06 Dec, 2012 1 hr 50 mins U
Malar Meni Perumal, Ganthiban, Aghondren Sahadevan
Synopsis
Adutha Kattam, has the elements for a lean and mean thriller but unfortunately loses its way by going for unnecessary back stories, characters and sub-plot.
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  • Times of India
Synopsis: Feeling let down by her husband Vijay (Aghondren) on their wedding anniversary, Rekha (Malar) drives to her mother's home in the night. Her mobile phone's battery is dead and her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. And, to make matters worse, she is offered help by Arvin (Ganthiban), who has something horrific in mind.

Review: A motorway, a woman, and a monster — Adutha Kattam , made by Malaysian Tamils with the support of the Malaysian Film Development Corporation, has the elements for a lean and mean thriller but unfortunately loses its way around its half time by going for unnecessary back stories (with a song, no less!), characters and sub-plot. Stood up by her husband for the umpteenth time, Rekha, in a fit of anger, decides to make a long-distance journey to her mother's place. Unfortunately, it is night, her mobile phone's battery is dead and her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. And, to make matters worse, she has to deal with Arvin, a criminal who helps her with the intention of sexually assaulting her. Can Rekha save herself?

The first 20 minutes are gripping as we see Rekha grappling with her inner fears as she stands alone in the forest in the middle of the night. Muralikrishnan Munian employs horror movie tropes to make it even scarier. But, the film loses some amount of thrill once Rekha becomes the victim of Arvin. Maybe, it is because we finally see the danger she is walking into. Plus, the script gets quite wayward when additional characters like the cop who is Vijay's friend and the drug lord who is Arvin's boss crop up. They are meant to be details, but what they end up doing is disturb the film's mood. The film wouldn't have lost anything if it had just been the couple and the criminal. Also, Arvin's appearance changes once Rekha realizes his real intention. One minute his hair is cropped and the next it has grown quite a bit!

But the film does subvert a couple of thriller cliches. Despite Vijay turning up to save his wife, he only ends up being a liability to Rekha. And, thankfully, the cops stay off-screen in the climax.
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