Written, produced and directed by actor Bala, that’s the main attraction of the movie The Hitlist. Well in other words we can say that Bala completed his wish of portraying a over the top heroism character by punishing the audience. The hit list is a movie that doesn’t offer anything for the audience to cheer about and ends up in being a pathetic one man show. Made on the loose and typical thread of crime thrillers, The Hit list is a waste of time and test of patience.
The movie revolves around the investigation of an undercover police officer to find a serial killer who is hunting down police officers. The intend of the killer, his past, the attitude of the police officer, how he finds the killer, the casualties, the deaths and many other cliché items are the soul of this soul less movie.
The movie’s plot doesn’t really have a base to attract the audience as its basic thread is very familiar to us through movies like Kakka Kakka and Vettayadu Vilayadu. Bala bizarrely tries to entertain the audience with the kind of entertainment that people howl at these days. The elements included in the screenplay to give it some emotional strength were quite outdated and while the characters cried on screen, the audience fell asleep. Bala has tried to copy the directional style of Amal Neerad and Diphan with whom he is closely associated as an actor. Lack of freshness and less intense reasoning makes this movie a disaster.
On screen, Bala is just about satisfying as the leading protagonist. Aishwarya Devan is limited to a single emotion. Thalaivasal Vijay is comfortable in his role. New face Dhruv impresses with a decent on screen performance. Narain, Samudrakkani, Krishna and Unni Mukundan are there for roles that last for a few minutes. Suresh Krishna, Riyas Khan and Sreejith Ravi are also there to enhance the star cast in the titles.
In the making, as I mentioned earlier Bala isn’t unique enough to bring in a new style. Straight forward narration of the script with familiar structuring is really annoying. The director fails to conceive all emotions correctly and gets tangled on quite a lot of situations. The dialogs aren’t cool and they are boringly predictable. The only thing that worked for me in this movie is Madhu Neelakandan’s cinematography. Even though it had an Amal Neerad feel to it, it was quite catchy. Edits are ok and the BGM is utter bore.
On the whole, The Hit list is an amateur craft from actor/director Bala. Go and watch it only if you are the biggest well wisher of Bala. I am giving 1.5/5 for this nonsense.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended