Ayalaan Movie Review – Sivakarthikeyan-Alien’s adventure ride delivers in this sci-fi thriller

Ayalaan” a Tamil sci-fi adventure movie directed by Ravikumar.R featuring Sivakarthikeyan, Alien, and Rakul Preet Singh in lead roles, supported by Isha Koppikar, Sharad Kelkar, and others. An alien has to team up with a good-hearted young man to stop a ruthless industrialist, whose project might lead to the destruction of the planet.

Ayalaan Movie Plot Summary:
In Indru Netru Naalai, director Ravikumar gave a local flavour to the high-concept of time travel. In Ayalaan, too, he does the same… taking a sci-fi premise about alien on Earth and presenting it as a distinctly Tamil movie. We get the Tamil cinema must-haves – hero introduction song, romance, a couple of comedians as the hero’s sidekicks, a corporate villain, played by an actor from the north (here, it’s Sharad Kelkar), a pinch of mother sentiment and even messages about organic farming.

Ayalaan Characterization:
The last bit was a staple of big-hero films from 2015-20, the period in which this film was under production, and has gone out of fashion of late, but surprisingly, it doesn’t feel dated or forced here, given that the core theme is all about saving the planet.

It is the twists that Ravikumar gives to concepts that we have seen in several Hollywood films – superpowers, UFOs, extra-terrestrials, powerful robots, femme fatales, large-scale destruction – that makes Ayalaan an entertainer for all ages. In the first half, he uses the alien, called Tattoo, like a cute cartoon character, generating wonder and humour, thereby appealing to kids and the kids within adults.

Ayalaan Music & Visual Review:
The film promises a visual treat, complemented by A.R. Rahman’s impactful background score and Nirav Shah’s captivating cinematography. Ruben’s editing and lyrically rich songs by Vivek and Madhan Karky further enhance the experience. Anbariv and Gn Murugan’s action sequences complete the cinematic package.

Ayalaan Movie Verdict:
The scene transitions doesn’t happen in a smooth manner, the villain doesn’t seem deadly enough, and some of the moments in the second half, like a chase on a highway (even AR Rahman’s score is generic here) and the climax, could have done with a bit more punch. But right when things seem to be getting a bit underwhelming, we get moments that are pretty exciting to longer too much on the things that don’t work.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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