I saw Endhiran today afternoon. The movie has a passable plot, awesome graphics, and did Rajni rock!
The plot, it seems, was dumbed down to cater to the masses. And whatever some people may say (out of jealousy, of course), it is a good movie. This is not a typical Rajni movie, although the fireworks come out late in the movie. There are no punch dialogues, but many cliches. Typical Shankar.
I can’t accept the ‘Nureal schema’ spelling goofup in the initial scenes though. The ‘mutations’ of the robots towards the end more than make up for any plot issues or goof ups. Indian movie graphics have matured now, and Endhiran is the pinnacle of CGI in the Indian movie industry.
Seeing Rajni in a non-protagonist role after a long time was amazing. I was reminded of his early movies with Kamal as the protagonist. He’d have been the most stylish villain had he not become a hero.
As for the music director, Rahman, what a man. Awesome BGM as always. Suited the theme very well. I thought that Aishwarya looked a lot like Fergie from Black Eyed Peas in the Irumbile oru idhayam number. I liked the way Kilimanjaro was rendered, but the song was unwarranted in the movie and dampened the flow of the movie. Santhanam and Karunas try to evoke laughter, but end up looking like clowns, and are probably baby sitters for Chitti, the robot. Rajni as the robot also has several mokkai dialogues up his sleeve (sounded a lot like my mokkais).
I’d give this movie 3 on 5, purely for Rajni’s acting and Shankar’s imagination. But please, I’d like to see a movie without unnecessary songs and drag-along scenes.