V on Amazon Prime Video, with Nani and Sudheer Babu: A thoroughly underwhelming cat-and-mouse thriller

Posted on September 3, 2020

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I wondered if the director would have been more comfortable just pursuing a romantic zone: after all, his last outing, the Notting Hill-inspired Sammohanam, was quite a charmer.

Spoilers ahead…

I briefly wondered if Mohana Krishna Indraganti’s V might turn out to be good. It is filled with high-minded references, from Shakespeare to Emily Brontë. The film opens with a card containing Prospero’s declaration in The Tempest: “At this hour / Lie at my mercy all mine enemies.” At a much-later point, we see the protagonist, DCP Aditya (Sudheer Babu), unwinding with a copy of Wuthering Heights. We get ruminations on the evil within us all, even if it’s just the pleasure we get from watching people die in ultra-violent Korean movies. We get thoughts on systemic corruption in the forces intended to uphold justice, like the army and the police. But when we get down to it, V is just another revenge saga, with a templated second-half flashback that says the victims had it coming. In other words, this cat-and-mouse thriller is a tempest in a teacup. Or if you prefer, much ado about nothing. As you like it: Hamlet, Anthony and Cleopatra. What was that? That last line made little sense? Wait till we get talking about this movie!

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