Jayam Ravi and Nayanthara, who previously delivered an enthralling thriller in Thani Oruvan, have sparked significant anticipation for their latest collaboration, GOD. The movie had already premiered in Tamil under the title "Iraivan" a couple of weeks ago. Now, let's delve into what GOD has in store for movie enthusiasts. Additionally, it's worth noting that the film's OTT rights have been secured by Netflix, with streaming details set to be announced at a later date.
The plot of GOD revolves around the chilling tale of a psychopathic killer running amok in the city, instilling fear in the hearts of its residents. The central question is whether the dedicated police force can apprehend this murderer before more lives are taken. Arjun (Jayam Ravi) and Andrew (Narain), both resolute cops with strong camaraderie, lead content lives until tragedy strikes in the form of the enigmatic Bramma (Rahul Bose).
This unexpected turn of events profoundly impacts not only the officers but also innocent civilians, weaving a complex web of connections that link the gruesome murders of young women, including Andrew's wife Jasmine (Vijayalakshmi), their daughter Sophia, and Andrew's sister Priya (Nayanthara), into the fabric of the unfolding narrative.
Jayam Ravi delivered a commendable performance in his role as a resolute and unyielding police officer. His portrayal showcased strong body language and adept emotive skills, captivating the audience with his on-screen presence. Rahul Bose, though given limited screen time, effectively instilled fear in the minds of viewers, leaving a memorable impact. Similarly, Vinod Kishan also made the most of his limited role, adding to the tension and intrigue of the narrative. Narain's portrayal as the other police officer was noteworthy, contributing to the ensemble cast's quality.
On the other hand, Nayanthara played the quintessential girlfriend character who remained oblivious to the challenges and turmoil in Jayam Ravi's life, effectively executing her role within the confines of the character's archetype.
In GOD, director I. Ahmed attempts to craft a psycho-thriller narrative that revolves around the complex dynamic between a hero and a villain who both believe themselves to be almighty. However, beyond this intriguing premise, the film falls short on several fronts. The storyline is disappointingly straightforward, devoid of the unexpected twists and turns that keep audiences engaged. It fails to establish an emotional connection with the viewers, opting instead to rely on graphic violence as a means of shock, which ultimately proves ineffective.
While the screenplay shows promise to a certain extent, the conflicting ideologies and thought processes of the protagonist and antagonist come across as incredibly implausible. The investigation and resolution of the case appear predictable, and numerous scenes defy logic. The film's portrayal of senior figures granting Jayam Ravi unwarranted authority and taking orders from him raises eyebrows.
The movie commences on an intriguing note but rapidly loses steam, with forced fight sequences contributing to a decline in interest. Rather than emphasizing the threat of the psycho killer at large, the director shifts the focus towards a personal vendetta between the cop and the antagonist, detracting from the central plot. Regrettably, the storyline bears a resemblance to previous films and fails to introduce anything novel. The dialogues, while passable, don't leave a lasting impact.
Hari K. Vendantam's cinematography stands out as a highlight, enhancing the narrative's seriousness. Yuvan Shankar Raja's background music is serviceable but fails to leave a lasting impression. The editing by Manikanda Balaji could have been more polished. Production values, on the other hand, meet the expected standards.
Altogether, GOD disappoints as it turns out to be a heartless and soulless thriller. Director Ahmed missed the opportunity to bring out the best in Jayam Ravi and Nayanthara by failing to create powerful, engaging characters. Instead, the film overly fixated on showcasing the brutality of the murders on the big screen. This approach to glorification and sensationalization ultimately backfired, as the film's plot lacked originality, and the screenplay and direction seemed aimless. Taking all these aspects into account, Cinejosh gives GOD a rating of 1.5.