Novel Crime, Numb Execution!
A remake that�s neither faithful to the original nor to adapted language. Already when everything seems so dull in the flick, the changes made spoils the show further.(more)
Source: Ashwin Ram, MovieCrow
A visually distinct, but narratively bland crime film
Throughout the first half, the film seems indecisive on what it wants to be and the jagged editing only leads to what feels like disorienting narrative jumps. Things do get better in the second half when it thankfully ditches attempts at pandering to fans and focuses on narrating the modus operandi behind the crime, but even here, the scenes lack enough tension to offer us a gripping tale.(more)
Source: Suganth, Times Of India
Santhanam's detective drama is another misfire from Manoj Beedha
Agent Kannayiram is like the gun in the film. Manoj wants to undercut Chekhov�s gun theory by introducing the gun in the film, which never goes off till the end. Yet, the film fails to establish this like several other things. Everything is unpronounced and lacks the impact the director has aimed for thus we are left with an underwhelming film that tries too hard. Not just the gun, even the film fails to fire.(more)
Source: Kirubhakar Purushothaman , Indian Express
Santhanam's remake of 'Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya' is terrifyingly bad
The core of Agent Kannayiram is quite solid. Think about it, a man who is traumatised by memories of his dead mother, and who couldn�t even get to say a final goodbye to her, gets personally and emotionally attached to a case of unclaimed dead bodies. By trying to solve the mystery, it is as if he gets some sort of relief and peace with the inner self. This would have been a different film with a competent filmmaker at the helm. Another filmmaker might have focused on this very personal story of a mother-son. Unfortunately Agent Kannayiram ends up being an exasperating watch lacking a soul, fittingly, for a film about dead bodies and lonely deaths.(more)
Source: Srivatsan, The Hindu
A one-time watch that is written well and could have been executed in a better manner.
Agent Kannayiram starts off all fun and interesting but loses traction eventually with its mild-slow pace. (more)
Source: Galatta, galatta.com