A Dull And Tedious Thriller
‘U/A’ Certified, 2h 26m
What Is the Film About?
Aditya (Ram) and Siddharth (Ram) are identical twins. While Siddharth is an engineer, Aditya is living a con life. The latter’s criminal activities lead to a serious situation when he has to pay a huge sum overnight to a goon.
What steps does Aditya take to repay the amount? How Siddharth gets entangled in the mess? Did they get out and how it plays out is what the movie is all about?
How Is Ram Pothineni’s Performance?
Ram plays a dual role for the first time in his career. The makeover is good, and the styling is done neatly. And this is the best that one can talk about. It doesn’t mean he has done anything wrong, but nothing is new from him except the physical change.
If Siddharth is the typical Ram, then Aditya is the extension of the actor’s personality from Ismart Shankar. So, it is nothing unusual or different from him. He has done everything that needs to be done with sincerity. He is the reason one continues to watch the proceedings even when it is not engaging.
Direction by Kishore Tirumala?
Kishore Tirumala of Second Hand, Nenu Shailaja, Vunnadi Okate Zindagi and Chitralahari fame directs Red. If one looks at the names of the films he has helmed before, it is easy to get an idea where he strength lies. Red is alien territory for him as it belongs to a thriller genre.
Every successful director develops a strong zone and genre, and not everyone is successful attempting different one’. There is a reason why it is so. When one watches Red, it is easy to understand why.
Red as a thriller offers a decent scope to thrill and has moments story-wise. It is not an original idea and is a remake of Tamil film Thadam. Despite having a blueprint and vision, Kishore Thirumala fails in execution.
It feels as if he didn’t have any interest in remaking the Tamil movie. We can sense that going by how the initial portions of Red take place. There is an urban love story at the start. The director fails in making it engagingly. It is his weakest writing-wise. We are here looking at it purely as a romantic drama, something that the director specialises.
If that is the case executing the parts which belong to Kishore Tirumala’s strength, imagine what happens when the actual content takes place. In the second half, we get a 90’s outdated drama kind of movie instead of a thrilling narrative.
The lack of thrills and the gripping narrative is where Red loses interest. For a thriller, it is sacrilege to have no gripping moment. We get a glimpse of that in the pre-interval and interval period. But, that is short-lived.
The tonal inconsistency is visible right from the start when there is an over the top drama happening at one end, and a romantic drama is taking shape at the other. It gives messy and going through the motions kind of feeling with nothing happening to hold the attention.
The changes brought in to give nativity touch further take away the thrilling factor associated with the narrative and the story. The needless comedy and some miscasting further aggravate the situation which continues that way until the end.
Overall, Red is a thriller with hardly any thrills. Nothing works in the movie except the pre-interval and interval stretch. The director’s inability to provide a gripping and consistent tone is the fault here. If you have seen the original skip Red. If you haven’t, the remake is a below-par thriller.
Malvika and Others?
Malvika Sharma is dull and lifeless lacking any screen presence. It dramatically affects the opening romantic thread.
Nivetha Pethuraj is a miscast entirely. The seriousness of the whole narrative goes for a toss with her presence. It doesn’t help her cause that few other characters are introduced along with her for fun sake. Nivetha and those additions are the primary reason for the dilution of the thrilling bits.
Amrita Aiyer is better among the female leads, but she gets limited screen time. Sampath Raj is loud and boisterous in his typical style. Pavitra Lokesh is wasted in a poorly treated role. Sathya fails to provide fun due to weak punches and writing. Posani and Vennela Kishore make no impact.
Music and Other Departments?
Mani Sharma fails to recreate the magic of Ismart Shankar with Red. Only the opening mass number registers. The background score is comparatively better, but it is nothing unique or memorable. The cinematography by Sameer Reddy is alright. The editing by Junaid Siddiqui is sloppy. It gives a jarring feeling to the narrative.
Pre-interval and Interval
Parts of Second Half
Telugu cinema is evolving narrative-wise with focus on core content instead of deviation. Red should have been an out and out thriller with a better cast in place. It would have been way better that way than what it is currently.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, but With Huge reservations
Red Telugu Movie Review by Siddartha Toleti
— RED comes to an end. Stay tuned for our detailed review shortly.
— Finally, the twist is revealed and the movie is heading towards the end.
— Both Aditya (Ram) and Siddharth (Ram) sharing their childhood and what they had to go through to become what they are toady. The police interrogation is progressing at its own pace.
— RED second half started. Nivetha started to dig deeper into the case.
RED First Half Report:
RED first half is pretty slow. There’s nothing moving in the first hour. The love track and comedian Satya’s comedy tracks are very dull. The movie piques the interest towards the pre-interval. The second half is very crucial.
— CI Samapth Raj has two days to prove who committed the murder between the two suspects (Ram and Ram). Interval.
— Yamini (Nivetha Pethuraj) enters as a cop to investigate a murder. She reports to Sampath Raj. How is it connected to Aaditya (Ram) or Siddharth (Ram)?
— Pavitra Lokesh plays a con woman character who smokes in most of her scenes.
— Ram (Aditya) and Vema (comedian Satya) are struggling to earn money, while other Ram’s (Siddharth) love story with Malvika is progressing.
— Another Ram ( rough guy ) makes his entry, quickly followed by an item song. Ram’s dance is super energetic in this item number.
— RED show started. Engineer Siddharth (Ram) is in love with Mahima (Malavika).
Follow along for RED movie live updates. RED Review will be up right after the show.
There will be only a few movies that would be coming with a lot of decent buzz that it seems almost the movie is a blockbuster beyond doubt. Ram Pothineni’s RED belongs to that cadre and this movie rightly earned that credit. They waited really long without going for OTT release.
Director Kishore Tirumala’s previous movies with Ram Pothineni and the confidence he earned from Sravanthi Ravi Kishore and the hero are really commendable. Whenever a hero invests so much confidence in a director, it sure adds to the buzz.
The original movie from Tamil was a super hit movie and going by the trailer, it’s understood that they had tweaked the narration a bit and included commercial elements to it to make it commercially more viable for Ram’s market in Telugu.
All in all being a festival release, the audiences are in a mood to welcome every entertainer and watch the movies in theatres after staying at home for such a long period. RED, on the face of it has all the things well set for the theatrical release. Stay tuned for the unbiased RED movie review.