V movie review – Style without substance

Title: V
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Nani, Sudheer Babu, Nivetha Thomas, Aditi Rao Hydari, Vennela Kishore
Director: Mohana Krishna Indraganti
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Telugu

Story: A mysterious killer (Nani) is on a killing spree and challenges DCP Aditya (Sudheer Babu) to catch him or resign. Will Aditya be able to track and catch the killer and find his motives or not forms the story.

Performances: Nani has chosen to play a baddie in his 25th film which is a bold move but his dialogue delivery in the movie seems awkward and takes a long time for us to get used to. His body language, look and mannerisms however are excellent and create the perfect negative feel. Sudheer Babu is excellent as the cop. He has done his job well and perfectly challenges Nani’s screen presence. Nivetha Thomas has done well but is mostly restricted to the first half. Aditi Rao Hydari is decent. Vennela Kishore, Naresh, Tanikella Bharani appear in ineffective roles.

Technicalities: PG Vinda’s camerawork is excellent and a dark tone has been maintained throughout which suits the mood of the film. Thaman’s background score is decent but reminds us of the background score of films like Ratsasan. Amit Trivedi’s songs are passable but do not register in our minds. Editing is okay. Production values are terrific as expected from Dil Raju. Actions sequences are stylish and well executed. At the same time, they are a bit violent.

Analysis: The story of the film is similar to any other psycho-thriller or cop-thriller film. There is a murderer on the loose and there is a cop who is hell bent on catching him. The movie starts off well with an exciting action sequence. After Nani’s entry, the movie starts becoming shaky as it takes us some time to get used to Nani’s dialogue delivery and performance. The movie travels in a slow but steady kind of way upto halfway mark. There is a minor twist at halfway mark which doesn’t surprise us at all. The second half is exactly how most people might predict and there is nothing surprising and thrilling happening at all. Nani’s flashback episode does not establish the emotional connect in a strong way and everything after that is outright flat and predictable. There is an unwanted song towards the end and the climax is elongated a bit too much. The stylish presentation of the movie deserves mention. Director Indraganti Mohana Krishna has tried to present a normal story in a stylish and engaging way but lack of thrilling or exciting moments in the screenplay lets the movie down. The movie is definitely not too bad but in case you are expecting an intense action thriller with suspenseful moments and twists, then it is sure to disappoint you.

On a whole: V is a stylish action thriller but offers nothing too exciting and is mostly predictable. You may watch it if you are bored by having your expectations in check.

Rating: 2.5/5

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