Rum, an intoxicating watch?

You can watch the horror-comedy flick, if you are a die-hard fan of Vivekh’s timely antics

Published: 18th February 2017 05:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2017 05:25 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

Cashing in on the prevailing trend of horror-comedies is Rum, a heist horror-comic flick. It centres on the spooky incidents in a haunted bungalow where a group of thieves get trapped, with a rogue cop on their trail. In case you were wondering, the title means verdict or judgement! Better crafted than many earlier films of the genre, particularly in its first half, it is however the presence of Vivekh that sustains interest and peps up the proceedings almost throughout the film.

The narration opens on multiple tracks. A cop is found murdered in a forest, and his daughter (a new recruit to the police force) is missing. Some paranormal activities take place on a mansion.

And then the narration shifts to Shiva, a thief and his team of four, who after stealing some ancient priceless stones, select the remote bungalow as their hideout. An interesting weave to the story is when the director shows how these thieves have moved from small thefts to robbing precious stones worth crores.

The paranormal forces in the bungalow manifest themselves in ways we have seen before. A Rubik’s cube, white ball and a doll are part of the ghostly paraphernalia. The garishly painted ghostly faces and the eerie sounds also form part of the scenario.

In the first half, both horror and humour have worked out well. It is in the second half that the plot loses steam as it goes into the history of the ghostly mansion. But it peps up again towards the end where the tormented souls unleash their vendetta. The re-enactment of the story behind the mansion and the thieves witnessing it, gives it a fine touch. 

Hrishikesh (cousin of composer Anirudh) in his first lead role fits in adequately. Sanchita gets equal space and provides the glamour quotient. Narain’s rogue cop is more watchable than some of his recent ‘heroic’ efforts. The songs are well integrated with the story telling. Rum could be a one-time watch for the sake of Vivekh, who is hilarious with his spot-on-comic antics.

Film Rum
Director Sai Bharath
Cast Hrishikesh, Narain, Sanchita Shetty, Vivekh , Mia George, Arjun Chidambaram, Amzath Khan
Stay up to date on all the latest Entertainment Review news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp