this film to the latter but instead tries to present the view of a person who hasn’t watched it.

The film tries to capture and showcase through the eyes of a person with psychotic notions that everybody has a darker side to them which they don’t realise is terribly wrong unless they’re faced with death. The entire film is a showroom displaying the ingenious plot of the insane sadist who tries to teach a lesson to his chosen victims.

What works?
The cast. Yog Japee’s flair as an actor is on display, and reminds one of his iconic Dharma character in Soodhu Kavvum. Others such as Riaz, Brihadish, Roheit Nair, Sanam Shetty and Suja Varunee have also done a good job. The engagement of the film can be termed as interest evoking.

What doesn’t work?
The technical issues. The film suffers loss of points in terms of presentation. Be it the camera angles, experimentally strange editing work, or the clarity in plot, the film could have been wrapped neatly, considering the fact that it has an already established story to work on.

Trying to convey already established information again and again seemed like the makers underestimate their audience. It also leads to a drop in engagement and of course, presentation value. There are visible flaws like not enough blood after a person’s leg gets amputated in the film, and the film is seen trying to hide it with editing.

Overall, the film lacks production value, technical finesse and the extra mile effort required to match it’s Hollywood predecessor’s success, and required more clarity and crispness in plot to make it a good watch for a person who hasn’t seen Saw previously.

Verdict: Sadhuram 2 lacked finesse in presentation.

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