The much-anticipated scene from Theri, in which Vijay sings a nursery rhyme to some goons, and a few other scenes where his character’s supernatural abilities have been showcased, offer the only moments of relief in this “mass entertainer”.
It’s true that we don’t go to watch a Vijay film expecting a logical screenplay or sequences. But here, the passionate fanbase of an average actor with very little variety of expressions and body language does nothing but encourage a budding director to repeat a long-buried formula and storyline on the big screen.
The movie, possibly the millionth remake of Rajnikanth’s revenge film Basha, where the hero is a daredevil with a larger-than-life persona, is yawn-inducing. In Theri, Vijay plays Joseph Kuruvilla, a baker who lives a peaceful life in Kerala with his daughter Nivi (Nainika). When Nivi’s school teacher Annie (Amy Jackson) shows interest in Joseph and follows him, his past is revealed — he was once Vijayakumar, the deputy commissioner of Chennai.
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The story is predictable and Vijay’s limitations as an actor are exposed in melodramatic scenes. Nainika, daughter of south Indian actress Meena, looks charming. Samantha and Jackson both look like they were used to add to the glamour quotient. The saving grace is Mahendran , who enacted the antagonist’s role with ease.
Cinematographer George C Williams does a good job behind the camera, capturing the beautiful landscapes of Kerala, and GV Prakash’s songs go well with the total absurdity of the movie.
Theri depicts brutal violence, so the only question that remains at the end of the movie is, why did our overtly-sensitive censor board reward this movie with a ‘U’ certificate?