Sathura Adi 3500
Sathura Adi 3500: Unfunny, Illogical and Amateur
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
From bearing a boring ghost to holding characters to a baseless script, Sathura Adi 3500 has everything going wrong for it. It is almost like a nightmare you can’t seem to wake up from. For a movie solely riding on the thrill factor, it is completely devoid of thrills, logic and many more such vital aspects.
Karuna (Nikhil Mohan) is a relentless police officer who is determined to get to the bottom of Stephen’s (Akash) mysterious murder. At the front of every step he takes forward, he is interrupted by the victim’s ghost who seemingly has a plan of its own. The revelations of people involved in this murder and whether or not revenge is served in a cold silver platter becomes the core of this plot.
Director Jaison tries to revive too many borrowed plot twists and puts them together in a narrative that lacks the ability to stand on its own. You have a love-story between a mechanic and a wealthy girl (a weak reference to Director Balaji Shakthivel’s Kadhal), an item song that does not belong, character actors whose comedy is hurried and unfunny and most of all, unintentional comedy that helps you bear the horrendous experience that is thrust upon you.
In most scenes the lip-sync is terrible, in other sequences the actors show no kind of interest at all. It’s as though, the cast members knew of the plot’s amateurism and its meager execution. You start to wonder how the director decided to proceed with such an unoriginal, poorly written and logically irrelevant script in the first place.
In one scene, a doctor issues a death certificate to a person who is alive, in another scene, a possessed girl’s absurd one liners have you rolling your eyes. How does anyone not notice the brainlessness of these proceedings? But all of these unintentionally funny happenings appear weak before the especially unimaginative climax sequence. Character after character jumps at the camera, bearing guns as they demonstrate an unbelievably dull shootout that should have ideally been aimed at you to put you out of the misery you will now be experiencing.
Even though you know better than to question this apparent lack of logic, certain uncontrollably relevant questions arise in your mind. Where is the three-act structure? Why are the dialogues so unresponsive? How can a ghost possibly be boring?
Nikhil Mohan delivers a performance that falls awfully flat. None of the film’s proceedings invoke a decent reaction from the young lad. Ineya barely has anything to do in the film and so do actors like Mano Bala and Prathap Pothen. Rahman is once again used to promote the film heavily but he actually appears just for a microsecond. Kovai Sarala once again gets type casted into a role that requires her to recycle all of her previous performances.
Visually, the film is as faulty as its writing. Disjointed camera angles run devoid of frame suspense. Most of the visuals reek of immaturity. Furthermore, even the music lacks originality or class.
On the whole, Sathura Adi 3500 is a classic case of all things gone terribly wrong. It would be wise of you to stay far, far away from this one.