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This one weaves an edgy spectacle

S Viswanath, Sep 29 2017, 1:31 IST
A scene from the film Spyder.

A scene from the film Spyder.

Rating: Average (**)
Lang: Telugu-Tamil
Film: Spyder
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh, S J Surya, Bharath, R J Balaji, Priyadarshi Pullikonda, Shaji Chen
Director: A R Murugadoss

A R Murugadoss, after dealing with various social issues, forays into spy thriller genre with Spyder. Here, he uses mobile phone tapping as the kernel to save people in distress.

Inspired by Hollywood, the director explores how a psychotic spreads terror among citizens, and how — in this digital driven age — cities have become vulnerable to such deranged despots.

Spectacularly shot by cinematographer Santosh Sivan and complemented by foot-tapping score by Harris Jayaraj, Spyder revolves around Shiva, the intelligence officer who, from his Plexiglas tower, listens into people's calls and swoops down like Spider-Man to their rescue.

In the course of one such Phantom act, he learns of Bhairava, a psychotic on a killing spree. There begins a cat and mouse game, providing viewers an edge-of-the-seat experience. Shiva tries to track Bhairava, who has killed a young girl and a constable who goes to investigate.

Mahesh Babu and S J Suryah do a competent job as they joust in the battle of wits. Rakul Preet Singh, as Charlie, is just pretty prop, grooving with Mahesh in exotic locales.

How Charlie enters Shiva's life and how he confronts Bhairava's designs form the fulcrum of Spyder.

Murugadoss delivers a sumptuous Dasara thriller for die-hards with the right toppings to revel in. Yes, get entrapped in this Spyder's derring-do web.

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