By Vivek Ramz
UTV Motion Pictures mega hyped “Mugamoodi” released with high expectations as it's supposed to be the first superhero film in Tamil. There's a lot riding on this film like Mysskin's experimental attempt to develop a home grown superhero & Jiiva's going to next level in his stardom, etc. It has got quite good buzz because of the aggressive on-line promotions from UTV South Team. Has the film lived up to all its hype? Read on!
What's it about?
There is nothing new in the story and goes by the usual line of a typical superhero flick, a jobless boy next door turns hero to fight evil in the society. The only difference here is the protagonist takes up against the bad guys wearing a Mugamoodi (Mask). The film opens with an impressive scene of a bunch of baddies looting a house and killing the people who come their way. Cut it, we are introduced to Anand aka Bruce Lee (Jiiva), a kung-fu student, who is jobless and chills out with his friends all the time. Shakthi (Pooja Hegde) crosses his path and its love at first sight for him. He tries to impress her with superhero suit and lands into trouble by getting into the way of burglars. Meanwhile, Gaurav (Nasser), the assistant police commissioner gets transferred to Chennai to catch Anguchamy aka Dragon (Narain) and his team of burglars. Shakthi and police mistake Lee as the culprit when the bad guys try to kill her father aka ACP Gaurav. Also Anand's friend gets killed in that incident. So, Bruce Lee turns Mugamoodi and goes on to find his friend's killer and put to a full-stop to the Dragon & team. How he succeeded in doing the same can be seen on big screen.
The film starts positively but looses track immediately due to the unrealistic romantic scenes and few unwanted songs. Though, it gathers some momentum in the middle only to fail completely towards the climax. Director Mysskin has everything going for him like potential actors like Jiiva, Narain & Nasser, great production values, solid technical crew, but he lets them down because of the half-baked script and the poor execution with many slow motion scenes and overdose of kung-fu action stunts.
Mysskin and team's intent to give us a local super hero is appreciable but his script lacked the in-depth characterization and emotional transition of a superhero. The end product is a boring, more than 2 and half hr long movie which fails to take off. Also, it's very much inspired from the Hollywood superhero flicks especially 'Batman' which can be seen right from the animated opening credits sequence to the climax Joker like act.
Jiiva has given everything and tried his best to lift the film but in vain. His hard work is clearly seen in the action sequences. Narain, Nasser & Girish Karnad are a wasted lot. Pooja hegde fails to impress.
On the positive side, Gaugin's editing is neat and K's music is laudable. The background score is fantastic and helps few scenes elate to some level and Satya's camera work is praiseworthy with good lighting effect for the night sequences.
What to do?
Mugamoodi lacks the spark needed for superhero flick. Better avoid this one and no, not even go for kids as it may just put them to sleep.
Rating – 1.5/5
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