Critic’s Rating : 1.5 / 5
Yenni Thuniga Movie Review : An overlong, half-baked action drama
Right from its opening scene, which is set in the US (probably because that’s where the money is coming from), the film resembles a half-baked effort that lays bare the incompetence in its writing and making. The plot feels like it was written after a marathon viewing of heist thrillers, revenge dramas and cringe-worthy romantic films… a protagonist (Jai) who goes after the gang that accidentally shot his social activist girlfriend/fiancée (Athulya) during a shootout that happens when they are robbing a jewellery store. The robbers are after valuable diamonds that belong to a gangster (Suresh Subramanian) in the US, that a corrupt minister (Sunil Reddy) has stashed away in the store. For the hero, the only hope at knowing their identity is a woman who they have left for dead. Meanwhile, the head of the robbers (Vamsi Krishna) has a different problem to solve because the diamonds that they stole have gone missing and the gangster, for whom he works, is getting restless.
While this storyline has the requirements for an intense action thriller, Yenni what we get is actually a half-baked effort with inefficient writing and ordinary filmmaking. It is the kind of film in which the hero does better investigation than the police, who, despite being under pressure to crack the case because of the minister’s involvement, hardly do anything. And the hero is someone who goes to rescue a kid in urgent need of surgery and rather than try to find her whereabouts chooses to get into fisticuffs with the villain. The staging feels amateurish and the director banks on shaky camera and crash zooms to make the scenes seem tense. The acting is TV serial-ish while the action choreography is so laid back that there’s hardly any intensity. This goes to the film, too, which is overlong and stuffed with events unfolding on screen that hardly evoke any reaction from us. Only a couple of plot developments make us sit up. One involves the interval twist, which plays with the expectations that non-linear narratives have built in us and another about the mystery of the missing diamonds. But for the rest of the time, the film gets us close to a state of stupor, making us wonder if the title is a fair warning to us, audiences.