Mukundan Unni Associates Movie Review - Cruel Intentions
Director Vertrimaran once said in an interview, “I don’t find anything black and white; I find grey in every person, and that is what excites me.” This films start with a similar writings on the wall and takes it to a different level, highlighting human nature is not B&W but its either black or grey. And that message is super imposed from start to finish and in every nook and corner of this movie.
Vineeth Sreenivasan's character plays an unsuccessful lawyer in this film and his only ambition in life is to become a successful one by hook or by crook. How he employs the strategy by my way or highway approach is narrated in a slick and precise way. He is an embodiment of most selfish,heartless and un-empathetic character you will see but at the same time some of us will stamp him as a likable anti-hero character.
He was at his best in this most savage and single-minded role. The story mostly revolves around insurance claims and how one can exploit its loop holes. When he finds an opportunity to tap into that, he doesn't mind back stabbing to achieve the end goal irrespective of his near or dear ones. The meticulous construction and the constant voice over narration is genuinely impressive in this well-mounted script. The dark humor works most of the time. The attention to detail is superb and its on the money for cynical exploration and modern morality take.
On the flip side you may a get a feel of one sided narration and perspective approach. Honestly i didn't pay any attention to those due to its run time and slick editing. If you go wearing a judgmental hat, then this will disappoint you big time. I really would have loved a different ending though, but the word remorse and virtuous heart dont apply here. If you have enjoyed films like Ace In The Hole and Nightcrawler then this is your cup of tea.
Verdict - 3.5/5(If it bleeds, it leads)