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Last Updated Wednesday December 13 2017 06:56 AM IST

Lakshyam movie review: aiming for the 'closest' target

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Scripted by acclaimed director Jeethu Joseph, Lakshyam - the directorial debut of Anzar Khan starring Indrajith Sukumaran and Biju Menon in lead roles - is a thriller movie with elements of human emotions carefully weaved in.

Set amid lush dark greens, the movie brings us the story of two convicts Musthafa (Biju Menon) and Vimal Kumar (Indrajith). A road accident en route to Ernakulam jail opens up their last chance at escaping. They have evaded the cops, but now, freedom can be attained only by crossing the dark forest.

Vimal, an IT-professional, is a murder convict, while Musthafa is a known face to the police. Bound by a handcuff, they have no option but to help each other.

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The movie takes a twist when Vimal asks Musthafa to help him find the real culprit. Although hesitant initially, Musthafa later joins him but on one condition.

Can the two reach their goal? Well, it's difficult as the interval hints that Vimal is on the wrong path and could be in danger too. Escaping from cops, evading wild animals, surviving hunger and even attending nature's call – Musthafa and Vimal have to fight many battles.

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The first half is neatly crafted and the movie breaks for interval with a carefully laden punch. But monotonous sequences drag down the second half and the viewers can easily predict the plot. This is the first time that Jeethu Joseph is wielding the pen for another director, and he does an okay job with it. If you were expecting an adrenaline rush of the Dhrishyam-days, you could be disappointed.

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Indrajith, who is back on screen for a commercial movie after a long hiatus, has done justice to his role. Biju Menon effortlessly fits in as Musthafa and his comical timing seems to be getting better with each movie. Shivada, who plays the love interest of Indrajith, also graces the screen, but she has nothing much to offer.

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The two-hour plot is a traverse through the wilderness of nature and through human emotions. Wildlife and the green have been etched beautifully on screen and the credit goes to cinematographer Sinu Sidharth. The song Kaattu vannuvo by Vijay Yesudas also impressive.

Indrajith's 'Lakshyam' will not disappoint you. Give it a shot.

Rating: 3

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