An strange man trapped in a unprecedented state of affairs. Jiyen Krishnakumar’s Run Baby Run, starring RJ Balaji, expands this one-line so successfully in its first half.
When Sathya (performed by Balaji), an upper-middle-class financial institution worker, returns to his automotive after buying a present for his fiancée, he finds a girl hiding below the again seat. That occasion, that day, that lady upend his life eternally. He realises, some time after, that the girl is in hassle however is hesitant to assist.
He isn’t a hero; he’s simply one other man wanting to steer a standard life. But he’s additionally a person with a conscience. When this mysterious lady tells him she could be killed if he doesn’t shelter her, he reluctantly agrees to assist. He continues to be terribly nervous but additionally doesn’t need any blood on his palms. All of this makes Sathya an instantly relatable protagonist.
Jiyen, who has written and directed the movie, efficiently manages to lure us in direction of the sting of our seats. He creates a sombre temper with the assistance of S Yuva’s low-key, darkish cinematography and Sam CS’s ominous rating. The writing is extra visible than verbal. Some of the photographs — just like the finger of a lifeless lady peeking out of a journey bag — evoke an eerie vibe. The writing is clear, too. Jiyen doesn’t get tempted to present Balaji a one-liner, which might have killed the temper of the movie.
Run Baby Run
Direction: Jiyen Krishnakumar
Cast: RJ Balaji, Aishwarya Rajesh, Radhika Sarathkumar, Isha Talwar, and extra
Runtime: 2 hr 11 min
Balaji himself has accomplished one thing he hasn’t earlier than: play a completely severe position. He tried a restrained efficiency in his earlier movie, Veetla Vishesham, as nicely. But that was a comedy-drama with a strong supporting forged in Sathyaraj, Urvashi, Aparna Balamurali, and KPAC Lalitha. This movie nearly solely rests on Balaji’s shoulders (regardless of Aishwarya Rajesh’s cameo). Kudos to him for difficult himself to do one thing totally different and forsaking his forte. But his efficiency wants extra sandpapering. Sometimes he seems too stone-faced and there are events the place he overacts.
The writing and the path, nevertheless, masks the restrictions in his efficiency within the first half. And, we get an incredible setup, whereby the protagonist, who has been involuntarily concerned within the loss of life of two folks, receives a menace from a faceless, seemingly highly effective antagonist.
But the movie begins to plummet within the second half. Things get extra verbal and hurried however much less thrilling. The so-far relatable protagonist turns into a hero, who fights folks (the motion sequence, albeit practical, appears pointless) and battles for a much bigger trigger. He just isn’t on a run to save lots of himself anymore; he’s operating to catch the unhealthy guys. It is ok if the thus-far protagonist turns right into a hero however the true subject is that this transformation arc is unconvincing. The investigation scenes are devoid of suspense. And the large reveal, ultimately, fizzles out like a half-damp firecracker.
If solely the writing was constant within the second half, if solely Aishwarya Rajesh’s character was fleshed out just a little extra, and if solely there was a well-established antagonist, we might have gotten a significantly better movie than we did. In the tip, we’re left with these ‘if onlys’.
‘Run Baby Run’ is operating in theatres