Kee Review - Sans the technicalities, Kee has nothing engrossing that would attract its audiences!
After numerous delays and hurdles, the technology based thriller film Kee starring Jiiva has just hit the screens. Directed by Kalees, the film boasts about a strong technology based script that shows promise of keeping us guessing and at the edge of the seat from the start. But have the makers stuck to the core and given us a convincing thriller? Scroll down to find out.
Jiiva’s comeback film if you could call it that, is Kee and it has him playing a suave techie who invents a virus called 'Basha', that aids him to hack any given device. He meets Anaika Soti, one of the female leads in a pub and till here, there is some interest from an audience point of view. But just 10 minutes into the film, we are introduced to Nikki Galrani, Jiiva’s parents played by Rajendra Prasad and Suhasini and this is where the film takes a long deviation and breaks our attention span. We also have RJ Balaji for the humour quotient as part of the casting and a demonous villain who can supposedly hack anything and everything.
Be it the usual family based emotional scenes, comedy portions or the unwanted romance track, none of these work among any of the audiences and it all serves as elements that test your patience. Director Kalees seems to have embroidered his technology based interesting scenes on a commercial cloth that falls flat almost at every instance. There is body shaming, jokes based on colour and even a lust driven scene that seem so force fitted. The motive of the antagonist when revealed, leaves a sense of despair for the audiences as there seems nothing concrete apart from the fact that we have a psychopath trying to play around with people’s lives with the help of technology, phones, cars and computers. But why?
Jiiva seems comfortable playing Sid, the techie but his performance is not held together by a gripping screenplay. Nikki and Anaika are just about average and there is no X factor with respect to performances as the villain is not someone who looks or acts in a particularly terrorising manner. It could also be termed a misfit in this casting. The rivalry between the protagonist and antagonist could have been a lot more well written and natural and one could only feel bad for the effort that the team has taken to make a very ordinary film which shows promise of a new idea here and there.
Though we have seen a lot of exploration with respect to the boons and banes of technology in films like Irumbu Thirai, the graphics in certain portions of Kee are very impressive. Naming a few would include the frog and snake sequence or the transformer and wire escape sequence, these scenes sure are well shot and well executed but the scarcity of such scenes in regular intervals and the lack of a strong conflict let the film’s spine hang loose.
Going by the teasers and trailers of Kee, one might expect an interestingly poised game of technology based battle between the hero and the villain. But the makers seem to have gone for a major commercial compromise throughout the first as well as second half and this lets the team’s technical effort down. In fact, even the battle could have had a better justification and the team could have concentrated more on the reason behind every scene or sequence and its execution.
Technically, Kee does have some positives and the cinematography by Abinandhan is a saving grace. His angles, lighting, tilted shots, movement based shots are all impressive and a particular bridge accident scene has been interestingly shot. The edit is ordinary and music by Vishal Chandrasekhar is good in parts. The placement of songs though does not help the pace of the film and these numbers too, leave no impact contrary to the well composed BGMs and background score.
On the whole, Kee which could have been an intriguing technological ride falls flat as a masala commercial picture with a tad bit of seasoning of such tech driven scenes. There is no doubt that Jiiva is a very seasoned performer and it is sad to see him helplessly trying to hold the audience’s attention that is distracted due to a lack of grip. Director Kalees could have given more importance to the core of the script and churned out more depth into the scenes that move forward the actual story. Kee cannot be completely dismissed as a no-brainer but the elements that show promise are definitely on the lull side.
A lack of a powerful motive and the presence of the usual commercial elements bring down the ‘tech’ factor that team Kee could have explored a lot more!