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Panthrand Movie Review

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Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Panthrand Movie Review : A disjointed gang story

Story: A gang of 12 members including two brothers, in a peculiar circumstance the elder brother, the gang leader withdraws himself from all the criminal activities and becomes a fisherman, his original job, the reason behind his transformation and the tussle between the brothers on this decision is the story of Panthrand.

Review: Andhro (Vinayakan) and Pathro (Shine Tom Chacko) are brothers running a quotation gang of 11 members. One day, while they are returning from a ‘job’, they find an unknown man in their van and while they forcefully drop him on the way, he still reaches the village where Andhro and his team live with their family.

He introduces himself as Immanuel (Dev Mohan) and he soon wins over the village with his charming smile and oud. He influences Andhro to stop all his illegal activities and go back to fishing, and goes up against Peelu (Lal), a local politician who is behind the gang. Why is Immanuel in the village and confronting those doing the quotation work? Will his influence over them turn the henchmen into good samaritans? These answers form the rest of the movie.

Shine Tom excels as Pathro, once again an anti-hero image but presented very differently. It’s fun to watch him on screen with his silly gimmicks and in action scenes. Vinayakan presents himself convincingly as a gang leader who turns back to his original job as a fisherman. Dev Mohan, looks good in this action thriller, but doesn’t strike the chord he did in his debut romantic role in Sufiyum Sujathayum. The movie portrays Immanuel in a mysterious way; healing ailing people and so on, almost like a modern-time Jesus Christ.

The first half of the movie, until a point, moves fast, but then it slows down, though the curiosity of what will happen next keeps you glued. There are scenes that make the movie mysterious, like the ‘last supper’, where all the family dine together on the beach.

The cinematography by Swaroop Shoba is the best part of the movie. He has captured the sea, sailing, fishing, beach and the night scenes perfectly. The BGM by Alphons Joseph is also excellent and Shahabaz Aman’s voice is soothing in Melle En Pranayam and Vaanthiril Mizhi. Even for all these positives, the movie doesn’t really work for being too long, and being disjointed, particularly Vinayakan’s character. Dev Mohan does a good job but fails to create that charm of his first movie. Lal manages his role nicely, Srinda, Swetha Vinod, Veena Nair, and Prashant all justify their part.

The film with its themes of friendship, family and love between brothers, amid the action thriller feel, makes it an entertainer for the family audience, as well.
– V Vinod Nair

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