Valimai Movie Review
Bike gangs harass Chennai, executing chain snatching and other crimes, as well as being involved in drug trafficking. Arjun (Ajith) arrives on the scene and attempts to apprehend the mastermind behind the bike gang group. What is Karthikeya’s network like, and how does he run it? After Arjun apprehends him, what happens next? The basic storyline of the film is whether he would seek vengeance on Arjun.
Ajith plays Arjun in a character that was meant for him. He is intelligent, suave, and intense, and while none of these attributes are fully expressed, they can be sensed beneath the surface. Ajith‘s finest attributes include his love of motorcycles and racing. In Valimai, H Vinoth put these additional skills to good use. The bike stunts are incredible, and they add to the total celebrity attraction. There’s nothing new to say about Ajith‘s performance; we’ve seen him do it all before. He completes the typical task with the ease and swag that one would expect from him.
Karthikeya, who stunned audiences with his villainous performance in Gang Leader, reprises his role as a villain in Valimai. In fact, this role has a racing connection as well. He is mostly hidden behind the scenes throughout the first half of the film. Karthikeya appears around the pre-interval point and remains visible for the majority of the game. He does well as a criminal mastermind.
H Vinoth is one of Tamil cinema’s most intriguing new developing talents, as seen by his filmography. It’s the cause behind Valimai’s immense popularity in the first place, as it’s his larger-than-life action stuff.
The opening half demonstrates why fans of H Vinoth films should be excited. With the bike gang, the young director, who has developed a reputation for superb crime dramas (mainly about criminals), shows his spark ‘again.’ Valimai’s strengths, as well as the director’s, include the modus operandi and networking, among other things.
The uniqueness of the bike stunts and elaborate production clashes with the tired sentiment. It prevents the film from making its truly unforgettable impression. The difficulty is exacerbated by the long intended interval block. It’s great in sections, but it could have been a little shorter.
However, unlike H Vinoth’s prior efforts, the sentiment isn’t properly mixed into the story. The idea of unemployed people being trapped and enticed into criminal activity is outdated. It’s not that it can’t be used; it’s just how it’s done that’s the issue. The emotions elicited by this cliche do not produce a gripping drama.
It feels like you’ve finished a full-length movie by the time the intermission is over. It makes you question what’s next now that the major event is over.
The second half, on the other hand, begins on a high note. It gives a sense of where the film is going, but it’s impossible not to get caught up in the jaw-dropping stunt sequence. Unfortunately, Valimai only gets that high in the second half.
To get to the inevitable conclusion, the story takes an excessively long route. The drawn-out mental games and emotional roadblocks leading up to the climax sap our energy and interest. At the conclusion, one feels relieved that the film has finally come to a close. That’s a bad way to feel this way, because Valimai contains some thrilling and stunning action sequences that have never been seen on Indian screens before.
Valimai does not have a typical heroine. Huma Qureshi portrays a cop who has a decent, though minor, part. She is content with whatever she is given. The rest of the cast has minor roles, with the exception of a couple of bike gang members who make an impression.
The music of Yuvan Shankar Raja provides depth to the story. He shines in the background score, as usual, and once again delivers for Ajith. The BGM is fantastic, and it contributes to the film’s sophisticated, foreign vibe. The cinematography of Nirav Shah is outstanding. The ace lensman transports us back to the days of Billa. Valimai resembles a Hollywood action film in parts.
Valimai is an action thriller that actually works in the first half, sticking to the director’s strengths. Because there is nothing fascinating plot-wise in the second half, the flaws are highlighted. Valimai is a good choice for the first half if you enjoy action flicks. However, keep in mind that the watch’s painfully long length will try your patience.