CIA Movie Review
The much awaited Dulquer Salmaan starrer movie named CIA: Comrade In America had released last day in Kerala. This movie has been directed by Amal Neerad and he had bankrolled the flick as well under the banner of Amal Neerad productions. He also distributed the movie in association with Anwar Rasheed Entertainments. The screenplay of this romantic movie has been written by Shibin Farncis who had earlier written the story of Prithviraj starrer movie named Pavada last year, which was directed by Marthandan. The songs and teaser of this movie CIA had got great attention before the release of the flick.
But we have to say that the movie did not raise up to the level of expectation. But it is not a bad film either. The first half of the movie was quite entertaining and it had some elements to cheer for the fans of Dulquer. The comedy scenes, a mass fight scene, and some romantic scenes were filmed well to keep the audience engaged. It was Siddique who stole the show in the first half with his comic expressions, dialogue delivery and some mass punch lines too was delivered by him.
But the second half of the movie played the spoilsport as the screenplay was too weak and it moves forward without any sense of purpose. They tried to make the visuals speak but did not really able to convey what they really want to say. It was lagging and lagging and sometimes it reminded another film of Dulquer Salman, titled as Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi. Amal Neerad failed here to keep the audience engaged and the magical Amal Neerad touch was missing altogether in the second half. The climax too was not that good and it is the background scoring of Gopi Sundar which made the film a watchable one at last. Songs did not really make an impression even though the introduction song of Dulquer Salmaan made the fans pumped up.
Renadive’s visuals were superb and it was the only positive factor in the second half of the movie. New Face Karthika Muraleedharan did not have much to do in it and other like Dileesh Pothen, Soubin, John Vijay, Chandni Sreedharan etc also done their part decently. Dulquer Salmaan’s screen presence was another thing which pulled up the film from becoming a disastrous experience. He was charming and cool. The communist reference in the plot was at times felt unnecessary as well.
Once again he played a character who leaves his native town to some distant place. He travels from Kottayam Pala to America through Mexico this time to find his love. Now, it becomes an integral Cliché in the characterization of Dulquer Salmaan movies which in fact started to become unbearable. The editing by Praveen Prabhakar could have been better as well.
In total, CIA is a one-time watchable flick for the hardcore fans of Dulquer Salmaan, just to see their star in full form.