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Spyder movie review: SJ Suryah owns every frame in this Mahesh Babu starrer

Spyder movie review: Director AR Murguadoss introduces us to Sudalai (SJ Suryah) with a brutal crime that happens under Shiva's (Mahesh Babu) watch. Murguadoss's main protagonist and antagonist and the conflict between them look inspired from filmmaker Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Manoj Kumar R | New Delhi | Updated: September 28, 2017 4:45 pm
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Spyder movie cast: Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet, SJ Suryah, RJ Balaji
Spyder movie director: AR Murugadoss
Spyder movie rating: 3.5

In Spyder, Shiva (Mahesh Babu), an Intelligence Bureau official, doesn’t mind bending the rules so long as it saves people’s lives and prevents a crime from taking place. When people make panic calls, his systems send him an alert and he listens to the distress calls using his spy apps. One such call lands him a geeky girlfriend, played by Rakul Preet Singh. And another such call makes him cross paths with serial killer Sudalai, outstandingly played by SJ Suryah.

The psychopathic serial killer is on the prowl in the city. He is not alone. He has got assistance from his younger brother (Bharath), who stalks and collects details of their next prey. Unlike most of the serial killers, these two has got no particular preferences in selecting their victims. They kill everyone from teenage girls to elderly people, without any discrimination of male or female. The wailing sounds and flowing tears of unconsolable kin of their victims give these killers a high. A sadistic pleasure that they started experiencing when they were kids.

Director AR Murguadoss introduces us to Sudalai with a brutal crime that happens under Shiva’s watch. Shiva rushes to a crime scene where two females, one a teenage girl and another a woman cop (Shiva’s friend) have been cut into pieces and their body parts have been mixed up. The director spares us the blood and gory visuals of the above-described scene as he leaves everything to our imagination.

The main antagonist of Murguadoss’ film strikes fear in the audience even before he is introduced on the screen. We don’t know how he looks but we are terrified by the mere thought of him hiding in plain sight.

Murguadoss’s main protagonist and antagonist and the conflict between them look inspired from filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. In one scene, Shiva tells his friend played by RJ Balaji that he is neither Spiderman or Superman. It seems like he knows that he is a Batman. He spies on people with fancy gadgets and unofficially, anonymously, he fights the crime. Like the Joker, Sudalai is insane and commits crimes for the pleasure. He likes killing people with blades and cuts them into pieces. And he televises his evil plans of killing people to get what he wants. He is an “agent of chaos.”

The confrontation between two characters is the highlight of the narration. Both are equally smart. But, when it comes to physical strength, Shiva has got one-up on Sudalai. If Sudalai lands a jab, Shiva comes back at him with a hook. While Sudalai thinks he has got his opponent against the ropes, Shiva manages to fight his way off the ropes. The back and forth exchange between the two prime characters is well written and smartly executed with convincing performances. More importantly, the logic in the narration is very much intact.

The scenes where a group of housewives bond together by overcoming their fears to stop a murderer. Or when people realise that they have a moral duty to lend a helping hand to another fellow human being in the middle of a crisis are very strong and moving. And the director has made use of Mahesh Babu’s comic timing to provide us some relief from all the tense moments.

Murugadoss has also shown considerable changes in his narration techniques in Spyder. The way he has staged the scenes with Suryah, including a casual reveal of his victim’s dead body in a house, where he has held a family as hostage. The backstory of Sudalai and the convincing performances he has extracted from the supporting cast are some of the features of Murugadoss’s direction in Spyder that looks refreshing. Thankfully, unlike Kaththi, he has not forcefully injected songs that hamper the speed of the narration. Though I personally feel, it would have been much better without Haali Haali song that follows after an important face-off between Shiva and Sudalai.

Murugadoss gives us creeps with the way he has presented Suryah as Sudalai. Be it his hairstyle, mannerisms or how he revels in other’s pain, Suryah owns every frame. The narration only catches up speed when he comes into it. The director has balanced the creepiness of his antagonist with a charming protagonist, Mahesh. Like many of his film, Murugadoss’s Spyder also has a message that speaks of the evils of our civilization.

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  1. R
    Oct 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm
    I didn't understand why don't telugu audiences develop. It's really good movie all the 3 movies which came this festival season are really good movies and many of them told me that it was a good movie and then I watched it's really good which deserves at least a rating between 3.5 to 4. I'm a genuine Mahesh Babu's fan. I hated Brahmotsavam it was so bad and boring. But please encourage these kind of different movies and understand good movies. Please stop encoraging regular mass movies. My rating 3.8/5
    1. M
      Oct 6, 2017 at 9:08 am
      It wa a b er movie, how cud mahesh sign this and murugadoss commit such a comedy disaster I’m totally schocked. How cud a small kid wud commit so many murders out of box....that roller coaster action fight was unbeleviebke which cud make even a kid upset what happens with director, producer dint they watch the movie thoroughly before the release... dat rock rolling scenes which is stopped by mahesh is much notorious.... hospital fighting science was cherry on the cake comedy... quality cinema was expected thru muragadoss who gave us legendary movie’s pushed us so much down dat he had made a big mistake by doing this... our expectation trashed with such a bluffing movie... pls director sir if sum how this critics reaches u never do it again... u were spoken for not how much ur movie earns money in box office it spoke what legendary impression it created in the history of filmography pls retain it,I Wudvhave never allowed to release it if I was in ur crew keeping ur dignity
      1. R
        Sep 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm
        A movie that has so much violence in the first half that you feel like leaving by the interval (and I did leave). May be one in million will have the mindset of the villian potrayed. He is brought up in a graveyard and cant' eat food unless he sees a dead body and people crying. How sick??. Is this the movie you want to release on the eve of a major festival? You want people to watch graveyards, multiple deaths by /lunatics for the first 1.5 hours of the movie? Completely disappointed. Had decent expectations from a Mahesh Babu movie on the eve of Dushera. The fact that these sort of movies are being released shows lack of respect for people. I urge people not to encourage these kind of movies by watching them.
        1. P
          Sep 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm
          Such a hopeless movie and it won't even deserve a star . These sponsored reviews are so misleading.
          1. V
            Sep 28, 2017 at 10:46 am
            Exellent movie this movie is all time record dnt negative thots murga dass wonder full director Mahesh babu sir acting wonder full
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