Direction: Sundar C
Cast: Vishal, Tamannah, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Akanksha Puri
Sundar C is teaming up with Vishal for the second time after Aambala, but this time around it is a globetrotting action-adventure. As the title ‘Action’ suggests, it is loaded with action sequences set in some virgin foreign locales. Vijay Sethupathi appears on screen at the start to explain that since the story (!) travels to many countries, all characters hereafter will be speaking in Tamil and that there won't be subtitles. Let’s see what the duo offers now.
Colonel Subhash (Vishal) is an adorned officer who serves in the intelligence wing of the Indian Army. He is the son of TN Chief Minister (Pazha Karuppaiah). His father wants to retire and announces Subhash’s brother (Ramki) as his successor. During a campaign in TN to announce this where he invites the Prime Minister, a bomb blast occurs claiming the life of Subash’s fiancée Meera (Aishwarya Lekshmi), his brother as well. This sets off the premises for Action. Now it is retribution time for Subhash who is on a mission. He goes in search of the international terrorist, the brain behind the gruesome attack. And his colleague in army Diya (Tamannah) who has a soft spot for him aids him in his mission. Whether they were able to nab the international terrorist Malik (Kabir Dulhan Singh), who leads a cushy life in Lahore with the Pakistan army supporting him forms the reminder of the film.
In a full-blown action movie with a wafer-thin plot, Vishal goes all out to prove his mass macho image and is justifiable in his gravity–defying stunt sequences. The chase sequence in the London streets involving Vishal with the assassin played by Akanksha Puri, which concludes with a cliffhanger shot, has been thrillingly composed. Thanks to stunt choreographers Anbariv, as their hard work and efforts are shown on the screen. With an umpteen number of high-octane action blocks in abroad locales like Istanbul, Lahore and Azerbaijan, the duo’s work warrants mention, although logic goes for a toss at many places.
The film has every commercial element of a typical Sundar C movie - colourful backdrops, glamorous heroines, peppy songs, exotic locales, emotions, with a patriotic theme like this – more of action, sans a solid screenplay. Kabir Singh in a diminutive role is a weak villain here and hence did not create the intended impact. What might have looked good on paper lacks depth in execution.
On the technical front, Dudley’s cinematography is spectacular; Hip Hop Adhi’s music is adequate. If you are an action lover, the film will not disappoint.