Cast: Tovino Thomas, Lal, Narain, Asif Ali, Indrans, Kunchako Boban, Aparna Balamurali, Tanvi Ram and others.
Director: Jude Anthony Joseph
Produced By: Venu Kunnappilly, CK Padma Kumar and Anto Joseph
Release Date: 26th May 2023
The recently released Malayalam Movie 2018, starring Tovino Thomas in the lead role, has become an industry hit at the box office and received a high amount of applause. The Telugu version of the movie has been released today. Have a look at our review to know how the film is.
Story: Anup (Tovino Thomas), is a former soldier, who fears death and leaves the military. He is mocked by the people in his village. Mathachan (Lal) and her son Winston (Narain) earn their livelihood from fishing, while Koshy (Aju Varghese) drives a taxi for tourists. Ramesh (Vineeth Srinivasan), an IT employee in Dubai, faces relationship issues with his wife in India, and Sethupathi (Kalayirasan) from Tamil Nadu agrees to transport explosives to Kerala as a truck driver. How the Kerala floods have an impact on the lives of these people? How were they able to survive that catastrophe? Answers to these questions form the rest of the story.
Analysis: Only a few movies can involve the audience in the movie completely and get them to travel with the characters, and “2018” is one of them. The story is simple, with no major twists and turns, but what makes it brilliant are its well-designed narrative and heartfelt emotions. Director Jude Anthony Joseph was successful in making the 2018 Movie a heartwarming journey. Though the proceedings take a bit of time to start, then after the screenplay never had a dull moment. The best thing about this film is at a point of time, we forget that we are watching a movie and want to save the people who are in danger because of the floods. We cheer if someone wins in the battle of survival. We feel sad if someone succumbs to the devastation the floods have created. Finally, we salute the heroes who saved many lives during the floods of Kerala, both on and off-screen.
It is not like the movie does not have any flaws. Few characters are not explored the way they had to. Also, few characters’ behavior appears a bit staged, but all these points are made forgotten with an engaging screenplay and deeply effectual emotions.
Performances: Tovino Thomas was simply superb in the character of Anup. His acting was effortless and flawless. The way his character turns from an ordinary man to a superhero is commendable. Asif Ali also gets a nice character and his performance was believable. Lal, Indrans, and Narain were natural. Kunchako Boban, Tanvi Ram, Kalayirasan and Vineeth Sreenivasan made their presence felt. Aparna Balamurali’s character did not have much importance.
- Emotional Scenes
- Camera Work and VFX
- Sound Mixing and Background Score
- Initial half an hour
- Few lost/unused characters
Verdict: Overall, “2018” is a film that deserves the respect for its strong impact on the audience. The movie induces emotions and provides a thrilling experience at the same time. The excellent performances of Tovino Thomas, Lal and Narain, brilliant music and cinematography are the highlights of the movie. Except for a few unnecessary scenes, the film consists of many striking moments that will plunge into the audience’s emotions. Without any doubt, this is a worth watchable flick.