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    Jil Jung Juk

    An enjoyable adventurous ride. Light & easy, breezy movie. First time without a heroine?
    Excellent casting, cinematography and music. Except Shoot the kuruvi had been part of the movie, instead of during rolling credits.
    Loved the indirect reference to Hara Hara Mahadevaki of WhatsApp.

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    Visaranai

    Take a bow, Vetri Maaran!! Even if you retire today, your name will still be significant in Tamil cinema history because of Visaranai.

    While most Tamil cop films glorify encounter specialists, Visaranai speaks for the other end of the spectrum. The haunting silence in the hall once the movie ends says it all.. I have not watched a movie recently which stands so close to reality like Visaranai. When the boys are arrested and brought to the station, the policeman starts selecting the right lathi for the 'treatment'. The viewers can feel the same fear as that of the boys. Brilliant writing and making.

    Samuthirakani is fast becoming a great actor from being good. He can be proud of this role for the entirety of his life. Who is that Telugu police officer? Menacing!!

    Visaranai is that film that every TFI fan can be proud of. Hope it gets the success it deserves so that film makers will dare to do such films.

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    Jil Jung Juk (The Good, the Bad, the Ugly) [2016 : Tamil : 2h15m : Comedy (Satire, Literary nonsense, Pop Culture - Gangster)]

    Co-Written & Directed by Deeraj Vaidy
    Music : Vishal Chandrashekhar (Inam, Appuchi Gramam)
    Editor : Kurtz Schneider
    Cinematography : Shreyaas Krishna

    Starring : Jasmin Bhasin (cameo), Siddharth, Avinash Raghudevan, Sananth Reddy with Radharavi, Nassar, Amarendran, RJ Balaji, Sai Dheena & Bagavathi Perumal in extended cameos



    Good happens. Bad happens. And then we know shit happens! It's about life where the good things come first, for exemple you get a job, make friends and enjoy a film shooting featuring your favourite actress. In between these short & memorable times, a sudden change brings in a midget size bad omen when you allow your car to meet a tree or be stranded in the middle of nowhere without fuel or even your 'dearer-than-life' car gets stolen. Good teaches us to face the bad, but just until the point where ugly things start to show their gaint shapes - for instance you get caught amoung people who think "When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye (Cathy Guisewite)". The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - simply put to make understanding easy - Jil Jung Juk is exactly what life can provide you with during the most important moments as described by the Saints - the moment between Life & Death.

    The film - Jil Jung Juk - starts at somewhere and ends at somewhere, and that's the extrodinary beauty of the movie. Just to show their attraction towards cricket, the Producer-Director (Siddarth-Deeraj Vaidy) duo open their film with a 20-20 reference, which actually conveys nonsense through a lecture about the world been drowned by self-proclaimed wounds, but the citizens still play cricket and make movies - the two inseparable entertainment in anyone's personel life (exceptions excluded). With this awesome start, Deivanayagam (Amarendran) is under an enormous stress to deliver the last package of 'a 'crystalline powder', lets give it a name - The Crack - to the asian mafia. He and his two side-kicks, one a chauffeur and the other a kind of an employment agent, rework an Italian kind of Job to a vintage car. To be sure to get 'The Crack Car' delivered safely, they opt to use three henchmen who are not on the radar of neither the social security nor the local mafia group, thus, Nanjil Shivaji (Siddarth as Jil), Jungulingam (Avinash Raghudevan as Jung) & Jaguar Jagan (Sananth Reddy as Juk) are set on roll, to deliver the Crack Car to the international buyer. There is no problem, but watch the film to see how hell tears open the ground and blazes anything that's in motion.

    Deeraj Vaidy steadies the characters, creates suituations according to their behaviours and finally pops out funny incidents from their actions. This is a typical genre film making, where Deeraj Vaidy with his team of brillant techniciens has thrown in his knowledge over film making by moving forward the naration with colors and style. The main forte of the film are the characters - not only how they are named, but how they address other minute details which are in their pocession. For instance, Rolex Rowther (Radha Ravi) walks around with "Cheer Girls", a group of tiny deadly ants roaming inside a glass jar. Similarly, usage of slides during establishing shots were cool, where slides of the destined building are brought up to denote the exterior followed by interrior shots. A comic stips slowly crawls into the film adding a fabulous mood, just as the short animation. All this and more in just two hours of its runtime - Hats off Deeraj Vaidy.

    The performances were pure. The scenes are crowded, and each one inside the frame seem to be occupied with an activity or with just plain reactions, while the focused character is enacting. The wide angles are basically to promote and elivate the background where most of the time an artist takes his prominent place. The movie also bookmarks itself with enjoyable twists. The cuts look simple on screen, but during the opening song Kurtz Schneider involves himself to showcase a sample his awesome work. The costumes are a big motivation to the camera works, simple but catchy, they are all caught inside the lens perfectly. During an explosion sequence, there are about four state of affairs to be shown at the same moment - an explosion, at the same time, Jil running, at the same time, goons gearing up to attack, at the same time, Jung & Juk prepare to run. All these look different as they were captured differently, brilliant work by Shreyaas Krishna. Vishal Chandrashekhar's music score is quite punctuating where he amuses himself with all the fantastic suituations - the highlight is the theme music during the interval block and during the shoot-out. The idea during the climax is brilliant.

    When Jil goes to find some petrol, Jung & Juk play with their balls, a game of marbles. The goal is to pocket it in a hole, and when the blazing balls run into the tiny gap, Vishal Chandrashekhar opts to pleasure us with the 'Kati Mellam' music. Another one is in the form of 'Casonova' song. By this time the lyrics should have enlightened a certain meaning, but the wordplay could turn-on the spotlight - "Gas No Va". Similarly, Red Road-u sings about voyeurism. There are a lot of pun inside the film, like the phone conversation of Daddy (Nasser) with Jil or Attack (Sai Dheena) calling his shot gun "Kai" (hand). The film passed out as a U/A! But the film can't be really branded as an Adult Film, but certainly its for matured audience, ofcoarse a teen around would add more fun.

    Being my favourite genre, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and profited from its symbolisms over various popular culture in films. Recently I watched a crazy and fun film in which warewolves have to fight with the Zombies and somewhere in the middle they have to team up to face an alien invasion (LoL). Jil Jung Juk is equally funny. Bring in the part-2, please. Hats off to the entrire team.

    Jil Jung Juk - Shoot the Cat

    Last edited by mappi; 19th February 2016 at 07:09 PM.
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    Miruthan

    Technically it's not a zombie movie. Zombies are the undead... this one is viral infection.

    OK for one time watch but no tension throughout movie.
    Disappointing ending.

    BGM not bad. D. Iman

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    Miruthan

    Decent watch considering the fact that it is the first attempt in Tamil in this genre and also the length (less than 120 mins runtime). But i felt the film could've been more gripping and thrilling.

    Shakthi Soundar Rajan has some novel ideas but somehow falters with the execution. He did the same with Naaigal Jaakkiradhai too.. Hope he gets a good script writer.

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    Sethupathi

    Looks like Vijay Sethupathi's career graph is on a rise post NRD. Went to the film without much of expectations but came out of the hall satisfied. A cop hero who doesn't test our hearing ability is a blessing and Sethupathi has exactly that kind of hero. The film ticks all the necessary ingredients of a perfect family entertainer and it is not to be missed. Go for it..





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    Miruthan

    Decent watch considering the fact that it is the first attempt in Tamil in this genre and also the length (less than 120 mins runtime). But i felt the film could've been more gripping and thrilling.

    Shakthi Soundar Rajan has some novel ideas but somehow falters with the execution. He did the same with Naaigal Jaakkiradhai too.. Hope he gets a good script writer.

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    Ajay,

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    The film makers should not shy to employ creative consultants and the producers, instead of wasting their money on Audio Launches & booking online mafia to promote their films, should spend money qualitatively.

    Tagged 'first' does not give it a gaint excuse, but it should act as a motivation to deliver something interesting & unique. Miruthan-the film looks like its been made after watching few Zombie movies (back-toback) & picking plots from related games. Even then, they missed the whole point about Zombies in general. The script is juicy though with its own share of multiple flaws - a point-to-point journey of a group of doctors, crossing the city to reach an hosiptal during a viral outbreak.

    Zombie myth can be divided into blackmagic, science (history) & fantasy.

    - When people beleived life is nothing but energy source, and if it goes exhausted, the body becomes motionless. So a few mastered to induce a kind of alternate energy into corspe using 'Blackmagic' through a doll which acts as the life source and the energy awakens the dead, a similar thing to our own "Pilli Soonyam" myth. That explains why such Zombies had torn clothes and deformed faces.

    - During the late 18th century where science was debated a lot and travel to explore many lands brought it a sort of a virus through rats. Just like the Vampires Fantasy, where Dracula, a fictional character is based on a sort of skin disease where the affected becomes pale, allergic to sunlight & garlic juice, a sort of disease was spread by rats. The disease spread through bites or even saliva, affected certain part of the human brian making the infected to move around lathargically. The conversion took several days. In between their skin itched and the forceful scratchings teared their flesh. After a point they went into a sort of coma where their body temperature increased and when they woke up, they were hungry and attracted to a fully functioning human brain. This explains how Zombies became man-eaters.

    - There are two different fantasy elements brought into entertainment keeping in mind the set of audience addressed (relative to time) :

    1/ Previously, when the movie going audience were more into fun & frolic, the Zombie Movies were based more on the myth, as in a curse, followed by a bit of history, like a journey into unknown lands.

    2/ For a most recent audience who try to evaluate reality in fiction, T-Virus became the principle origin of Zombies [Introduced by Umbrella Corporation, a fictional enterprise from the Game Resident Evil (1996)]. The effects are quicker & deadly allowing the action to unfold at a faster pace. The major breakthrough in the series is Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, as it brings in the ancient theories of irritation, time taken for the infected to convert into Zombie including coma state & its after effects. The rest are more likely slasher films where George A. Romero visioned the ultimate Walking Dead, and the first Zombie Movie is White Zombie (1932). The quarantine were the major plot point in the games. Should not be confused with other Science Fictions on reanimation.

    There are much more interesting details about (fictional/fantasy) Zombies, look into them if you are interested. The next Zombie movie in Tamil should be either a Dark Comedy like the Britisher's take or simply gore or drama like Maggie.

    Miruthan - Miru from Mirugam and than from Manithan, meaning "One who could easily be victimised (a vic)". Shakthi Soundar Rajan closes his film with a kind of Zombie Invasion. Hope he makes a Part 2, this time taking several zombie culture into account and opts for a better casting.

    Miruthan - Ooty Malai Beauty, opps, Zombie !
    Last edited by mappi; 22nd February 2016 at 02:53 PM.
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    sethupathi - not bad. nothing special. another hit to vijay sethupathi.
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    Mohan Raja used the services of creative consultants for his 'Thani Oruvan' and the result is there to see. Unfortunately most producers want their directors as an 'one stop shop' and most directors don't want others to take credit for the success..

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