Onto the next release of the weekend and before I get to the big two releases Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan(I know I am late but it is okay, can’t wait to be trolled 😏), I decided to watch the new Tamil film Cadaver in Hotstar starring Amala Paul. In the wake of many thrillers doing the rounds on OTT, this one does join the club. But I was really curious to watch Amala Paul in the film. Not only does Cadaver mark the debut of Amala Paul as a producer but I have really admired her as an actor too. She even had a pretty good appearance in last week’s anthology Victim – Who Is Next. So then does Cadaver ensures for a thrilling ride, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Cadaver follows the story of a string of murders allegedly committed by a prisoner while still behind bars. What is the mystery behind it? The story is pretty good but alas we as an audience has been accustomed to so many thrillers that none of it seems novel anymore. In other words, the story has its share of twists and turns but it doesn’t shock you in anyway. The screenplsy standing at exactly 2 hours makes for a brisk watch.
The drama has a good premise with a murder being committed against an interesting setup. The prisoner being behind bars predicts the next victim every now and then resulting in an interesting cat and mouse chase. The forensics bit adds a nice little layer to the drama which is engrossing and engaging to begin with.
Things are slightly indifferent as the grip on the drama loosens every now and then. The proceedings move at the same wavelength and they never rise above the writing material. Having said that, this drama is consistently watchable with its twists and turns every now and then which will keep you guessing in the first hour.
Things stutter further in the second hour when the drama gets slightly predictable as far as the motive is concerned. I was slightly disconnected in the middle of the second half which could have been tighter barring a few of the cliches which are the regular tropes of a thriller. This until the final act does its bit to rescue the film and make it a decently good watch. Overall, the screenplay has its moment although it could have been tighter.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are adequate, nothing really to shout about them. The music is decent as is the BGM which does its bit to keep you invested in the drama. I really liked the cinematography here with some tight angles which added to the ambience of the drama. Director Anoop Panicker does a fairly good job here. His direction is rough around the edges but he does create some genuinely engaging moments in the drama which is consistently watchable.
The performances are really good. Munishkanth as Michael is first rate. Riythvika as Priya has her moments to shine. Athulya as Angel is really good with a sweet screen presence making her character really affable. Thrigun as Vetri is pretty good in a nicely layered character. Harish Uthaman as ACP Vishal has a good screen presence and he pulls off his character with aplomb. But it is Amala Paul as Dr. Badra who is the screen stealer. She does a fabulous job using her towering screen presence to great effect. She is in total control of her character throughout making for a great outing for her.
Cadaver is a decently engaging thriller which can be watched once. Available on Hotstar.