Deviating from his close-to-reality scripts and characters, Vijay Sethupathy attempts a formulaic scenario in Rekka. The actor essaying the role of a larger than life hero has lyrical dreams, singing with his lady love, and later turns into a one-man fighting machine who wards off a dozen and at a point, a hundred and more armed rowdies.
Awkward and self-conscious, Sethupathy looks like a fish out of water as he tackles these moments. His soft improvised style of dialogue delivery seems out of place and his attempt to be realistic in this far-from-realistic scenario backfires. But the actor cannot be blamed entirely. Add to this, a dull screenplay and an unimaginative treatment.
Sethupathy plays Siva, a law student who returns to his home town. The story is built on the happenings that follow when David (Uthaman), the villain, has a score to settle with Siva.
As Siva prepares for his sister’s wedding, David predictably throws a spanner in the works, forcing Siva to strike a deal. David’s demand is that Siva kidnap the daughter of a powerful politician. What follows is the inevitable and the predictable.
The characters are superficially etched, with none of the actors leaving an impact. Kishore cuts a pathetic sight.
While Uthaman gets a lot of screen space, Kabir Singh as the other baddie gets an apology of a role. The few good moments are in the scenes of camaraderie between Siva and his father (Ravikumar).
It is understandable that every hero aspires to do a formulaic film that would take him to the masses. But then it’s necessary to select the suitable script, a sensible intelligent one. One wonders what happened to Sethupathy’s keen sense of choosing the right script!