Spyder Review: Screenplay Lost in Translation (Rating: 2.75)

Film: Spyder

Language: Telugu

Cast: Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh, S. J. Surya, Bharath, Priyadarshi Pullikonda, RJ Balaji

Director: A.R Murugadoss

Rating: 2.75


Story: Shiva (Mahesh), A tech-savvy crime fighter crosses path with a  Psyco killer (Surya).  Shiva makes his mission to stop this  Pysco at any cost. Did Shiva succeed in his mission forms the rest of the story?

Acting: Mahesh tried to hold the movie with his screen presence and timing but even he could not escape the weak screenplay. His action in emotional episodes and timing in the comedy scenes are perfect.  S.J Surya as Psyco did a tremendous job and looks like he found his calling. The screenplay again didn't do justice to his role. Rakul Preeth Singh is supposed to be a glamour relief but somewhere like the movie, her role got lost in translation. Priyadarshi Pullikonda and RJ Balaji are adequate as hero's friends. Bharath as Psyco's brother is short but significant and he did well in the limited space.

Techincal: Director A.R Murgadoss chose an interesting thriller but failed completely in translating it to the screen.  The screenplay has no rhyme or rhythm. Some parts felt like one's watching old movies where songs pop up to just to break the serious mood of the film. This might have worked in a regular commercial film but in a thriller, it just makes the audience more impatient. There are a couple of good action episodes but they happen back to back which makes it a tedious.  The writing and dialogues by A.R. Murugadoss have nothing to talk about. The story he chooses to tell is interesting on paper but feels like it was never completely developed. Music by Harris Jayaraj for songs was passable but did a good job on Background score. Cinematography by Santosh Sivan was good.  Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad was good in parts.  The production by NVR Cinema is rich.

Analysis: The screenplay is a big let down from the word go. Every time you hope the movie will gather momentum you are pulled back. All the good action scenes happen at the tail end of the movie but by then the audience patience too comes to an end. The movie makes one feel like they are watching an American TV Drama "CSI". The screenplay is mostly on hero's narration than the actual action, which might work in a one-hour TV show but gets tedious in a two and half hour movie.


Action Episodes
SJ Surya



Box office: The movie has no scope of surviving at the box office either in  India or Overseas.

Verdict: You can easily skip it unless you are Harcore fan of Mahesh

Bottom Line: Screenplay Lost in Translation.

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