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A suspense thriller that is intelligently structured, Vishal's Thiru directed Samar is an all new experience for Tamil commercial cinema viewers. It is a thriller with the villains playing mind games, something that has not been attempted earlier.

The screenplay and story by S Ramakrishnan and Thiru is intricately plotted with just enough commercial elements. There are just three full songs and a bit which goes with the narrative. The film is racy and there are enough surprising twists and turns in the thriller. The hero concept is also given an all new look, which makes it interesting.


Sakthi (Vishal) is a guy who takes tourists on trekking in deep forest in and around Ooty. He is in love with Roopa (Sunaina), but breaks up with her and later goes on a trip to Bangkok in search of his lady love. Sakthi befriends Maya (Trisha), a mystery woman on the flight who proves to be his saviour in the foreign land. However our hero is caught up in a web of deceit when life become a reality show staged by two deadly guys John(JD Chakravarthy) and Arunachalam (Manoj Bajpai).


The film works largely due to the treatment and screenplay which stresses on moods, anxieties and sheer dread. The tension in the air between the predator (villains) and the prey(Vishal), crackles with energy.


It is technically slick with great camera work by Richard M Nathan in Bangkok and Pudhuchery, and film is racy at 2 hours 15 minutes. The action scenes are superbly choreographed by foreign stuntmen and Vishal chasing John Vijay through narrow alleys and streets of Bangkok is shot stylishly.


Holding the restless plot in place is Vishal's clenched and controlled performance. He underplays and his performance is unfussy, no-nonsense and largely humourless to accentuate the introspective nature of a troubled man. He is convincing with his expressive body and eye language.


Trisha is good as Maya, not the run-of-the-mill role you normally see in commercial cinema. She looks good and has played her part well. Sunaina has hardly anything to do while Manoj Bajpai and JD Chakravarthy are adequate. Music of Yuvan Shankar Raja is nothing much to talk about except 'Azhago Azhagu..' song.


On the downside, it lacks nativity and there is an American television reality show look to the film. Samar isn't what one would rate as great cinema but we assure it has enough zing, visual and thrills to keep you in your seats for its runtime of a little over two hours. A perfect for a night out at the movies.

Verdict: Good


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Samar Movie Review by Sir Voice Poet (Ravi)

 

Starring : Vishal, Trisha, Sunaina, Manoj Bajpayee, J.D.Chakravathy

Direction : Thiru

Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja

Cinematography : Richard M. Nathan

Editing : Rubin

Production : T.Ramesh

 

Samar is the next film of director Thiru and Vishal after Theeradha Vilaiyaatu Pillai. Samar which released on January 15,2013 opened to positive reviews for the making and concept.

 

Storyline

Shakthi (Vishal) comes to Bangkok to see his girlfriend Roopa (Sunaina) there he became friends with Maya (Trisha). But couldn't able to find Roopa some game is happening in Shakthi life and the rest of the story is about how Vishal find the game happening around him who is responsible for that is the rest of the story of Samar is about.

 

 

Performance.

 

Vishal gave a good performance his stunts, expression, acting everything was good he done justice to his role he fits to the role of Shakthi perfectly. Only problem I found in Vishal was sometime when he gets angry it is not that much power as his expression is something weak Vishal have to improve his expression for sure. Trisha got equal screen space like Vishal she gave a convincing performance and also she didn't just come as a glamour heroine in this film. Sunaina nothing to say about her just 2 scene in this film. 

 

 

JD Chakravathy and Manjoj Bhajpayee  undoubtedly this year best comedian of this year  is both of them for sure. Note they didn't act as comedian in this film but their role turn as tragic comedy in this film. Director Thiru didn't use both the great actors properly they have been misplaced for this role for sure instead of JD Chakravathy and Manjoj Bajpayee they could have put some comedians or any other actor in their role so it would be interesting. As whenever JD and Manoj act it looks very unnatural. Nothing to say about other actors as they did a cameo appearance only nothing anything important.

 

 

Analysis  (Positives/ Negatives)

 

Director Thiru comes up with a new concept which has lot of twist and turns  somewhat new to tamil cinema. Especially in the first half hats off to Thiru direction as it is very engaging and it will make us to edge of the seat as screenplay is very engaging for that hats off to director Thiru.  Audience will be in confusion on what will happen next next this is where director scores in the first half actually it is one of the best suspense, twist first half which I ever seen in recent films.  In First Half thiru is like superstar but second half he did the direction, screenplay very differently but the end of the product turn as average in the second half.. Especially fter revealing who is behind the game in the first half slowly Samar going down and down and make little disappointed especially after the 15 minutes of second half Samar  ecoming an very very average film . But still it didn't disappoint that much. If Thiru focus more on the 2nd half means Samar would have been an brilliant mind game film but he missed the opputunity in the Second half.

 

One question to Thiru I have is mostly Samar looks like Hollywood inspiration films and it has some shades in Unknown and hunger games and some other Hollywood films. Like In Hunger games everyone will watch the humans playing the game like that in Samar Manoj and JD will watch every moments of Vishal. No offence on that but it looks like an inspiration as we see these type of films in Hollywood that's why. If Thiru did this mistakenly without knowing it means no issues but if he takes as an inspiration means please give atleast a small credit in the title card or ending credits. Because some of them won't consider it has inspiration they say copy that's why I am saying this. Next time don't take any inspirations from hollywoood.

 

 

Editing is neat cut as rubeen edit the shots perfectly but close up shots could have been edited properly like some of the close up shots didn't sync it out at all in Samar. But whatever it is Ruben has edited Samar nearly the best also he trimmed the film very well. Cinematography is the real screen stealer of Samar as picturization of the songs been osum especially Vellai Mazhai song and showed great techiniques and great visualization.

 

 

 

Songs are just average Yuvan Shankar Raja didn't do his best just listenable songs nothing great. Also they did picturization of each and every songs very well but songs are not needed at all in Samar Thiru could have avoid songs in samar. Some songs in Samar has been misplace especially Vellai Mayil. Background score of Dharan kumar is very ordinary nothing great if Yuvan done the background means it would be amazing I guess.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Whatever flaws we can say in Samar in Thiru direction but he makes the film interesting for that we need to appreciate Thiru for bringing and trying something different in commericial  genre films. Rather than supporting the masala or a mass  movies makers who gave us the same concept each and everytime make us tired on watching the repeated stuff instead we need to appreciate director Thiru. His attempt in Samar is not a failure at all but it is above average his direction and screenplay. He did some experiments in the film so what this is the first time right so mistake happens means happens so is that means he didn't give his best. Thiru gave his best but some place didn't work out in the second half that's the only problem with Samar.  But with the twist and turn, intelligent ideas and thought , Vishal and Trisha performance , Cinemmatogrpahy of Richard Nathan Samar is actually rocking and became an above average product.  Only problem is 2nd half after revealing the villain and suspense film become very dull.  Samar can be watchable movie for different expereicne.

 

 

Verdict : Samar is powerful, brillaint but we strongly need charger in the second half

 

Rating : 6.5/10

 

 



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By the end credits start rolling or at the penultimate sequences to climax, you might feel the trace of a famous Spanish thriller, but revealing them would be a spoiler. However, the similarities end with the plot, for the unexpected turns and twists in second half leaves you in complete amazement. Vishal might have made a wrong choice after Avan Ivan by taking up a commercial film VEDI. Nevertheless, Samar becomes an elevation for this star, which completely comes out of the Commercial Hero image and tries something beyond his usual paradigms. And for Thiru, this young filmmaker made a decorous debut with Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai and now arrives with a completely different film.

10 minutes into the film, Shakthi (Vishal), son of a forest ranger (Azhagam Perumal) is spotted heart-broken as his girlfriend Rupa (Sunaina) calls off their relationship and gets settled down in Bangkok. Three months later, he receives a letter from Rupa along with a flight ticket expressing her desire to meet Shakthi again. On boarding his flight, he meets a beautiful girl Maya (Trisha), who helps him to complete the procedures through the security check points. Bangkok surprises Shakthi in an unannounced manner as he gets through a shock when he is saved by a group of people from gangsters, who trigger their bullets on him. He is furthermore shocked to hear his rescuers identifying him as their boss Shakthi, one of the world's most celebrated entrepreneurs with a bank balance of billion dollars. Unable to deal with the situation, he seeks for the help of Maya, who works as an admin in Hyatt Hotel, Bangkok. Story takes a turn when he is literally discombobulated as he coincidentally comes across Rupa and hears her say; she never wrote any letter inviting him to Bangkok.

Guess what's next? It's a roller-coaster ride of more thrills and suspense elements. Who's Shakthi? Is he really what he is or has a hidden identity? It's not just Shakthi, who starts doubting everyone around him, but the audience as well.

Revealing more than this would be an ultimate spoiler and we suggest you to go experience the most scintillating thriller all by yourself.

As mentioned earlier, it's a daring attempt by Vishal as we see him completely moving out of mass image and taking up a film that is dominated by script. Well, before few days, it was Vijay surprising us with a change in dimension and now it's Vishal. With these mass heroes taking a new route, we can expect more and more unique films coming on its way to screens in Kodambakkam. Vishal as a perplexed individual, who doesn't have any clue on what's happening has done a fantastic job. A suspense-thriller would usually have its protagonist found feeble throughout the script until a point and Thiru has thoroughly followed this principle. Be the opening sequence, where he emotes over the break-up of Sunaina and his yearning moments for her in Bangkok, it gains our sympathy. We would say, Trisha has never done such a challenging role before and she can expect her name listed for Best Actress category in many award ceremonies. Kudos to the actress for taking up a different role that stays far away great from her previous movies. Sunaina doesn't get more footage, but tries to remain at her best. JD Chakravarthy and Manoj Bajpayee (who can forget their awe-inspiring performance in Ram Gopal Varma's Sathya?) give an enthralling performance appearing in post-intermission sequences. Sampath, Jayaprakash and Sriman do not have more than 10 minutes in the screen, but showcase their best efforts into their roles.

Filmmaker Thiru is the showstopper here for he has penned a gripping screenplay that keeps the audience intact from beginning till end. He doesn't set separate space for songs, romance and action, but everything is tightly chained with the screenplay. Yuvan Shankar Raja's Azhago Azhagu is a pleasant experience for the colourful visuals and tunes and background score is pretty laudable. The action sequences are the other highlighting flash points in the film.

On the whole, Samar is a spellbinding taut thriller that shouldn't be a miss for audience, especially for the ones constantly looking out for a Hollywood-styled thriller.

Verdict: Samar ' undoubtedly, the winner of Pongal race.

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Dir thiru has come up with an intresting plot a thirller. but some how down the lane it lacks the punch due to slow pace of screenplay. The camera work by richard nathan is eyecatching. The costume by vasuki baskar is clean n neat for the all the characters. Music by yuavn is ok. The back ground score by daran is ok. The rest of technical team Kanal Kannan stunts should have been better since it has got the scope to perform & choreography by Shoby, Gayathri Raghuam is ok nothing much too say.
Coming to the main lead roles
Vishal : actually during the press meet he confessed that this story was initally written for Arya and he grabed it. This was a good choice by vishal. If most of them like vishal then credit should go to the dir. Vishal fits the bill perfectly as a guide.
Trisha: has good screen pressence and looks too good. Performance wise she has done her bit as it has various shades from playing d lady love and some negative shades.
The chemistry between vishal and Trisha has worked out well.
Sunaina sadly has got very litle to play.
Coming to the main baddies
Manoj vajpayee and JD Chakravathy they are gud but could have done more it feels they have not been utilized to their potentials. having said that its the directors call. Good to see them after a long gap

Overall Samar is Watchable.
Go watch with no expectations you will not be disappointed.

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Samar - Vishal's latest offering, just rocks! There's a saying, "Life is a game!" But what if the game is played by others? Shakthi (Vishal), a trekker and a forest guide in Ooty, is a man in love with nature! His love for the flora and fauna overshadows his love for Roopa (Sunaina), who breaks up with him! Roopa leaves for Bangkok after the break up, and Shakthi returns to his normal life! One fine day, Shakthi finds a letter for him from Roopa, with a letter and a flight ticket, asking him to come to Bangkok! Shakthi meets Maya (Trisha) at the airport, and she helps him reach Bangkok! Maya proves to be a major help to Shakthi, even after he reaches Bangkok! Shakthi's wait for Roopa to turn up, becomes futile! Suddenly, Shakthi's life takes an unexpected turn! He is hunted by a gang! Saved by another gang! Told that he is a multi-millionaire! Has attempts made on his life! Life just becomes a series of completely unexpected twists and turns for Shakthi, and his only source of support is Maya! Shakthi doesn't know whom to believe, what is real, and what is not! What do J.D. Chakravarthy and Manoj Bajpai have to do with all that is happening around Vishal? Watch the movie to find out!

The lush green locales and beauty of nature, the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and Pattaya, and the gripping happenings of the tale, keep the viewers glued to their seats! Richard M. Nathan has captured the best of all locations with his camera! Yuvan's music and background score are in tune with the pace of the movie! The 'Poikkaal Kudhirai', and 'Azhago Azhagu' songs were already chartbusters, and the visuals only reinforce their position! Director Thiru, who has also penned the story and screenplay, has done a wonderful job! The plot has a number of twists and turns, and even at the half-way stage, the viewers are kept guessing what would happen next! Sampath, Jaiprakash, John Vijay and Srimaan just breeze through their roles! Though J.D. Chakravarthy and Manoj Bajpai seem a little under-utilized, their presence ups the ante in Samar! The entry of this duo, makes for some compelling viewing! Sunaina, though having just a few scenes, impresses! Trisha looks fabulous, and as young as ever! She plays a vital role in the movie, and has carried her role with ease! Vishal is at home in the emotional and action sequences! 

If you want to spice up your Pongal with a racy, suspense filled ride, Samar is just the movie for you!


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Almost every reviews are postive most of them says it is one of the best suspense, twist film.. 

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Anyone watch Samar yet? 
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some people might already watch it but due to many movies reelasing no one didn't watch samar i guess.. LOL


i will watching next saturday only.

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