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Thursday, 28 September 2017


Jaya Ganason plays the deaf-mute protagonist in THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL (2017)

THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL centres on a deaf-mute girl (Jaya Ganason), who gets kidnapped and trapped in a farmhouse by a masked serial killer disguised as a wolf.

REVIEW: How often you get to watch a slasher genre in a local Tamil movie? In THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL (also stylised as EVT - THE FARM), writer-director Karthik Shamalan made a bold move by pushing the limit of our local censorship board with a violent slasher thriller that doesn't shy away from blood and brutality (at least by Malaysian movie standard).

The wolf-masked antagonist in THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL (2017)

Shot with Canon 5D on a shoestring budget that consists only of seven crew members, it was no doubt an ambitious undertaking to handle such a genre. Judging from the surface level, Shamalan's gloomy take on the oft-told Red Riding Hood fairy tale looks potentially interesting. The Big Bad Wolf-like masked antagonist himself has the appropriately hulking appearance that looks both disturbing and intimidating. Jaya Ganason, who plays the deaf-mute protagonist, delivers a fairly competent performance. I also admired the fact that the director chose to frame the multiple-door farmhouse setting in a tight and claustrophobic manner. And one more thing, did I mention how cool the poster of this movie? Check it out below:

THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL (2017) movie poster

Now, for a movie that proudly proclaimed "Only 30% Dialogues Throughout The Movie", I was expecting this to be a slasher thriller that will make me feel relentless and agitated. Don't get me wrong. This movie does display a certain level of psychological intensity, particularly during the second half once the deaf-mute protagonist is kidnapped and trapped in the farmhouse. But at the same time, it tends to grow repetitive and even becomes draggy at some point. Not to mention the ear-splitting sound design along with the equally loud music and inconsistent editing almost ruined the whole experience. Then, there's the antagonist. As much as I appreciate his hulking appearance, the way he often howls like a wolf tends to feel cringy and unintentionally laughable. Even the director's decision to reveal the antagonist's true identity towards the end hardly generate much shock or a sense of intrigue. If that's not enough, the movie ends on a cliffhanger, complete with an obvious hint of a sequel.

Should the movie manages to make enough money to warrant a sequel, here's hoping the director can do better the next time around.

Karthik Shamalan's gloomy take on the Red Riding Hood fairy tale is brutal, but uneven B-movie slasher thriller suffered from a bumpy script and inconsistent technical attributes.


Sha-vin Da Prince said...

Yeah right,not up to the mark, disappointed

Yuva Neshwar said...

Good watch compared to other crappy movies. Not as good as expected but definitely worth a watch.