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Times of India
Surya loves emotional emphasis on father son bonding. Ram plays a street smart guy who worships his father like a god and how this leads to hilarious situations.
Okay, it’s necessary to lay it on the line – Rao Ramesh is the best thing that happened to Tollywood in recent times! When you are the son of a legend like Rao Gopal Rao, it might seem tough to stand out. But the actor makes it seem a very easy task. So much so, with every passing film, it seems he wants to let you know that he’s not a shadow to anyone. For sure, if the legend was around now, he’d be immensely proud of how his son is slowly etching his name in the pages of history for being one actor who can singlehandedly carry a very average film across the finishing line. And the latest example of that is Hyper, a tedious fare in which the actor is one of the very few positives.
Other than that, Ram coming back to his energetic self after a very underplayed character in Nenu Sailaja impresses. Sathyaraj is the spine of the film and one wonders whether this film would make any sense without these three actors.
This is a film which has an emotional core and an interesting message to give. Ever thought about the consequences of a government official’s actions? Well, director Santosh Srinivas uses some very interesting sequences to tell you how a sincere officer’s good job is a result of great infrastructure for generations together. There are stellar moments throughout the film from Ram’s kidnap scene to Sathyaraj slapping a senior official which are well written along with Rao Ramesh’s cruelty and evilness which make you hate him. But all these are mostly because of the brilliant performances of the three actors. Of course, Raashi enters a new arena with her avatar reminding you of Ileana from Julayi with the transition of a nerd to a modern day diva and she does impress. Murli Sharma makes a mark as well.
But that’s about it and everything takes a nosedive from thereon. Because despite a sensitivity about it, the story takes a very long time to make the actual point. So much so, you are tired waiting to know what they want to even say! The team had promised a message through this film. Is it delivered? Well, not with the impact one would hope for. Despite an decent premise, the story doesn’t quite work and is something you’ll forget easily because it’s too predictable.
Hyper is an interesting film and you see glimpses of films like Janatha Garage (remember the government employee Vikas is shown hell for his sincerity? ) and Julayi (we already told you) and Race Gurram to an extent (cheating a minister to get the end result you want!).
The film is predictable at places and endearing at times. But on the whole, it feels like watching paint dry. Here’s a film which has its heart in the right place but the beats aren’t quite right.