Thrills In Parts, Bland Overall
‘U/A’ Certified, 2 hrs 38 mins
What Is the Film About?
Subhash (Vishal) is a military officer whose brother is Deputy Chief Minister and father are Chief Minister. He has a love interest in Meera (Aishwarya Lekshmi), and Dia (Tamannaah) secretly loves him.
His life turns upside down when a political meeting announcing the retirement of his father as CM leads to unforeseen events. It tarnishes the image of his family. How Subhash undertakes a mission to find the culprits and restore the honour of the family and country in the process is what the movie is all about?
How Is Vishal’s Performance?
Action is the forte of actor Vishal. In the recent past, he has reduced it or limited it to rural and slick variety. Here in “Action”, Vishal goes all out on a grand scale. It is a full-blown action movie with several fights and chases.
Usually, in films like these, the scope to perform is less. However, Vishal has a few scenes on that score as well. There is also a cute romance for a brief period which works well mostly due to impressive female lead and the background score. Overall, Action is a decent fare where the requirements are fully utilized.
Direction by C. Sundar?
Sundar C isn’t known for his stylish action fares. A film on this scale and thrill is a different zone for him. Still, he managed to put the various pieces together neatly. However, there is one aspect he fails big time, and that’s why the movie loses.
Action begins, well, with an ‘action’ scene. The issue with the movie is immediately understood with the opening block alone. The elevation required for the lead is missing. And the whole fight and chase sequence appears too long and tedious after a point. We see it’s mounted on a grand scale, but we can’t feel it, the energy, and the kick is missing.
After the ‘action’ block, we get into the basic story. The whole setting involving the politics and family of Vishal is fine. The brief love sequences are also alright. There is an air of predictability and this combined with lengthy fight scenes make the narrative bland.
After the family sequences, the hero begins his mission which is a combination of bland and boredom. Barring a couple of scenes, not involving bullets, and running, everything else happens in a monotonous manner making the proceedings tedious. Still, they aren’t in a terrible zone that would make one uncomfortable to watch or squirm while doing so. It is just uninteresting after a point.
A couple of plot points seem to be used as it is from similar flicks in the recent past. It further kills the enjoyment. The climax gives a dejavu feeling.
Overall, Action has plenty of action that lacks arresting narration. It is flat and straightforward, with no real twists. If you love the genre of movies, give it is a try but be prepared to be bored.
Tamanaah Bhatia and Others?
Action consists of many artists in his fold. A considerable portion is female as well. Tamannaah is a clear lead among them all. She does her part with sincerity. Even though nothing is fresh for her, expect the action. Aishwarya Lekshmi has an impactful presence despite less runtime. Her charm is put to great use.
Akanksha Puri gets a femme fatal like role. She gets the looks right, but not the viciousness for such a dominant part, however less, the runtime lasts. Ramki is decent for his duration. Sha Ra and Yogi Babu provide laughs in between. They are alright. Pala Karupaiah starts well but is left behind. Sayaji Shinde’s dubbing ruins his part in Telugu. Kabir Duhan Singh is seen doing what he usually does.
Music and Other Departments?
Hiphop Tamizha has done a superb job with the background score. The romantic scenes involving Vishal and Aishwarya Lekshmi are a prime example. The cinematography by Dudley could have been better for a grand action spectacle. The editing by NB Srikanth is excellent for the drama, but when it comes to fighting, it leaves a lot to be desired. The ‘action’ editing is terrible. The writing by Subha is okay.
From Kiara to Deepak Track
Lengthy Action Scenes With Poor Editing
Well, Action itself feels like an alternative take of recently released Telugu movie Chanakya. This is a marginal improvement, but it is only so.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, but very few parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, but with huge reservations
Action Review by Siddartha Toleti