With the number of hacking films coming out, one begins to question the ‘level of security’ being offered to the customer. The latest one to add to the inhibition of the masses is Vishal’s Abhimanyudu (Irumbu Thirai) – that finally sees the light of day after the film strike in Chennai.
Coming at a time when the world is dealing with the shutting down of Ukrainian power stations by alleged Russian hackers, the world-famous Facebook-Cambridge Analytica leak and the infamous Aadhar alleged leak, the film has a contemporaneity value to it.
Captain Karunakar (Vishal) is short-tempered and dreams of settling in a foreign country courtesy the corruption in India. He visits Dr Latha Devi (Samantha – looking gorgeous as ever) to help him out with his problems. His Dad (Delhi Ganesh) is a habitual loan-seeker – adding to Karna’s temper. Circumstances force Karna to obtain a loan with forged documents. The loan amount vanishes as a product of cybercrime, thanks to the professional hacker Satyamurthy aka White Devil (Arjun). From here begins the conflict towards victory between the victim and the villain.
Director/writer PS Mithran, through Abhimanyudu, takes potshots at the banking system. You cannot miss the relevance of the statement when the protagonist questions the inability of the bank in giving loans to the farmers and students harassing them and letting liquor barons and jewelry dealers take loans to crores of rupees and being unable to recover from them. As is familiar potshots are taken at systemic corruption without solution.
The film delves with how freedom is at peril in the hands of the hypochondriac security concern. Benjamin Franklin said “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither”, and that is what Mithran is out to prove in this 161-minute outing. The hack factor adds grit to viewability.
Vishal is steadily improving as an actor. Samantha looks gorgeous in her traditional outfits. It looks like the protagonist’s short temper script was written to accommodate Samantha for a mandatory romantic angel. Arjun in his recently acquired negative status is good.
Another thing that goes in favour of the film is that there is no justification for all the hacking and looting done by the antagonist. He does it because he can – that’s it!!
Hacking is getting hackneyed!!