Director Vikram Kumar's much-awaited movie "24," the dubbed version of the Suriya, Samantha and Nithya Menen-starrer with the same name, has received positive reviews and rich ratings from Telugu film critics.
Written by Vikram Kumar, "24" is a science fiction thriller film based on a watch. The movie has an interesting concept and the director has narrated it in a superb way. He has done a lot of research on the subject and it is clearly visible in every frame of the flick, say critics.
Sethuraman and Athreya (Suriya) are twin brothers. Sethu is a scientist and he invents a time machine. Athreya is an evil-minded person and he kills Sethu and his wife Priya (Nithya Menen) in a bid to snatch the watch. However, Sethu saves his son Mani (Suriya) and hands over the watch to him, before he breathes his last. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
The first half of the movie is very engaging with some romance and comedy scenes. An interesting twist before the interval bang sets momentum for the pace of the story. Post interval, the film gets serious and some interesting twists and turns make the film a nail-biting watch. The climax is gripping and brilliant, as critics point out.
Vikram Kumar has done a superb job in characterisation of "24." Suriya has played three roles and he has done justice to them. His brilliant performance is another highlight in the film after its script. Samantha and Nithya Menen have done their jobs well and their performances are also among the big assets of the film.
Made with a whopping budget of Rs. 70 crore, "24" boasts of superb production values that are on par with international standards. AR Rahman's music, Tirru's camera work, good VFX works and action choreography are the attractions on the technical front, add the critics. We bring you some critics' verdict and ratings for the film. Continue to see them in the "24" movie review round-up:
24 is surely one of the most technically brilliant films that has come out in the recent past. Suriya's spell binding triple role, racy thrills and engaging concept will impress you big time. This film will take Suriya's stardom to the top level and proves that whenever he does something different, it is bound to attract everyone. Finally, if you keep your expectations in check and bear the lack luster love track, 24 will entertain you completely.
Vikram Kumar has proved his mettle once again, and in short he has proved that the success of 'Manam' is not just Luck. He has provided quality entertainment with '24' and he has done lots of research for the movie. It is obvious in each and every frame. There is a surprise twist at the interval block where younger suriya meets his past and everyone will definitely come to edge of the seat. Editing should have been a lot better. The movie has its flaws, and we can also say the movie has shades from various Hollywood movies, but still this one is a 'Welcome' note to Tamil cinema.
Although 24 has limited appeal and has its minuses it is one of the best movies in recent times. We won't get to see such ideas being executed by our filmmakers where the majority of audience loves to watch the masala stuff. Vikram Kumar needs a pat on the back for exploring something unusual and Suriya should be lauded for backing such an innovative idea. 24 is a must watch for audience that are craving something different in an Indian film.
This is neither a Sci-Fi thriller nor a VFX movie. '24' is a slow paced family drama with a backdrop of time travel. Time travel part has been etched very well brilliantly, rest is just OK. You may watch it once with patience, that too go without any expectations around VFX. Initial social media euphoria may not withstand, and at Telugu Box-office it may struggle to recover the moolah, considering the upcoming biggies.