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Iru Mugan movie review: Vikram-starrer is not the Onam gift we were hoping for

Iru Mugan movie review: Vikram in a double role, Nayanthara and Nithya Menen cannot rescue this sloppily written sci-fi. The saving grace of this Onam release.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Krishna Vamsi | Hyderabad |
September 8, 2016 5:21:11 pm
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Iru Mugan movie cast: Vikram, Nayanthara, Nithya Menen
Iru Mugan movie director: Anand Shankar

There is a drug named ‘Speed 5’ introduced early in Iru Mugan and the entire cast spends 154 minutes to knock out the audience. This is Iru Mugan — Inkokkadu in Telugu — in one line for you.

The Vikram-starrer is a badly made hodge-podge of Hollywood movies, or rather their crux. Iru Mugan draws inspiration from Bradley Cooper-starrer Limitless as well as how Hitler led his Blitzkrieg by providing meth pills to his army during World War II.

Here is taking a stab at the plot: Indian intelligence agencies are trying to stop an eccentric chemist (Vikram as Love) who has made a powerful drug that can turn anybody into a killing machine. Hero Akhilan Vinod (Vikram again) is an ex-RAW agent who is assigned to stop Love, along with case officer Aarushi (Nithya Menen). Akhil also wants to avenge the deaths of wife Meera George (Nayanthara) and his partner.

The plot is very sketchy with too many characters and too little action. Not one character is given enough screen time to stand out or make their presence felt. Vikram(s) and Nayanthara try their best to push the action forward but are let down by the script.

Nithya Menen, who tried a serious character for the first time, gets a role that is not written well enough and ends carelessly. The one character who manages to hold your attention is Vikram’s baddie, Love. The character manages to outshine the protagonist, given his eccentric mien and signature whistle.

Iru Mugan, Halena song teaser, Vikram, Nayanthar, Iru Muga's song Iru Mugan’s song titled Halena’s still, starring Vikram and Nayanthara.

Where Iru Mugan as a sci-fi fails is its failure to explain the science. In sci-fi thrillers, you have to merge the science with the script, not pause and lecture about it. Almost all the characters, especially the villain, take time to explain the science behind every gimmick. For instance, in the scene where chemical compounds are being used to make a toxin, we are explained something as basic as how to take fingerprints.

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And it is not just the audience’s awareness that the film has a low opinion of, even the Malaysian police force is turned into a butt of jokes. Actually, after a while, you start seeing them as comic relief.

Watch | Iru Mugan trailer here.

To sum it up, the movie is all about easily accessible kingpins, predictable ambushes, comic undercover operations, worst escape plan ever and a paltry police force. However, music director Harris Jayraj deserves accolades for delivering a hummable score. That is the only reward for spending time and money on Iru Mugan on Onam eve.

Also read | Iru Mugan quick movie review: Vikram offers double the fun

After his hits Anniyan and I, Vikram has made it clear that it is just Shankar S, and not the other Shankar, who can bring out his acting prowess.

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