Abhimanyudu Movie Review: Vishal's Film Deals with The Data Privacy Issue

Abhimanyudu Movie Review: Vishal's Film Deals with The Data Privacy Issue

Abhimanyudu Movie Review: Does the film deal with the privacy issue sensitively? Read what our reviewer has to say
Abhimanyudu Movie Review: Vishal's Film Deals with The Data Privacy Issue
Movie NameAbhimanyudu
DirectorP.S Mithran
ActorVishal Krishna, Arjun, Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Information theft is epidemic. Go anywhere. It follows you. It is happening in homes  where husbands are spying on wives’ phone data. It is happening with your Adhaar Card where data is  stolen by anyone  who cares  to. A film, then, on  the power  of  info-theft? Sounds good. And Vishal  Krishan who has lately acquired  a reputation for political activism, sinks into the role of  Karthivaran an army personnel who is uncontrollably angered  by corruption. When  a bank loan goes horribly wrong (the plotting is  so seamless that it goes fluently and  fast  from background information to in-your-face action)  Karthivaran sets  off a trail of animated  pursuit  that leads to an information-mafioso,  Satyamoorthy(Arjun) a  digital devil who wants  to hack into every Indian’s life with the  express purpose  of controlling it. Every individual’s life, that  is.

Abhimanyudu knocks the  socks off the technology racket. Scarily  the  film suggests there  is  nothing  private about any individual's  life. We are all sitting ducks to violation  of  supposedly  confidential performance. The film makes telling use of the data-hacking process. Shot with an eye for  slickness that is never allowed  to become  a sickness,  the film derides the misuse of  digital technology without   getting excessively sassy, knowledgeable or stylish.

The  sharp-witted,  straight-shooting screenplay is  engrossing most  of  the way, creating pockets of havoc as  Karthivaran  takes on master-hacker Sathyamoorthy. For half  the film the director , who seems to have grown up reading internet stories of cyber-hacking, ensures that  the hero and the antagonist don’t come face-to-face. The build-up to their imminent  confrontation  is deftly projected into a  series of engrossing episodes, each suggesting  a link between privileged  information and its violation.
The action sequences  specially one post-interval where the  hero chases down his wrong-doers are first-rate, skilled in their build-up and  yet preserving a kind of rawness at the edges that goes well with the mood of shocked revelations regarding the damage  digital disinformation can do to our lives. The presentation is  smooth  but the  jagged edges in the inter-relations—for  instance  the troubled relationship between the hero and his financially troubled father—are not attempted to be blunted  for the sake  of  a smooth ride. We are  often  subjected to uncomfortable  interrogation on the way on  why we randomly and liberally part with private information.

But I wish some  of  the  'lighter' moments  like the hero's introductory flirting-in-the-pub sequence had been curtailed. The narrative  is otherwise long and  riveting and needed no old-fashioned  diversions.Preserving the pontifications at a minimum the narrative  moves  quickly to action-packed second-half where the Hero and The Hacker clash in body and intellect.Vishal Krishna and Arjun  make formidable  adversaries. Their confirmation is agile and  adrenaline-charged bringing to the screen  a kind of  compelling kinetic combustion rare to our cinema.

The climactic  mob-justice sequence is built up into a pacy churning accentuated by Vishal's  agile action and sarcastic comments. Indeed, Vishal has shaped into one  of  the finest actors  in Tamil/Telugu cinema, willing to take  risks without desirous  of  being patted  on the back all time. Abhimanyudu is  a big  leap forward  for  Vishal . He is so much at home in the environment of  cyber tension that he carries us with his misgivings in waves  of  angry  outburst vented at  the  perversity  that  underlines  all  online invasion.

This is a film that crosses confidently from its specialized theme to a  universal  condemnation of the abuse of the  right to  information. Must watch.