118 Movie Review

Release date : March 01, 2019
Starring : Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Nivetha Thomas, Shalini Pandey and others
Director : K. V. Guhan
Producers : Mahesh koneru
Music Director : Sekhar Chandra
Rating : 3/5

Kalyan Ram has pinned a lot of hopes on ‘118’ as the film created a decent buzz with its interesting trailers. The suspense thriller is directed by Guhan and has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.

Story:


Gautam(Kalyan Ram) is a journalist who keeps getting weird dreams about a girl(Nivetha Thomas) getting killed. After a point in time, situations related to that dream keep happening in his real life as well with a connection to the number 118. Left with no choice, he decides to investigate the case himself along with his friend(Prabhas Sreenu) and finance(Shalini Pandey). Who is this girl? What does she have to do with Gautam? Is there a back story to this 118? To know the answers, we need to watch the film on the big screen.

Performances:


Kalyan Ram who is known for doing commercial potboilers has done away with regular masala elements and went with the flow of the character. His performance is decent. Nivetha gets very less screen time, but she did well within her space. Shalini Pandey doesn't get much to do except for hanging around Kalyan Ram. Rest of the actors are pretty standard.

Plus Points:

Engaging first half
Mystery element
Screenplay

Minus Points:

Regular flashback
Predictable ending

Technical Aspects :

Production values by Mahesh S Koneru are top notch. The film looks rich in every frame and gives you that authentic feel of a good thriller. Special mention to the camera work as the film has been showcased in a very good manner. The montage shots, scenes covering various cities and the resort setup look realistic.

Music by Shekhar Chandra is decent but his background score was even better. Dialogues by Mirchi Kiran are apt and suit the mood of the film. Kalyan Ram has been styled quite well in the film. Coming to the director Guhan, he has done a good job with the film. He chooses a simple story but has executed it nicely with a gripping screenplay. The manner in which he unleashes all the loopholes in the thriller looks good in the first half and sets up a good tone for the later part.

His detailing for small and minute properties which are attached to the story have been written an executed well. He carries the momentum in the second half but things get bogged down with a predictable flashback which should have been made crisp to make it more interesting for the audience.

Verdict :

On the whole, 118 is a simple and neat thriller which has been made with no unnecessary deviations. It has decent moments in both the halves and the suspense is carried out neatly. But the flashback in the second half slows down things a bit and is predictable. Barring this, the film has a classy feel and will surely attract the A center and multiplex audience. Box office wise, we need to see how the film works but Kalyan Ram has ensured that his attempt at doing a different film has surely worked with 118. Go watch it.
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