First things first, let me get something very clear. Director Vikram Kumar hasn't made a 'Science-fiction' but only a 'Fiction based on time travel'. Such is the way in which he has handled things right away.
Full brownie points for director Vikram for conceiving such a nouvelle plot with utmost clarity and transparency. What more impressed me is he neither did expect any kind of overtly expectant intellect from the audience so as to understand something from this flick. The writing is pro-level but the execution is grassroot level. So brilliantly comprehensive. Nevertheless, director's intentions & modus operandi are heartily aided by a cinematographer who was able to cast a mojo in every frame and an editor who gave an international appeal to the movie on the whole. The way in which Director brought about the impact of butterfly effect and managed to draw a parallel between the prologue and epilogue was out righteously out-of-the-world. As far as the scripting department was concerned, it was all about the genius of Vikram.
But I must admit the fact that Vikram, as a director, has failed to deliver at a lot of instances. You don't get to see such a gush of vile from the audience in unison, this often. The so called love track between Suriya - Samantha managed to bring that out quite intermittently. The track is beguiled of making things cheeky for the viewers. But instead fell on the cheesy side. Not just that, I felt even the time shifting gimmicks were quite overdone in a lot of scenes. The movie which was paced beautifully until the "Kaalam en kaadhali" song, lost it's track quite badly as every hindrance came by it's way in the guise of the love track, time shifting scenes, complacent dialogue writing etc.
What rescues the film yet again, is none other than Suriya himself. Athreya is a character that'll be talked about for over and over again for years to come. Such is the eerie impact he's managed to leave behind. Even the other 2 characters were performed to near perfection. But I felt the character arc of Mani wasn't etched out as good as Sethuraman's character was. Collectively, Suriya just dished out one of the finest performances of his career.
Music by AR Rahman came as one big blow at least for me. Barring one scene where Saranya reunites with her family, no other scene was even remotely close to ARR's magic which he is used to sleepwalk through. There was no scene that screams the kind of creator ARR has always been. Came as a shocker at least for me. Forgettable outing for our Mozart.
What I felt could've been bettered was the no-holds-barred approach when it comes to the time travel thingy. The scenes were really weary of realism even if we want to see through the eyes of 'fiction'. But at the same time, Vikram managed to keep us at the edge of the seats all thanks to a spellbinding interval block and quite a handsome lot of twists and turns as the movie reached it's fag end. Scenes used to date back were nearly devoid of errors. Kudos for such hard work in writing once again.
24 - Delivers what it just promised. An entirely new and path-breaking cinema in Tamil. More like a breath of fresh air. Specks of glitches present throughout the duration of the movie only prevents the movie from becoming Tamil Cinema's finest fiction thriller., but does assert itself as one of the finest in the same kind.