Review: Enemy

Reading Time: 2 minutes


Director Anand Shankar’s Enemy is an action entertainer that tells the story of two friends turning foes.

The story begins in Ooty where Chozha, the school-going son of a grocery shop owner called ‘Risk’ Ramalingam (Thambi Ramaiah), leads a mundane, boring life. One day, a retired IPS officer called Paari (Prakash Raj), who has made several enemies during his years in service, moves in as Ramalingam’s neighbour.

- Advertisement -

Chozha, who craves to learn new things, is fascinated by the kind of stuff he sees Paari teaching his son Rajeev. Paari, who realises that his own son performs better when he has somebody to compete against, offers to teach Chozha all that he has taught his son.

Training begins and Paari trains both boys in a number of skills, ranging from analysing a crime scene to shooting, to learning to develop an episodic memory. Both boys excel in all the tests and keenly compete against one another. One day, Paari is killed and both boys part ways only to meet several years later as foes. This time, the competition between them is not just intense but also serious.

Enemy starts off on a brilliant note. The narration is perfect and the screenplay is tight. The first 15 minutes of the film, which is about the days when young Chozha and Rajeev were being trained by Paari, are a delight to watch. As the story progresses, the pace starts to slow down, before again picking up just after the interval.

READ ALSO: Review: Dybbuk (Amazon Prime Video)

Source: Twitter

The film has many pluses. It has a series of fine performances coming from Prakash Raj, Thambi Ramaiah, Vishal, Arya, Mamta Mohandas, Mrinalini Ravi, and the two boys who play the young Chozha and Rajeev.

Vishal as Chozha and Arya as Rajeev in particular fit their roles to the T. Both have good physiques and the fight sequences work as a result of their fitness. Moreover, both actors complement each other well.

Mamta Mohandas, a talented actress who was not seen on the Tamil screen for quite some time, makes an impressive comeback with her performance in Enemy.

Thaman’s music for the songs works big time. “Lyric India”, a very hummable number, is easily the pick of the songs and it catches your attention. R.D. Rajasekhar’s cinematography is outstanding. In particular, some of the aerial shots that he executed in Singapore, will make you go wow.

Enemy impresses in parts. It is a film that could have delivered so much more to audiences if Anand Shankar had kept the screenplay of the remaining part of the film as tight as that of the first 15 minutes. Nevertheless, it comes across as a reasonably good action thriller.


READ ALSO: 10 Indian films and series to watch in November 2021

- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

REVIEW: Antim – The Final Truth

  Director Mahesh Manjrekar's Antim: The Final Truth is a crime drama centred around the circle of fate. Based on the Marathi film Mulshi Pattern,...

The religious discrimination bill will make LGBTIQ+ Australians sick

  The Morrison government’s religious discrimination bill was introduced to parliament on Thursday. The bill, now on its third draft, has been a contentious piece of...
ICC T20 WC 2021 delivers record viewership. Pictured here, Indian team captain Virat Kohli with Pakistani team captain Babbar Azam and opener Mohammad Rizwan. Source: IANS

WC 2021: India-Pak match becomes most watched T20I in history

  With nearly 10,000 hours of live coverage across TV and digital platforms in 200 countries, the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup delivered a...
jango film

Film Review: Jango

  Claimed to be India's first time loop film, Jango is a brave attempt at storytelling. Choosing to make a film knowing fully well that...

REVIEW: Sabhaapathy

  Director R. Srinivasa Rao's 'Sabhaapathy' is a light-hearted entertainer that, despite its flaws, just about works. AT A GLANCE Starring: Santhanam, M.S. Baskar, Preeti Verma,...