Vishwaroopam 2 Review: Complex, non-linear narratives are always a tricky proposition in cinema. Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2, adopts a unique screenplay that tries to tell a story that presents both, before and after scenarios of the original Vishwaroopam movie. So, the sequel presents a continuation of the original story, as well as plot points that explain the first film’s scenes. The result of this approach is a long-drawn film that doesn’t always feel coherent. Not only is the film indulgent, it’s also a bit too tedious, despite it’s slick execution.
Vishwaroopam 2 is a spy thriller and it serves up some good genre aspects. The combat scenes, the stunts and the props all look like they belong to a big-ticket Hollywood film. But for all it’s frills, the film feels too stretched. A lot of the dialogue-heavy scenes featuring Shekhar Kapur and Anant Mahadevan don’t really make the cut. There are several flashbacks that go back, to the first film’s premise of Rahul Bose as the terrorist leader in Afghanistan. These scenes look great with the American army and the desert combat sequences, but they don’t really add any weight to the story at hand.
As you would expect from a mainstream masala movie, there’s dollops of action with good amounts of comedy, romance and drama thrown in too. But each new subplot just adds to the confusion. It also doesn’t help that the film goes a little too over-the-top with the an underwater action sequence, as well as the climactic, gravity-defying fight.
Kamal Haasan as the lead man is in top form. He’s great in the dialogue driven scenes, but moments that feature a lot of action and stunts, just don’t look all that convincing. Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah as the film’s heroines have good roles and the two actresses perform really well. But the same can’t be said of the antagonists Rahul Bose and Jaideep Ahlawat, who end up being caricatures of evil terrorists.
Vishwaroopam 2 is a classic example of overkill. This multi-lingual film has been shot in both Tamil and Hindi. And despite having some genuinely good moments, the film tries to put forth a little too much, a little too quickly.