After a string of box office bombs, Mammootty is donning the hat of a firefighter in Deepu Karunakaran’s latest movie, ‘Fireman’. The 118-minute thriller unfolds incidents that take place on a single day. Though it has all the ingredients of a superstar movie, the subject matter of the movie is quite novel in Mollywood.
The film opens with the scene of Salim Kumar with a girl, whom he introduces as his daughter. The story then goes on to delve deep into the life of Fireman Vijay (Mammootty) his Fire and Rescue team, especially Shajahan (Unni Mukundan).
An LPG tanker overturns and gas starts leaking from the tanker and the resulting blasts take many lives. The gas starts spreading fast endangering the lives of people in an entire city.
Vijay comes for the rescue of the city along with police officials led by Commissioner Sherin Thomas (Nyla Usha). He then finds out that the whole accident was part of a plot and the film is his attempt to uncover the mystery. The movie might interest a Fire and Rescue personnel, but for the layman it may not be the case. The show is entirely stolen by one man- Mammootty. The graphical take of the LPG tanker accident and the following fire blast lacks class, to say the least.
The movie aims to cash in on the heroism of Vijay and the situations are tailorcut to produce the desired result. The co-stars have nothing much to do than praising Vijay. The booster shot by the minister himself (Hareesh Peradi) crosses the limits of basic courtesy expected from the writer/director.
The movie throws cold water on the fire of expectations of an average spectator. The bland screenplay of the movie isn’t helping either.
The only saving grace of the film is that it tells a hitherto untold story of the heroics of firemen and deserves a salute for the same. And the nuggets of information on LPG Tankers and cooking gas might come handy for future reference. Rahul Raj’s background score was impressive. ‘Fireman’ is an average movie unless you are a hardcore Mammootty fan.