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Times of India
A visual treat, Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi (LL7K) tells the story of six people of varied backgrounds brought together by nature enthusiast Philipose John Varkey and urged to protect a 500-year-old civilization that exists deep within the forest.
, director Anil Radhakrishnan Menon's tribute to nature, is visually marvellous. The initial half of the movie takes the audience on a mystical journey through lush green forests, emerald lakes, swift rapids, dark caves and misty hills.
It's also where the movie connects with viewers the most. Anil's third movie sees him expanding the canvas, focusing on society and its duty to conserve nature.
The movie starts off with nature enthusiast Philipose John Varkey (Kunchako Boban) assembling a motley crew of six people and trekking to a meeting point known as 7000 Kandi.
Once there, Philipose informs them about a 500-year-old civilization that exists deep inside the forest and how an industrial corporation plans to level the entire area for precious minerals, in the process of which they would wipe out the livelihood of the villagers.
Despite its visual brilliance, the film's narrative falls flat in the second half when the villagers fail to receive due importance. Though there are occasional flashes of ingenuity in the way the group devises and executes their plans to scare off the corporation, it doesn't quite deliver in terms of impact.
Kunchako shines in his role, emanating a sense of calm, and his introduction scene is one of the best in recent times. Despite being a multi-starrer, Jacob Gregory, Bharath and Sudheer Karamana stand out from the rest.
As far as cinematography is concerned, take a bow Jayesh Nair for the literally refreshing frames that show forests like never before in Indian cinema. The art department has gone all out to ensure authenticity and it shines through. Rex Vijayan's music complements the already appealing fabric of the film with Sushin Shyam and M R Rajakrishnan's sounds adding to it.
LL7K is a movie that is technically brilliant, visually magnificent and ably acted, but fails to engage the audience due to its predictable and lukewarm narrative.