Director AR Murugadoss, the man with an extraordinary box-office track record, teams up with Prince Mahesh Babu for the very first time. Though nearly all AR Murugadoss films have either been dubbed or remade in Telugu, Spyder happens to be just his 2nd straight Telugu flick. The expectations that Spyder entices is massive and has the film satisfied its targeted audience or not? Read further to know more:
Mahesh Babu plays an Intelligence Bureau officer who goes against the government norms to protect people from harm's way. How one failure leads him to a menacing psychopath serial killer, and how he encounters him is Spyder all about. Though it looks fairly straightforward, the way it is narrated makes it look complex and dynamic.
The movie wastes no time to get going, as it grabs the attention of the crowd from the very word go. The narration doesn’t look to stagnate one bit, as the director keeps throwing in enough surprises one after another which is also layered with some riveting and pulsating action sequences for the audience to consume. But towards the end, it gets a little boring.
With good performances and a brisk screenplay, this movie offers solid, no-frills drama that not contrived though it deals with a larger than life subject. That is where AR Murugadoss stamps his class. Not many could execute an intense subject as commercial as him.
AR Murugadoss has manoeuvred his resources with utmost perfection creating both suspense and a powerful emotional impact because it creeps up so quietly. The result is an engaging and relentless thriller.
Mahesh Babu was just perfect for the role; he fits the bill like a glove. He looks utterly endearing for his age, and when he is through the lens of legendary Santhosh Sivan, you could not just take your eyes off from him.
SJ Suryah finds a meaty role with ample screen time and voluminous scope to prove his acting skills. ARM has made no compromise in establishing SJ Suryah's character knowing that it would be the USP of the film. SJ Suryah’s introduction scene, in particular, was terrifying and well-structured.
Spyder will be remembered for the breathtaking battle between Mahesh Babu and SJ Suryah. It would have even powerful had SJ Suryah had rendered his voice. One of the sequences follows a similar pattern of 12 man shootout scene from Thuppakki, but this one might be artificial to a few sections of the audiences.
Rakul Preet looks cute, and her romance portions with Mahesh works at parts. At places, it looked fresh, but at places, some may find it distracting. ‘Celiliyia’ song seemed like a mistimed though the track is fun to listen. Some CGI moments could have been done with more care; few tacky graphics could have been avoided in a big film like Spyder.
Harris Jayaraj’s re-recording is very effective and the highlight score would be the theme track for SJ Suryah. The stunt sequences composed by Peter Hein is another major attraction to Spyder especially the theme action scene.
Beyond a point, the film gets a little too heavy with gore, and one might feel the climax could have been executed better. Apart from these minor issues, Spyder will entertain you if you are an action film lover.