Singam 3, as the name indicates, is the third successful sequel flick and there is no need to question the power of the hero, right?
Doubt not, in Singam 3 aka SI3, actor Suriya takes you through a mass-pleasing and racy ride, coupled with thrilling action sequences, but yes, for a little lengthy two-and-a-half hours.
Director Hari makes no surprise moves to hide his hero and Durai Singam is on screen again, packing a powerful punch, thrashing goons in Visakhapatnam at the very beginning of the plot.
The super cop continues to be the same – he's so ideal. In Singam 3, the DCP is on the prowl for baddies as he investigates the death of a police commissioner.
The mighty local goon, Reddy (Sharat Saxena), is in full control of Visakhapatnam. One better not speak against the villain who has in his control the ministers, the police and top bureaucrats. But Durai Singam pays no heed and is straight on his road of action.
Having his way through Reddy is easy for Durai. It is towards the interval the officer realizes that there is a super-technical brain Vittal (Thakur Anoop Singh), a leading iron exporter based in Australia, taming Reddy down in Vizag. At this point, the action sequel takes a shift in its setting to Australia to hunt down Vittal. The newly entered baddie is not easy at all. His missions, like dumping medical and electronic waste in India, are so destructive and unfold on an international scale.
An ideal hero, Durai is portrayed as a true patriot. 'I'm an Indian police officer', is a dialogue to which he often clings. Love for the state and love for the nation is an apparent theme. (Pause and recall Shah Rukh Khan's hockey coach from Chak De India). “Don't you even feel ashamed to speak low of the country at a time when even schoolkids are responsibly keeping chocolate wrappers in their pockets to dispose them back home,” are dialogues only Durai can hoist with style.
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And one by one, the villains are dealt with, in uproarious Singam style. Whether it be the local Reddy or a global Vittal, they all get the special treatment from Singam, the mass hero. It is with enormous power and might that Durai takes a highly influential Reddy, who doesn't mind shuffling around police officials of the state, to the prison.
Respect to women is on Singam's top priority list and there is no compromise for even pointing fingers at a woman.
Playing to the gallery, director Hari successfully manages to make Durai react and fight all injustice. Believe us, it is hard to pen down the thrilling action sequels Durai has attempted. Suriya is fit and flawless in fights that come and go any moment. Anushka Shetty as Kavya Durai Singam has a very limited screen space, and she is always in support of her valiant husband.
Shruti Haasan as journalist Vidhya sadly cannot be credited for any meaningful performance. Thakur Anoop Singh is perfect on muscles but the clap goes to Suriya, especially for the fight sequels toward the climax.
Question not the logical elements, you can enjoy and may be even whistle as Durai unwinds and untangles all the barriers in front of him. Whether it be hacking servers crossing the seas, sensing an approaching bullet, driving a trailer or shooting at someone inside a vehicle miles away from him - if you are a hard core Durai fan, you will not be disappointed.
Songs by Harris Jayaraj merely fit into the plot. The supposedly peppy Wi 'Wi Wi Wi Wifi' song featuring Shruti and Suriya may be an eye candy, but one can't help but take notice that the track is so similar to 'Kannum Kannum Nokkiyal' from Anniyan, which also had Harris as the music director.
A spotless Durai, fighting larger crimes in an international locale, hunting down a tough villain forms the crux of the movie. Go ahead, watch DCP Durai Singam in all power, if you are ready to spend 2-and-a-half hours keeping logic and reason at bay. After the movie, just one question remains - when will we get to see Kutty Singam?
Onmanorama rating: 3 out of 5