Maayavan: a Tamil Suspense Film with Scifi Themes

A mainstream suspense movie, Maayavan grapples with questions of the soul – and immortality

Tamil cinema has come a long way, and is slowly embracing sci-fi themes with movies like Endhiran (Robot) and Indru Netru Naalai (Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow) with varying degrees of success.

Another stream in this development is that the more mainstream non-scifi movies using science fiction devices and themes for its plots. One such movie is Maayavan (Wizard) directed by CV Kumar. Kumar was the producer for many critically acclaimed Tamil films such as Pizza, and Maayavan was his first directorial venture.

Maayavan (2017)

The story

A police inspector Kumaran with a troubled past finds himself in the most mysterious case the police has ever encountered. Multiple killings have occurred throughout the city, each by a different killers and different victims, but the killers all share something in common — their behaviour had changed radically in the last few days before they killed their victim.

How will Kumaran confront his past? What is the true nature of these copycat killings? Who is their mastermind?

The answers to these questions may be shocking.

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Wandering Earth: China’s foray into Blockbuster Sci-Fi

The best parts of Wandering Earth occur when it sticks to its imaginative and unique premise. The worst parts occur when it tries to emulate Hollywood, becoming cliched and unoriginal.

Last month, the Chinese sci-fi movie Wandering Earth became available on Netflix. The movie is based on the short story by Cixin Liu, one of the most well known writers of Chinese science fiction, and the author of the Three Body Problem (see my review of the book).

The Plot

The Sun is expanding, heating up the Earth and slowly killing all species in it. The world unites to build huge fusion-powered thrusters on the Earth’s surface to steer it toward our closest star, Alpha Centauri.

And all this happens in the first 10 minutes of the movie, even before the title appears. Crazy? You bet.

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