Looking at the way Boomerang has been written, it is very evident that Manu Sudhakaran has not tried to understand the change that happened in Malayalam cinema in the last decade. Manu, whose first movie was released back in 2013, is still stuck in the cinematic sensibilities of those days, and his new movie Boomerang is yet another example of taking the audience for granted. With writer Krishnadas Panki thinking any crude joke will fit into the screenplay, Boomerang is that movie you will finish on OTT in just 20 minutes.
Four men, Kuriakose, Jayadevan, Rony, and Jerry, are the main characters in this movie. Kuriakose is a womanizer with a sound financial backdrop. Jayadevan is an SI with certain acting aspirations. Rony is one casanova who is always horny, and Jerry is this young lad who still hasn’t opened his heart to his college crush. The movie Boomerang talks about that one day when a girl named Honey traps them in Kuriakose’s flat. Who is Honey and why she is doing all this is what we figure out at the end of Boomerang.
The basic premise of this comedy thriller is three men trapped in a flat, not knowing who trapped them. In the hands of a good writer, a concept like this will develop properly by exploring these characters in-depth. But in Manu Sudhakaran’s way of filmmaking, they are just stuffing the movie with useless jokes and sleazy humor to have some footage that can be called the movie’s first half. In the second half, where we anticipate some sense in the story by revealing who Honey really is, we get this cliched revenge story with a message. When you hear that advice from these makers after they used sleazy humor as a tool to entertain the viewer, you will automatically facepalm.
Baiju Santhosh plays the role of the womanizer Kuriakose in his typical way. Chemban Vinod Jose, as the clueless SI Jayadevan, was okay in a part that demanded pretty much nothing from him. Dain Davis plays the role of a hopeless romantic. With his typical eccentricity, Shine Tom Chacko was a perfect choice as that unlikable character. Samyuktha plays the role of Honey, who is holding these men captive in a flat. Considering the shoddiness with which she performed a dominant character in Kalki, I would say this was a much better performance.
The entire first half of the movie has them introducing each of the characters in stretched-out scenes. Manu Sudhakaran seems to have lost judgment on what scenes will work, and that’s a sad state for a long-time associate of Shaji Kailas. The second half convolutions and the climax back story are outdated ideas for an audience anticipating 5G connectivity shortly. The editor seems to have tried something with the narrative structure, but it looked highly mediocre. The music was really forgettable.
The movie was in the news during the promotions because the makers had commented against Samyuktha for not showing up. Well, I guess she might have understood how the movie had shaped up when she saw it during the dubbing. Instead of creating something novel, they just added shady jokes into an unimaginative story that feels highly dated.
Instead of creating something novel, they just added shady jokes into an unimaginative story that feels highly dated.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended