Even though â€œSamarâ€ is far better than several done to death Tamil films of the recent past, but it stinks of inspiration it has borrowed from Spanish thriller â€œDot the Iâ€, on which the film is loosely based upon. Of course the film is not a frame to frame copy of the original, but has a very similar treatment and presentation.
The story follows the sick thrills of two villains, played by J.D Chekravarthy and Manoj Bajpai, who like to indulge in playing games with the lives of people. They are multi-millionaires and owners of a big business empire in Bangkok, where they spend every leisure minute playing a prank on someone and enjoying sadistic pleasure from the same.
While on one of his business trips to Ooty, JD meets Shakti, played by Vishal, and learns about his recent breakup with his girlfriend. He uses this reason to play with Shakti, and brings him to Bangkok, where JD and his partner, begin the game.
People Shakti meets in Bangkok are also part of the game including Trisha. The game goes on as planned and arrives at a breaking point as anticipated by JD, and he celebrates the moment with his partner, assuming all has ended well without any clue that Shakti has plans of his own.
Shakti double-crosses JD and his partner and uses the opportunity to suck them into the game. How did Sakthi pull his stunt on the baddies and what did he do with them. This forms the rest of the story.
While in the original, the story takes place within a film, here, it takes places within a game. In both versions of the film, the villain is double-crossed and made to suffer in the end. Also, sadly, â€œSamarâ€ is not as arresting as the original because the suspense of the film is killed with unneeded love angle and songs, which by the way were not even worth listening.
JD and Manoj, two very talented actors, are wasted in an effort which forces them to appear maniacal. Director Thiru has definitely not made the best use of these actors who could've been far better than they originally were. This only reminds me of the role essayed by Narain as the villain in the Tamil film â€œMugamoodiâ€.
Thiru's direction is mediocre but not as intelligent as a thriller film would require. He starts off well but makes the film little confusing and less thrilling after a point of time, which tends to irk one and all. Vishal shines in his role while Trishna turns in a decent performance.