Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5
Jack N’ Jill Movie Review : A sci-fi lacking intelligence
Review: What happens when AI becomes a reality and a scientist, brings it to Kerala to complete a dream project designed by his father? Jack N Jill directed by ace cinematographer-filmmaker Santhosh Sivan is a comedic, sci-fi that explores the pros and cons of AI.
Keshu (Kalidas Jayaram), a successful young scientist from London, comes down to his hometown to execute his dad’s dream AI project, Jack N Jill. His childhood friends Dr Subramaniam (Aju Varghese) and Ravi (Basil Joseph) join him in the mission with the support of Keshu’s grandfather, retired Colonel Nair (Nedumudi Venu). Along with them, there is Kuttaps (Soubin Shahir), a third generation of neuroid robots with AI developed by Keshu.
As the team begins the execution of the Jack N Jill project, which has three phases that would allow humans to explore the possibilities of their brains beyond the ’10 percent that is usually used’, they need a specially challenged human brain specimen to experiment with. Without permission, they first try it on an elderly person who is in search of the love of his life. When the project flops, they drop him without so much as an ‘excuse me, sorry’ and plan to find a woman specimen. There are many reasons for that, most of it misogynistic.
And they find an upper caste girl – ‘illathe Namboodiri kutti’ – Parvathy (Manju Warrier) who suffers from post traumatic amnesia. Without any disclaimer, they take her for the experiment. The movie proceeds as the Jack N Jill project unravels Parvathy’s past.
The centre of attraction of the film, which seems a bit outdated in the post-Covid era, is Manju Warrier and her stunt sequences, though with similar a background score, it reminds one of the classic stunt sequences of Digambaran from Santhosh’s directorial Ananthabhadram.
There is violence, drugs and women assault, if not, this could have been a good children’s film for the summer vacation.
– Anjana George