Pizza 2: The Villa

Pizza 2: The Villa

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Directed by : Deepan Chakravarthy

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“Pizza 2: The Villa emerges as a winner with its crisp narration and an appealing storyline. Go for it.”

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Science versus superstitions!!

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Pizza directed by Karthik Subbaraj breathed a new life into the art of story-telling. It also paved a way for a franchise and Villa (Pizza 2), directed by Deepan Chakravarthy, slides into that territory. It creates many moments to cling on but fails to recreate the thrills and shudders for which the original was famous for. Moreover, the title is a misnomer and it seems the tag Pizza 2 has been appended solely for the promotional purpose of the film. There is a scene at a Pizza outlet that may be act as a passing reference to its predecessor.

Villa creates a proper ambience - an old mansion with a sole occupant, dark night, mysterious paintings, a typewriter making an eerie sound and many spine-chilling moments. The film opens with a demonstration of 'resonance' and an interview of a real-time expert who has done extensive research on paranormal activities. This is akin to The Conjuring. In the initial minutes of its runtime, the film moves slowly establishing the characters Jebin (Ashok) - a dejected writer and Arthi (Sanchita) - his girlfriend. The mood and tone of the movie are set once Jebin enters the desolated villa.

Deepan is creative and detailed in his approach. He saves most of the thrill for the second half and unfolds the mystery layer by layer. He strolls through the lanes of science and offers reasoning for superstitions and supernatural forces. Albeit his explanation on positive-negative energy forces and probing into Physics gives a cerebral tinge to the narrative, it may not be appealing for viewers who watch it only for a visceral ride. But the effort to give a logical angle to a horror film is quite interesting and innovative.

Ashok Selvan gets into the skin of the character. He plays a distressed son and churns out the right expression that makes him look confused and depressed. Sanchita fills the film's palette with her glamour and her presence forms the crux of the story. Despite a short screen presence, Nassar - as a caring father - makes his presence felt. S J Suryah does a cameo and flashes during the climax.

For a film like Villa the background score and sound design play a pivotal role in mounting the fear and unleashing the jitters in right proportions. Santhosh Narayanan lives up to expectations and recreates an aura that's reminiscent of Pizza.

Deepak Kumar Padhy juggles with his camera and creates true to life imagery in every frame. The angles coupled with perfect lighting accentuate the chill factor. The uncanny camera angles when Jebin enters the villa for the first time and single shots during the episode to capture negative energy are a testimony to his work.

The CG work is neat and the flaming sequence stands out. Editor Leo John Paul with his slick edits ensures that the film's momentum never gets slackened in its less than 2 hour runtime. Art director Mayan surprises with his minimalistic yet impressive work.

The masterstroke of Villa lies in its layers of deception and an 'open-ended' climax that drops fodder for Pizza 3, and if you probe further, even for Pizza 4. You never realize few little things at the start and, after the film is over, you try to run a backward check to connect certain dots. When you compare this film with Pizza, the film is a notch lower and void of clever twists, but Villa is a fairly decent thriller that lends color to supernatural forces and unveils before us cogitation on the dynamics of science.

Moments of glory: Faint references to One Night @ Call Center and Twilight series. And when Sanchita's character praises Mani Rathnam for his 'picture-perfect' frames - that's goosebumpy awesome!!

My Rating: Expectation - 6/10; Reality - 7/10

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