The campus of Travancore Maharajas College is always tense because of animosity between two opposing group of students. While they are busy with their rivalries, something happens on the campus that disrupts the atmosphere further. A new professor lands on the campus and he is like no other they have encountered, so far.
It starts off as a campus caper, aspires to be an investigative thriller and wraps up baffling the viewers as to why our standards of cinema viewing are underestimated these days. A festival release, Masterpiece is hardly a film that can wear such a name with integrity. An interfusion of predictable story patterns, unconvincing ideas and half-baked characters, it hardly does justice to the star cast it boasts of.
The plot of the movie is set in Travancore Maharajas College, a typical campus that we have seen time and again in movies, even in the past few months. It has two warring factions - Real Fighters and Royal Warriors, who keep clashing with each other over petty reasons. Adding to the madness, something dreadful happens on the campus that disturbs the environment further. Amidst the chaos enters a professor named Edward Livingston, who is like no other and his presence beckons some ripples of change at the campus.
As always, Mammootty looks his best and offers his all-embracing fans enough moments to revel in his heroics. Post intermission, there are also some hidden surprises that catch the audience off guard. Though brief, Gokul Suresh enacts his role decently enough and the makers have tried to ooze as much energy as possible into the song sequences.
One can't help noticing the striking similarity of the plot with another recently released film. If at all you brush that aside, the film, which has a crew of calibre, has character sketches that lack clarity and leaves you bewildered. It also has too many cliches, like the slinky professor who sashays down the corridor seductively, the all-applaudable professor of the protagonist and many such elements that give no real narrative uniqueness to Masterpiece. There are many stunt sequences, but they appear odd, forced and largely unreal, especially in the second half of the film. The inclusion of Captain Raju's Pavanayi avatar into the film, probably for comical effect, lacked any quality humour. Similarly, when Mammootty's character says 'I respect women' at too many junctures, you can't help wondering why it's been so desperately and heavily overdone.
Masterpiece falls flat at many areas and sadly lacks the kick of a commercial, festival release. The so-called mass scenes are aplenty but they aren't entertainingly impactful enough for a film with a runtime of 2 hours and 40 minutes.