Penguin Review: A Karthik Subbaraj ‘Q&A’ No one could Crack!

Jul 05, 2020 06:38 AM
penguin-review
  • Duration :2 hr 12m
  • Release date :June 19th, 2020
  • Genre : Mystery Thriller
  • Star Cast Director : Keerthy Suresh
  • Director : Eashvar Karthic, Linga, Madhampatty Rangaraj, Mathi
  • Produced by :Karthik Subbaraj, Kaarthekeyen Santhanam, Sudhan Sundaram, Jayaram
  • Music Director : Santhosh Narayanan
  • Cinematographer Director :Phalani Karthik
  • Editor :Anil Krish
  • OTT Platform :Amazon Prime
2.5

Voila! It’s a humongous success

The much anticipated Keerthy Suresh’s thriller movie has hit the OTT platform last week. So let’s review whether the film lived up to its expectations or not.

Story/Plot

After a spine chilling opening scene in the beautiful woods of Kodaikanal, the leading lady Rhythm (Keerthy Suresh) wakes up in her bed. Then the story of her son Ajay missing for six years unfolds. The first husband of Rhythm separates from her after their child’s kidnap. While everyone tells that the boy might have been killed, Rhythm who is expecting from her second marriage still believes that he is alive and would return one day. Finally, she finds her son accidentally in the forest. Not as a normal boy but as a disturbed child tamed like an animal.

Now, Rhythm sets out on a mission to find the kidnapper to know the reason behind his son’s strange behavior. From here, the screenplay weaved around this suspense takes the movie forward.

Performances

Keerthy Suresh played the role of a pregnant woman and an agonized mother of a missing child with much ease. However, a few reactions and expressions of her don’t look convincing during the Q&A with the psychiatrist at the police station. May be director Karthik Subbaraj should have conceived the scenes more convincingly. Master Advaith excelled in the role of a missing boy. In fact, he outplayed everyone with his silent performance. Seriously, there is not much to talk about other performances.

Technical Aspects

The movie starts on a promising note with technical brilliance backed by excellent background music. The cinematography and music complement each other. Anil Krish as an editor tried his best to stitch the missing shots. Overall, it is a well-made film with decent production values.

Highlights

  • Opening scene
  • Background Music in parts
  • Location
  • Visuals of lake and forest
  • Engaging First Half

Final Verdict

Penguin starts on a curious note and ends up on a confusing note. It carries the suspense but fails in the end. If you have nothing to do at home, it is not a bad film to watch either. You can also comfortably skip it if you are not a Keerthy Suresh fan.


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