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Top Gear Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Top Gear Movie Review : A pulpy and taut thriller that keeps you engaged

Story: Cab driver Arjun (Aadi Saikumar) is almost getting off duty and is ready to go home to his wife, Aadhya (Riya Suman). A turn of events finds him involved in the world of drug mafia for no fault of his own.

Review: At just two-hours-long, director Sashikanth manages a taut and pulpy thriller with Top Gear. The film might not keep you on the edge of your seat at all times but will surely keep you engaged.

Arjun (Aadi Saikumar) is enjoying newly-wedded bliss with his sweet wife Aadhya (Riya Suman). They’re oh-so-in-love, can’t keep their hands off each other and just giddy living in a bubble that’s soon about to burst. Almost off duty after driving his cab all day long, Arjun accepts his last customers for the day – Brahmaji and Rajesh, playing characters named after them. They just so happen to be involved in something illegal and are linked to escaped prisoner, drug kingpin Siddharth (Mime Gopi). In a few moments, Arjun finds his life turned upside down and being an unwilling participant in events that are far beyond his control.

Top Gear runs on a premise that is truly as chaotic as it sounds and Sashikanth manages to pull it off well for the most part. He does a good job of setting up both Arjun and Siddharth enough for you to care about what happens to them. Periphery characters, like ACP Vikram (Shatru), soon come to complicate matters even as Arjun finds himself spiralling. His character in particular goes organically from screaming at people to learning how to be street smart from the very criminals he’s surrounded by.

Where the film lacks is that when you strip the film down to the bare minimum, Sashikanth doesn’t really pull off something out of the box. He just takes up the kind of story you might have seen before and manages to do it well. And that’s a safe move. There’s a particular fight sequence that takes place in a hotel hallway that could’ve been better choreographed. Where he doesn’t play safe though is by refusing to tone down the seriousness of the situation with unnecessary humour or songs, kudos to that.

Aadi Saikumar does a good job of playing an everyday man who finds himself stuck in an impossible situation. He keeps his character relatable throughout the film and you feel his frustration. Riya Suman is adorable as his wife and while she might not have much to do due to the nature of the story, she pulls off her role convincingly. The same can be said for the rest of the cast. Mime Gopi can play menacing in his sleep, even without the BGM hyping him up. Sai Sriram’s cinematography and Harshavardhan Rameshwar’s score aid the film really well.

Top Gear is this reviewer’s final review for the year and thankfully it doesn’t disappoint. Grab some popcorn and watch it with your family if you’re game for some good entertainment. The film’s ending also hints that a part two might be on the way.

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