Story: Three cousins and their best friend leave for a road trip, hoping for one final hurrah before one of them gets married. Their path crosses with that of two girls who are on a getaway of their own. Their plans are derailed after a suspicious death. Who was the killer and why forms the plot.
Review: Director Kannan Thamarakulam’s previous two films – Thinkal Muthal Velli Verrey and Aadupuliyattam – had the director attempting two different genres, a family drama and a horror-comedy, albeit without much success. For his latest outing Achayans, the filmmaker has picked a thriller as the genre and roped in a talented ensemble cast featuring Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Amala Paul and Unni Mukundan.
A particular instance of jolly living causes Tony to miss his own wedding, after having passed out drunk. This forces the gang to check in to a rehab centre but their antics soon have them kicked out. This leaves them 12 days before Tony’s next wedding date to get their act together. What do they do? They plan to party hard!
The first half of the script is filled with clichés that you would expect from a flick that shows that protagonists are here to have fun. Booze and revelry being the key ingredients along with some comedy.
The lackluster script is somewhat salvaged in the second half when the investigation starts under Prakash Raj’s character. While the mode of investigation lacks logic, Prakash Raj comes up with a saving performance.
Jayaram, Unni and Anu Sithara do their bit from what is offered to them in the script. But there’s nothing much to rave about. Amala plays her tomboyish character well.
The music and songs of the movie are jarring and don’t add anything to the film. The cinematography too is insipid at best. The movie could have been chopped by a good 15 mins, instead of floating multiple murder theories.
Overall, Achayans is a film that requires some patience to watch and doesn’t quite qualify as an entertainer.