NET review – An interesting thriller which is mostly engaging

Title: NET
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Rahul Ramakrishna, Avika Gor, Praneeta Patnaik
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Streaming on: Zee5
Language: Telugu

Story: Laxman (Rahul Ramakrishna) owns a small mobile shop and he is an internet addict. One night, he comes across a website which shows live streaming from secret cameras set inside various houses. Laxman gets addicted to this site and what problems did he land in after that and how did he come out of it forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Rahul Ramakrishna gets a good role after a while and he has made full use of it. He is extremely good in this intense role. Avika Gor puts out her best efforts, especially towards the climax. Praneeta Patnaik too is very good as Rahul’s wife.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good and sets the right tone for the film. Background score is decent and effective in the important scenes. Editing is done well.

Analysis: The basic idea and premise of the film are very interesting. Even the screenplay has been written quite well in an unpredictable way. The intense tone of the film is maintained very well and there is no deviation at any point. The negative side of internet addiction has been conveyed well without being too open or preachy about it. Some scenes might feel a bit repetitive and dragged but none of the scenes are unnecessary. Some logically loose ends could have been justified but they are not a very major issue in the overall output. The runtime is around 103 minutes and the film manages to hold interest for most part despite limited characters and a single main conflict. A commendable attempt from director Bhargav Macherla and team. The film has a lot of adult content so not advisable to watch with kids.

On a whole: NET is a fresh and engaging techno thriller definitely worth a watch for explorers of the thriller genre.

Rating: 2.75/5

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