Tik Tik Tik
Tik Tik Tik: India’s first space film needs a better script and more sophistication to take off!
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
The opening sequence of Tik Tik Tik shows a comet entering Earth, followed by a much bigger asteroid that can wipe out half the population of Tamil Nadu. The countdown starts to an impending disaster and a thrilling sci-fi premise is set. However, a lack of a solid script and production design impairs the ambitious project of director Shakthi Soundar Rajan.
Director Shakthi, who previously experimented with the zombie-movie Miruthan has come up with a simple storyline and used CGI, that is quite impressive, especially since it is an Indian movie. The Defense Space Division (DSD) of the Indian army, comprising of Mahendran (Jayaprakash), Swathi (Nivetha Pethuraj) and Raghuran (Vincent Ashokan) recruit an escape artist Vasu (Jayam Ravi), who has to illegally extract a missile from a vault in space to destroy the approaching comet. However, an unknown hand comes into play, which threatens to alter Vasu’s mission.
Tik Tik Tik brings us a fresh genre in Tamil cinema with a convincing storyline, special effects and impressive performances from the actors. Though the director intends to give a great space film to Tamil audience, the weak execution of the script, lack of depth of characters and over-simplification of the situations not to forgot the revealing of the main villain very early in the plot keep Tik Tik Tik long way off the mark.
Vasu’s two friends Appu (Arjunan) and Venkat (Ramesh Thilak) add the much-needed comic relief to the film, while Nivetha and Vincent provide the much-needed support to the lead characters. Jayam Ravi pulls the role of a magician and escape artist with sass and his character’s emotional connect between his real and reel son Aarav Ravi gives the audience a beautiful father-son relationship angle. The soulful song ‘Kurumba’ hits all the right notes and is a pleasure to listen to. D. Imman has composed some thrilling background scores that intensify the pace of the movie. With a shoe-string budget, the Chennai-based VFX firm Ajax has managed to recreate crucial space sequences, that are quite believable but do require some more finesse. Right from the DSD headquarters to the Chinese space ship, the interiors lack the sophisticated and tech-savvy feel, that one would associate with it.
Tik Tik Tik can be lauded for its brave effort of creating a space film with minimal resources in a short period of time. A stronger script, an added depth to its characters and polished CGI would have taken this film to a whole new level.