Critic’s Rating : / 5
Hit: The 2nd Case Movie Review : Delivers when it comes to gore but not the rest
HIT 2 Review: HIT: The Second Case picks up after the events of HIT: The First Case, which had featured Vishwak Sen as Vikram Rudraraju. The story shifts from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh and a new case is taken up by HIT. What you expect is something much more intriguing than the ‘first case’. What you unfortunately get is a ‘second case’ that’s a mixed bag from the get-go.
Krishna Dev aka KD (Adivi Sesh) is an SP in HIT (Homicide Intervention Team) in the sleepy city of Visakhapatnam. The only crimes for him to solve are of family squabbles resulting in murders. So much so that KD even uses the term kodi burralu to describe these criminals who don’t challenge him intellectually in the least. At home, he finds domesticity with his girlfriend, a boutique owner called Aarya (Meenakshi Chaudhary) and his adorable dog Max. Things soon change and KD is forced to sit up and take notice. A girl is chopped into pieces and her body is displayed gruesomely. There are numerous clues and red herrings he must decode to get to the bottom of it.
HIT: The Second Case is neatly divided into two parts in a span of two hours – the set up and the pay-off. It’s unfortunate that some of the best parts of the set up are revealed in the trailer (so it’s best to skip that if you haven’t seen it already). As a result, you wait for new information to pop up on screen to take you by surprise. The film also begins with the story of a man called Ram (Harsha Vardhan) but to reveal anything much about it would be a spoiler. Let’s just say, men paranoid about domestic abuse cases will have a field day with this one.
We’re also told KD shares a frictional relationship with his colleague Varsha (Komalee Prasad), a little like Vikram did with Abhilash (Maganti Srinath). DGP Nageswara Rao (Rao Ramesh) is not making things easier either. KD and Aarya’s relationship is also explored through Urike Urike and as cute as it all is, you’re just impatient for things to kick into motion. Things fall into place by the time the second hour of the film rolls around. And if you’ve been paying attention, you can also guess who the killer is. The reveal is more of a fizzle than the bang it’s supposed to be, they don’t go exactly against the grain here.
The issue with HIT: The Second Case is not just how the case plays out but also the fact that by the time it’s revealed who the lead for HIT: The Third Case will be, you can’t help but feel that this film serves more as a liaison between the first and third films. The next hero’s reveal comes with a very ‘anna nu thop’ energy. It is pretty fun to watch. Some key information about Vikram Rudraraju is also revealed, which is nice. Makes you wonder when you’ll see him again. Key players from the first part are brought into the fold to explain certain things. Did Aarya need to exist, is also a question you’ll end up asking yourself by the end of it all.
Adivi Sesh is pretty good at playing KD. The sarcasm and witty one-liners come easily to him. Where Vikram came with nothing but a chaotic energy, KD is the total opposite and level-headed. But he does well with what he’s given, especially towards the second hour. Meenakshi is okay in her role that comes and goes as per convenience. Srinath and Komalee, apart from Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani and others do a good job. MM Srilekha and Suresh Bobbili’s music is good while John Stewart Eduri’s score is a hit and miss. Garry BH does a good job on the editing, so does Manikandan with the cinematography.
HIT: The Second Case delivers what it promises when it comes to the gore (it is rated A, after all) and taking the HIT universe forward. It just doesn’t seem to do anything to take you by surprise. What it does do however is make you want to watch the next instalment. And maybe, that’s a win.