Boomika review – Underwhelming horror thriller

Title: Boomika
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast:Aishwarya Rajesh, Vidhu.Avantika Vandanapu, Surya Ganapathy, Pavel Navageethan
Director: Rathindran R Prasad
Streaming on: Netflix
Language: Tamil

Story: Samyuktha (Aishwarya Rajesh), along with her family moves to a lonely forest house in Ooty and they start experiencing a supernatural presence there. Who is behind this and how did they escape from it forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Aishwarya Rajesh is treated as the protagonist in all the posters and promotion videos but it’s not the case in the film. She just plays one of the few important roles and does her part well within limited scope. Avantika Vandanapu plays the titular role and she did well. Surya Ganapathy and Vidhu had equal or even higher screen space than Aishwarya Rajesh and they were neat as well.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good with most of the film taking place at night in a dark house. Sound design, background score and lighting work too have complimented the visuals in an effective way. Editing is okay.

Analysis: The story of the film had good scope for a horror thriller and also presents a good message. It is not treated in a typical way with jump scares and supernatural effects. The initial portions build the tension and intensity well which are later let down by predictable proceedings and logical loopholes. The flashback is okay and not too effective. Once the flashback is done, the film becomes even more predictable but despite that, the climax was executed well. The initial and final portions are handled in a thrilling and effective way but the shabby and unexciting middle portions and weakly written characters ruined the overall experience and resulted in the film ending up as a strictly okay watch.

On a whole: Boomika showed promise here and there but ends up as a wasted opportunity.

Rating: 2.5/5

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