There is always a consistency in Joshiey' and in his expertise in creating big hits, whenever he is with fine scripts. Having been able to safeguard his popularity as a hitmaker, Joshiey is coming for this Onam with his offering 'Run Baby Run' with Mohanlal as the hero. Yet another example of well crafted gripping thriller, that is sure to go well with festival audiences, 'Run Baby Run' is certain to end up as a hit, if marketed well. The movie has the precise doses of actions, thrills, lighter moments and finer sequences which are also laced with fine performances of the cast.
The movie, with the media industry as its backdrop, tells the unending race between television channels for gaining better rating points, creating their exclusive scoops and exclusives. And so, it seldom moves out of the media men in action and their political opponents. Mohanlal appears as a high profile cameraman Venu, who is a regular in the panels of international giants like CNN and Reuters. He is currently back to his homeland, after some skirmishes with his dear ones, which made him leave the state almost a five years ago. Then its was his fiancee Renuka, a budding journalist then, who embittered Venu for a costly sting story. That story but also languished the political aspirations of Bharathan Pillai(Sai Kumar) and industrialist Rajan kartha(Sidhhique).
And when Venu is back, they are also back with a vengeance. At Kochi, Venu in an unusual instinct teams up again with Renuka(Amala Paul)whom he hates the most. And as they are into another sting activity to expose a real time assassination of a politician, they are unknowingly landing up into a heap of troubles which rip-off their credibility as journalists and how they manages to clear the confusion forms the rest of the story.
The highlight of the movie is the even pace with which the thriller has been executed by Joshiey with the aid of his editor Shyam Sasidaran. The first independent script by Sachi seldom is good and never leaves a space for the viewers to think about the pitfalls and illogical developments, which helps the movie to trek to the climax with not much difficulty. Though the love angle and the song appear as a sore thumb due to the little chemistry between its lead stars who have the age differences that is more than a generation, the simple and direct narratives laced with action, suspense, and twists made it a fiery roller coaster ride. In the acting side Mohanlal excels once again, playing with ease the role of a TV cameraman. The role doesn't offer any thing new to experiment for the most versatile actor of our times, while Amala Paul just manges to play to the demands of the role of a journo who want to go to any length for her credit lines. The rest of the cast are ok while Biju Menon gets the maximum claps for another soft role. Joshy is also supported by excellent camerawork by R D Rajasekhar and finer works from his art department. The only noticeable song in the movie- 'Attumanal' sung by Mohanlal is also well pictured.
In the flip side, the regular clichéd villainy from Saikumar and Siddhique offer little to increase the unpredictability. Also the illogical points in the narratives are plenty and usual with this sort of adrenaline pumping thrillers. Regular news casters masquerading as others to deceit officials and police, to the foolishness of the investigators who doesn't look for the call lists of the persons they are after, all appear pretty stupid. The pace slackens a little in the second half , but Joshiey manges to pull off the plot to the climax without much complexity.
But for the lovers of relatively well made thrillers, this 'Run baby Run' is definitely your movie that you may love to see more than once. Forget the little glitches and have a wonderful thriller at hand for this Onam.