144 Movie Review - Doesn't Make You Laugh as Much

144 Movie Review

144 is a novel attempt about a robber and his racer friend trying to steal gold from a wealthy merchant. But, the only drawback is that the film uses too much of scenes we know already and has very little comedy to keep you laughing.

Release date: 27 November 2015Genre: Comedy-Drama
Cast: Ashok Selvan, Shiva, Oviya and Sruthi Ramakrishnan and many othersDirector by G. Manikandan
Music by R. B. GurudevCinematography R. B. Gurudev
Edited by Leo John PaulProduction company Thirukumaran Entertainment
Distributed by Abi & Abi PicturesRuntime: 134 Minutes
Language Tamil CBFC Rating 'U'

Directed by Manikandan and produced by CV Kumar, 144 stars Siva, Ashok Selvan, Oviya and Sruthi in the lead. The film has music Sean Roldon and has cinematography by RB Gurudev.

Quick Glance

What's great?

  • . Siva's one liners

  • . Both heroines primarily used for glamor and less for story

  • . The rural backdrop is convincing with realistic sets

  • . Multiple characters and a decent plot

What's not?

  • . Very few comical liners to make you laugh

  • . Gets boring in the second half with lengthy scenes

Siva is an unsuccessful robber who is friends with a call girl, Oviya. He teams up with Ashok Selvan and Munishkanth to rob the gold hidden in a Vinayaga idol amidst a village riot. Can they pull it off?

The Cast

Siva once again does what he is best at and he tries his best to handle the movie with his enjoyable mannerisms. Ashok Selvan is becoming better but directors are yet to pull out his potential as it was done in movies like Soodhu Kavvum. Oviya is purely for the glamor part while there's another heroine named Shruti. Munishkanth is seen in multiple movies these days and he's good in his own area.

The Team

With so many characters and a decent plot, it is possible to make 144 a memorable comedy flick. Director Manikandan has done it in the first hour or so but falters towards the end. The comedy doesn't work out as intended while there are too many predictable scenes. Artwork by Gopi Anand is a saving grace in the movie as he did it to perfection. If you are ready to forget logic and laugh at anything, this one is for you.

Bottom line - Mindless comedy with predictable narrative style.

Certified Fresh - No!

Stars - 3/5