Suspense movies need a very acute sense of film-making acumen. Not only does it need a good story and direction, but also a sustained effort in keeping the audience engaged continuously, changing the plot and ‘whodunnit’ angle and finally revealing the plot at the right time.
Pawan Kumar managed this almost to near perfection in his debut film ‘Lucia’ that also made for a strong case study in crowd-funding and crowd-distributing a movie. Sadly, his next Kannada language films falls short of expectations in many counts. Though, to his credit he starts of very well and navigates the twists and turns effectively in the first half.
Most of us defy traffic rules without realising the serious repercussions it might have on anyone’s life. Pawan smartly converts a civic issue of taking a non-existent u-turn on a flyover into a suspense thriller. Motorists who take a U-turn on a particular double-road flyover in Bangalore get mysteriously killed and a young reporter gets herself inadvertently drawn in the investigations along with a cop.
Unlike Lucia, the storytelling here is fairly linear. Shraddha Srinath acts well while Roger Narayan exudes confidence as the cop. The camera work is good but for a murder mystery it could have been better. There are moments where the suspense quotient shoots up, however it gets revealed too soon to end up as a nail biter!
However, it is a better movie compared to all the films released last weekend!