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RATSASAN (Tamil/2018) - A taut and engrossing serial killer mystery with a brilliant premise. (Review by Bobby Sing)
23 Dec, 2018 | Movie Reviews / 2018 Releases / Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi)

A well-made psychological crime thriller with an engrossing mystery of a serial killer murdering the young school going girls, RATSASAN (meaning Demon) is directed by Ramkumar and features Vishnu and Amala Paul in the lead along with an impressive cast.
 
As a taut, competent suspense thriller, it has its limitations but works for most of its duration, keeping you thoroughly involved in the ongoing investigations. And its most interesting merit remains the basic premise where we have an aspiring filmmaker doing his extensive research on psycho killers since long but doesn’t get a chance rejected by the financers. He later has to join police force on the recommendation of his brother-in-law already serving the force, where he gets a chance to solve a serial killer mystery with the help of all the research he had actually earlier done for his movie-script.
 
Though the writer-director could have used this intriguing premise in a much better way, it still strikes you well and works brilliantly. Having many edge of the seat moments as an intelligently written and directed film, RATSASAN gets great support from the performances, background score and sound design in particular apart from the stylish editing. The important music creates the right amount of tension lifting up the entire proceedings and the obvious romance doesn’t really disturb with the songs smartly used in the backdrop.
 
Among the downers, the film stumbles when it comes to the personal tragedy and deals with it too quickly in an insensitive hushed up manner. The prosthetics used certainly look unconvincing and weird. Plus the potential elements of auto rickshaw and the school teacher surely could have resulted in a much scary and absorbing suspense angle. 
 
However these shortcomings thankfully still don’t affect the film in any brutal way and the film successfully manages to be a dark psycho murder mystery that deserves to be seen for its appreciable merits. A few sequences do become the major highlight of the film, like the script thrown back by the sea, the chance auto-rickshaw ride and the magical backstory introducing something entirely unexpected adding to its dark theme.
 
So do go for it and have a great time trying to solve this gripping mystery before the hero does it reaching the RATSASAN.
 
Rating : 3.5 / 5

(Note: The film can now be seen on SUNNXT movie portal/app with English subtitles at a nominal subscription for an year) 

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23 Dec 2018 / Comment ( 1 )
Ramji.S

Sir why they have to show a progeria patient as a killer? Why cant he be shown like "Everyone of us yet a serial killer" Have u got my doubt? The same mistake done in another psycho thriller Vettaiyadu villayadu where killer is shown as having symptoms of homosexuality.. this is insensitive for a filmaker to do such a big mistake. Wasn't a big mistake at all? Why can't that serial killer be shown just like a normal person who living among us.... Was it not sound right!

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