Tamil cinema’s ace thief Vikram Kennedy is a desperate man.
The schlockmeister of Kollywood has not had a decent hit in a million years.
His recent movies like Bheema, Rajapattai and Deiva Thirumagal were either plain awful or outright theft.
The audience is giving him the cold shoulder.
He’s seething with rage seeing podiyans (kids) like Simbhu, Vishal, Arya etc getting ahead of him.
The bozo must be losing its mind.
Now there’s speculation that Vikram’s upcoming movie Thandavam is also a ripoff of a Hollywood film – Daredevil.
SI blog readers will recall that Vikram’s previous movie Deiva Thirumagal was an instance of outright stealing from the Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer film I an Sam.
Daredevil – Junk
At the behest of one of my readers, I watched Daredevil (2003) the other day (Netflix has the DVD in the U.S.).
In my not-so-humble opinion, the underlying theme of Daredevil is not merely fanciful but utter drivel – A blind Batmanesque figure.
Ben Affleck, the hero of Daredevil, plays a blind super-hero who ‘zooms’ and ‘flies’ over the city bringing the bad guys to book.
Yes, Daredevil too wears a mask and a costume.
Like Batman, Daredevil is also a comic book character (Marvel Comics).
But Daredevil’s is a smaller operation confined to the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.
Another difference – Batman wears black, our Daredevil wears a metallic red costume.
In the movie, our hero Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is a blind lawyer taking up cases of the indigent innocent.
Although his law firm is not in great shape, he’s willing to take payment from his clients in kind.
In one instance, the payment comes in the form of fish.
Matt became blind as a young boy in an accident involving hazardous waste.
However, the accident heightened his other senses and still allows him to ‘see,’ albeit in a different way.
Jennifer Garner (who later became Ben Affleck’s real-life wife) plays his love interest Elektra Natchios in the film.
Two Bad Guys
Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan are the two bad guys.
Of the two, Farrell’s character Bullseye is the more interesting villain.
With his Irish brogue and a bullseye etched on the face, Colin Farrell delivers a superb performance as the weird, cocky assassin
I had no issues with the acting of the other key players as well or with the photography.
Jennifer Garner is a pretty lady, with more than a bit of class, and adds up to the sex quotient of the movie.
And I must also acknowledge that the overall execution of the film was slick.
My main grouse was that the foundation of the film was so bizarrely silly.
Plus, I’m sick and tired of all these super-hero films.
There’s very little difference in any of these movies.
People jumping off tall buildings and pummeling the bad guys.
Ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
If Vikram’s Thandavam is indeed a lift of Daredevil, it’d be an asinine move.
I remain skeptical that Thandavam will fly with Tamil moviegoers if it involves the bozo Vikram playing a blind superhero ‘flying’ about and killing the bad guys.
In a million years, the Kollywood buffoons cannot make a slick superhero film.
Audiences are sure to make comparisons with Hollywood super-hero productions like Batman, Ironman etc and in such a contest the Tamil imitation will surely be found wanting.
But experience has taught me to never underestimate the stupidity of the average Tamil moviegoer!