Written by: JPR
Directed by : JPR
Producer : Kaarthekeyen Santhanam
Cast : R. Sarathkumar, Ajay, Napoleon, Suhashini, Muishkanth, Rajasimhan, Anjana Pream, Baby Sathanya
Music :Jakes Bejoy
Editing: Gopi Krishna
Cinematography : Vijay Deepak
Production company : Kalpataru Pictures
Running Time : 101 mins
What do you expect from a Nick of Time thriller? You would obviously prepare yourselves to be experience edge-seated and nail biting moments. In fact, the first part with the title Chennaiyil Oru Naal, a remake of super hit Malayalam movie ‘Traffic’ had such moments. The characters had to race against time to accomplish a mission. Here, it has nothing to do with the first part. Even with this title ‘Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2’, it managed to gather our attention with a piggyback factor. But what surprises us to the core is that the entire film is shot in Coimbatore. If the makers had decided to title the movie ‘Coimbatoril Oru Naal’, then it would have been an apt one. But regardless of such drawbacks, the thriller does work out in few places. All credit goes to novelist Rajesh Kumar, the emperor of crime and mystery thrillers.
The moments are too slow and we get to sense it more dragging across places
Filmmaker JPR has tried to make a better adaptation, but somewhere fails to convey the actual premise with much thrilling impact. A thriller with just 100 minutes of duration would instantly make us draw assumptions that it’s going to be a real high paced thriller. But in contrast, the moments are too slow and we get to sense it more dragging across places. Except for the portions during post-intermission, where the mysteries are resolved intellectually, the major problem occurs with the screenwriting.
The first few minutes instantly get us into the premise of this film, where the posters ‘Angeline Death – Today or Tomorrow’ with a question mark is flashed across the walls as posters. Feeling suspicious of some mysteries, police officer (Napoleon) assigns Sarath Kumar to handle the case. Meanwhile, Sarath Kumar’s family gets anonymous threatening as well. This intensifies the need of protagonist to solve the mystery and trap the culprit before the dawn.
Sarathkumar appears with an impeccably promising performance
Sarathkumar appears with an impeccably promising performance while others in the cast like Napoleon, Suhasini Maniratnam and Munishkanth have nothing much to perform, but they do what is required for the role.
101 minutes of running length without any songs doesn’t help this film achieve a top-notch thriller standard. Despites owning a story that is fantabulous, the screenwriting becomes a hindrance or else, this would have been placed as one of the best thrillers in this decade.