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REVIEW: Sivi 2 – Indian Link

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Director Senthil Nathan’s ‘Sivi 2’ is a reasonably well-made Tamil horror flick that manages to grab your attention and hold it until the very end.

IN ONE LOOK

  • Director: KR Senthil Nathan
  • Cast: Yogi, Tej, Swathi, Chaams and Dhadi Balaji
  • Rating: ***1/2

The second film in the ‘Sivi’ franchise, like the first installment, is true to the horror genre. It does not attempt to infuse elements of comedy, romance or drama as is the case with many other Tamil films. As a result, you get an intense story that keeps you going.

The first film in the “Sivi” franchise, released in 2007, then aroused some interest among the public. The film has been highlighted for its plot in which the protagonist, who suffers from severe neck pain, frantically searches for a spirit everywhere.

Eventually it is revealed to viewers that the spirit he was looking for was sitting on his shoulders the whole time and that is why he was in pain! Now, after almost 15 years, the same director is back with a second film in the franchise.

It opens with the parents of a group of young people who file a missing person complaint with the cops. The police begin their search for approximately eight to ten of these young people who have disappeared.

Using GPS, they track the signal from the youths’ cellphones and reach a long abandoned hospital sealed off by the government. They scan the clean place, but are unable to find any leads and return with some electronics.

The cops hand over the electronics they found to Khalifa (Chaams), an expert, asking him to unlock the cell phones and find clues that could lead them to the missing youths.

Khalifa starts opening every mobile and finds videos of what really happened. The videos show Krish (Tej), a selfish, money-minded YouTuber, making a deal with two of the missing boys, promising them a large sum if they can carry out a mission in a building believed to be haunted.

Krish tells the boys to form a team of youngsters to explore the haunted place. Their exploration of the place will be broadcast live, he says and adds that the views they get will earn them a fortune. He promises the boys and their friends a 10% share of the proceeds. What happens when the boys and their friends enter the abandoned hospital is what “Sivi 2” is all about.

The movie is a neat horror flick with a solid script as its backbone. Unlike some other movies which depend more on scary graphics or sounds or loud noises to induce fear, ‘Sivi 2’ solely depends on the merit of its plot to induce chills. You feel your heartbeat quicken as the film progresses.

There are phases where the intensity of the plot drops but these are short-lived. The story picks up speed in the second half and ends in style.

It’s comedian Chaams who delivers a killer performance as the film’s technical expert. Director Senthil Nathan introduces a whole new side to Chaams, giving him a serious role. The man is just perfect for the role. Serious, observant and curious, he delivers a performance that lifts the film.

Tej, who plays Krish, also delivers an impressive performance. He seems comfortable in the role and plays his role with conviction.

The film has good background music by Faizal. BL Sanjay’s visuals, in some parts, reinforce the element of fear.

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