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Times of India
Four strangers meet in an apartment elevator on a rainy day and as power fluctuates, two of them get mysteriously stabbed. The third one, a criminal, gets killed by the fourth one (a woman) in the elevator. What connects them all?
Of late, Malayalam cinema is experimenting with edge-of-the-seat thrillers that give an initial impression that 'something is about to happen' or a brilliant twist would connect all the dots towards the end. Sadly, this doesn't happen and you feel tricked into paying attention as the last reel rolls with end credits. Aneesh Upasana's Seconds serves the thrill factor on a tempting platter for more than an hour and as you savour it, the distaste at the end isn't something you might have bargained for.
The paths of Teena, Firoz, goon Thampi and insurance agent Veermani cross and tragedy hits them in an elevator. Police investigation reveal their background. The film is thrilling for most part. As the first half ends, you wait for the next part to unfold to learn why things happened the way it was shown.
All the actors do justice to their roles. However, it's towards the climax that the film falters as the director goes overboard taking a cinematic leeway that leaves you disappointed. Sequences like the one in which a person stabs himself, falls to the ground, lifts himself up again and then stabs someone else near him... for a while the film's flow is like that of a video game!
In the end, not only does the director fails to explain what he set out to achieve, but also loses track and turns the film into another thriller sans believable events. Sans logic, Seconds is mostly filled with sound and fury, signifying nothing. It's watchable for sure, but hardly gratifying.