Sci fi films have a new benchmark to look up to
While everyone is raving about how good Suriya starrer 24 really is, it has now created pressure on upcoming films of the similar genre in the future. Gone are days when any kind of experiment was appreciated. Thanks to the brilliant narrative by director Vikram Kumar, the upcoming sci fi filmmakers have to really pull up their socks and match that high standard.
The two big films that we can think of right away are in this genre are Vikram's Iru Mugan and Rajinikanth's 2.O.
Iru Mugan is the upcoming Tamil science fiction thriller directed by Anand Shankar. The director is pretty new to the film industry and has only done two films so far, Arima Nambi and Dynamite, the Telugu remake of Arima Nambi. While the film itself was an amazing Hollywood level thriller, Vikram must make sure that the director doesn't turn out to be a one time wonder and actually delivers to the standard of Arima Nambi and maybe even try to do better.
Vikram Kumar is definitely a lot more crafty here and it would be hard to compete with his crisp storytelling. What works in Vikram's favour are himself, Nayanthara and Nithya Menen. All three are brilliant actors and they can definitely keep the audience engaged even if the story falls flat. Plus, from the teaser, we can see that the action sequences is going to be top notch. But the makers of Iru Mugan and Vikram in particular should keep in mind that their film will definitely be compared with 24 and they would have to live up to that standard.
Most importantly, Vikram is still very much suffering from a huge slump in his acting career and it is doubtful if he can survive another failure. It is truly painful to see such a talented actor going to waste.
There is an even bigger onus on the Rajinikanth starrer, because, after all it is a Shankar film. Shankar is called as the James Cameron of Tamil cinema thanks to his grand and larger than life films that he loves to make and frankly, there was nothing grander than Endhiran/Robot. So, Shankar is considered to be one of the best directors in Kollywood and he definitely needs to surpass Vikram Kumar who is comparatively not a very established director.
Next up, the pressure comes on Rajinikanth himself, even if his situation is not as bad as Vikram's. Thalaivar's last two films Kochadaiiyaan and Lingaa were big flops and he needs a hit big time to make his presence felt in the industry. Of course Kabali looks very promising, but in the off chance that it tanks, the Superstar must make sure that 2.O is truly amazing at least as far as his performance is concerned. The 2.O team has an advantage in the form of Akshay Kumar who is a very good and established actor. Also, the humongous hype that exists on the film already is also very helpful. But films do not run solely on hype, it requires content too.
So what do you think? Can Iru Mugan and 2.O really live up to the standards of 24? Or will they even surpass it and create a new benchmark of their own? We would get the answer for the Vikram film sooner as it is going to release in July.
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