Kannur Squad Review: Mammootty’s Riveting Crime Thriller Delivers a Cinematic Masterpiece.
The much-awaited Mammootty starrer “Kannur Squad,” directed by debutant Roby Varghese Raj, has finally graced the screens today. This crime investigation drama, penned by Rony David Raj and Muhammad Rafi, was bankrolled by Mammootty himself under the banner of Mammootty Kampany. With a reported budget of around 20 crores, it stands as their most significant production to date.
The film’s narrative revolves around the formation of a special investigative unit in the Kerala Police known as the “Kannur Squad.” Sub-Inspector George Martin, portrayed by the charismatic Mammootty, leads this team of determined individuals, including Azees Nedumangad, Shabareesh Varma, and Rony David Raj.
The story takes a gripping turn when the squad is assigned the daunting task of hunting down a criminal gang, responsible for the murder of a politically connected family member, and has fled the state. With a tight deadline of 10 days, the film unfolds as we witness the squad’s relentless pursuit of justice, taking them on a riveting journey across different parts of India.
Directorial Debut Triumph:
Roby Varghese Raj’s directorial debut shines as he delivers a technically sound and engaging investigative thriller. The screenplay by Rony and Rafi is meticulously crafted, presenting the events with a close-to-realistic touch.
Raj’s storytelling prowess strikes the perfect balance between realism and cinematic appeal. He succeeds in emotionally connecting the audience to the characters right from the start. The investigation unfolds at its own pace, never allowing a dull moment to creep in. The film also delicately explores the personal lives of the characters, shedding light on the daily struggles of policemen.
Action and Music to Remember:
The action sequences and dialogues are packed with adrenaline-pumping moments that will leave fans cheering. Notably, the intense fight scene set in a North-Indian village stands out, even though the climax fight falls slightly short of expectations. Alongside the action, Sushin Shyam’s music score elevates the film to another level, reining in the audience’s attention whenever the narrative threatens to lose its grip.
Muhammad Rahil’s cinematography captures the essence of the investigation and the mesmerizing journey across India with stunning visuals. Praveen Prabhakar’s editing ensures a smooth flow for the 2-hour 40-minute film, preventing any lag in the narrative.
The cast delivers stellar performances across the board. Mammootty’s portrayal of George Martin is a tour de force, with impeccable body language that brings the character to life in a realistic yet heroic manner. His performance in “Kannur Squad” is reminiscent of his brilliant work in “Unda,” released a few years ago.
Supporting actors, including Shabareesh Varma, Azees Nedumangad, Rony David Raj, Kishore, Vijayaraghavan, Sarath Sabha, and others, excel in their respective roles. Special mention must go to Azees and Rony for their outstanding contributions.
“Kannur Squad” is a brilliantly executed, realistic crime investigation thriller that caters to aficionados of the genre. It promises not to disappoint, offering a compelling cinematic experience with solid performances, a gripping storyline, and exceptional filmmaking. Mammootty’s “Kannur Squad” is a must-watch for anyone seeking a masterfully crafted crime thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish