What makes a thriller interesting? Stunning visuals, a strong plot, excellent performances, good writing and a decent making. Keerthy Suresh’s new multilingual film Penguin has got it all. But it falls short of being a gripping experience.
The pacing has got a little misplaced. How? The opening sequence involving the ‘Penguin’ hook us into the mood. We get along with Rhythm, a character played to perfection by the ever improving Keerthy Suresh. The thrilling background scores by versatile Santosh Narayan gels with the narrative.
But where the film misfires a little is the ending portions, a little too stretched and not fitting the narrative. This may not affect the overall satisfaction. But as the movie concludes, we are left with some doubts. Why was Keerthy all alone in her chase? Can a pregnant woman take all this risk?
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But as they say, cinema cannot satisfy you logically every time. Some actions are ‘forced’ to run the narrative. Perhaps this is one area an intelligent writer can address. Keerthy appears in most part of the film and delivered a convincing performance.
The other cast involving Ajay (Master Advaith), her ever reliable pet dog Cyrus and the doctor produces moments of brilliance. The non-linear narrative suited the structure of the story.
Penguin is a watchable attempt. Eashwar Karthic’s debut film is part absorbing, part engaging but lacked a punching end. Watch this thriller for its technical quality and powerful performances.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5