Hollywood is full of illogical action movies. Started somewhere in the 80s and continuing till now actors like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and now Jason Statham, Liam Neeson thrived(ing) on these fast paced action flicks that defies basic logic and solely rely on the action part.
Vishnuvardan has taken inspiration from these movies and tried to weave a action cocktail called Arrambam that solely relies on screen presence of Ajith. Let's admit, Ajith does have a screen presence that every other actor would envy. The dynamism he shows on screen unparalleled and there is nobody to match him in that regard. Having said that, the director needs to feed him with creative sequences and scenes that will allow him to open up. That's where movies like Mankatha and Varalaru succeeded while Arrambam has failed. It does have them but few and far.
Arrambam is an age old revenge story that has been retold in different ways. But one of the positives of Arrambam is the way the screenwriters (Vishnu along with Subha) have taken a real life story that happened during 26/11 tragedy in Mumbai. Hemant Karkare, the ACP of Anti Terrorism Squad died in the shoot out and it was identified that he along with his subordinates died because of bad quality bullet proof jacket that he was wearing. The screenwriters have combined that with Nariman House attack (Hemant Karkare and two of his colleagues died during the pursuit of Kasab from Shivaji Terminus). In Arrambam, Ashok (Ajith) takes revenge on the system that killed his friend Sanjay (Rana Daggubati). He is helped by Sanjay's sister Maya (Nayanthara). They two initially coerce Arjun (Arya) to do things for them keeping his girl friend Anitha (Taapsee) as a bait. How they complete their revenge is said through a series of illogical sequences .
Arrambam suffers from unimaginative sequences and Vishnuvardhan could have been little creative in the way he created certain heist sequences. The biggest strength of such action flicks from Hollywood is that they don't allow you to think. Because if you think, you will find that there is not even a trace of logic in them. Arrambam falters in that department. So the illogic sequences stare at your face sometimes. For instance, the Geography in Arrambam is baffling.
It doesn't mean Arrambam doesn't have positives – one of the biggest things is there is no unnecessary love track between the lead protogonists. Not even a platonic relationship and I wish Ajith does away with introductory song from next movie. Ajith carries this movie in his shoulders but all other actors have played their part too. Arya, Nayanthara, Kishore and Mahesh Manjrekar are adequate while Taapsee is little bit on the irritable side. The technical crew has done over time. Omprakash with his brilliant cinematography and Lalgudi Ilaiyaraaja with his art work get their full marks but Yuvan is in his low tide. The action sequences are well choreographed but Nariman House sequence seemed to be too easy for a terrorist attack.
Arrambam will not bore you. But at the same time, it is not great. Or I would say, it is not enough. It will be like watching an action flick that you will forget the next day but apart from few sequences you will not regret watching it. The point is it could have been great. With such a cast and crew, Vishnu could have delivered something absolutely worthy. I am not comparing this with Billa. I take every movie in its own merit. At the end of the day, when you come out of the theatre, you will feel that something was missing.
A 2.5/5 – Watch it and forget it the next morning.