Lakshyam (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


It’s quite easy to see how this material might have struck the makers as possible thriller fabric, and yet it is the writing that renders the tale flaccid. It hardly retains the intrigue that it cooks up after a while, and very languidly settles into a conservative groove, from where it shows no intention to rise up again.


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With ‘Lakshyam’, Anzar Khan makes his directorial debut in a film that is consistently bogged down by a leaden script. Packed with loads of irksome material that has already been doled out in numerous other thrillers, ‘Lakshyam’ despite its title comes across as a film that is sans a definitive rationale.

Musthafa (Biju Menon) and Vimal (Indrajith) are two convicts who find themselves on the run, after a freak accident that befalls their conveyance vehicle leaves them all free. Left alone in the forest, the duo realizes that they are possibly as different from one another as two men could possibly be, and the handcuff that binds them together is all that they have in common.

Lakshyam-Review-VeeyenThere are two tales that need to be told, and neither of the flashbacks have anything that is exhilarating, and ‘Lakshyam’ trudges along until the midway point where a stunner moment lies in store. Beyond that, the film rolls back to where it started off and the dramatics keep vacillating between the mundane and the slightly enterprising, but mostly sticking to the former.

There is the climax that is expected to be much better than anything that has preceded it, and yet the denouement of the film turns out to be lackluster, not managing to salvage it off the banal debris that had covered it up by then.  It just about scrapes through with a whimper, and matches up to the rest of the film in tone and tenor.

It’s one of those movies where you expect the jungle that forms the backdrop of the film to develop a life of its own, but in ‘Lakshyam’ the focus is too much on the possible factors that could lead to some excitement. The outcome is that at times the obviously deliberate setting even appears a liability to the film.

Lakshyam-Review-VeeyenThis is the second consecutive writing misfire from Jeethu Joseph, who follows up the ‘Oozham’ debacle in ‘Lakshyam’ as well. While the vision in both the films comes across as middling, it is the downright obviousness that kills the spirit in ‘Lakshyam’. Barring a few exhilarating moments here or there, very little in the script makes ‘Lakshyam’ feel like a stirring ride.

It’s quite easy to see how this material might have struck the makers as possible thriller fabric, and yet it is the writing that renders the tale flaccid. It hardly retains the intrigue that it cooks up after a while, and very languidly settles into a conservative groove, from where it shows no intention to rise up again.

Biju Menon appears as committed to the role as much as he possibly could be, while Indrajith makes do with a sober demeanor that looks slightly off pitch on a moment or two at least. Shivada proves yet again that she is an actress to look up to, and Kishor Satya excels in a cop role that fits him to the ‘T’. There are a few remarkable frames captured on cam by Sinu Sidharth, and Anil Johnson’s musical score is quite agreeable.

Anzar Khan does show sparks of a promising film maker in ‘Lakshyam’, despite his debut film never fully exploring the fabulous potentials of its theme. And the film itself strikes us as an impassive and frigid portrait of two convicts –a work of possibly tremendous ambition that however leaves you hardly involved!


Verdict: Strictly Average


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