Breezy titles have become a trend these days and yet another movie with a cool and serene title is SOS. The cool headed Vimal is the lead star flanked by bubbly Oviya and debutant Dipa Shah. Vimal again tries his hand as an urban guy after building a reputation a rural star. For Director Ravi Lallin, this is the big break he has been looking for almost a decade. To mention, the director has almost switched 50 jobs and has every reason to be gung ho about this romantic flick. The film's delayed release is owing to Blockbuster releases of Vishwaroopam, David and Kadal over the previous weekends.
The Director waits no time to introduce 12th standard students, Vimal and Oviya, full of puppy love. Vimal flirts his usual innocent looks to impress Oviya and they fall in love madly, and yes as usual elope with intention of marrying. Flash forwarding, the scenes turn abrupt with Vimal a US return dude finding love again in the form of Dipa. The couple gets closer with the help of their family, but their ideologies appear as North and South Pole.
The movie gets several bits fitting in now and then, with a friend of Dipa getting married off and Charuhasan's divorce all these makes us faintly wonder where they will fit in. Eventually the couple gets married off, however Dipa comes to know of Vimal's puppy love with Oviya and all hell breaks loose. What happens later forms the crux.
What's good and what's not:
First up the good things, cinematography by Rajesh is a neat attempt. Parts of humor in the first half are Vimal classic with his usual forte of innocent humor. The Director has taken some intensive research on relationships and the nightmares they can do if not dealt properly. However he has made a mess out of the screenplay by introducing several trivial elements. Oviya as a school student looks convincing, but Vimal is hard to be taken as a school boy as he looks a lot mature.
The glamour quotient in the movie is totally annoying and the director tries to infuse commercial factor, rather than sticking to his mainstay. Ravi's intention of distinguishing infatuation to mature love is laudable; however he drags the story which makes us assume it would have fared off better as a Mega serial instead. The scope for comedy is very limited with Ashwin and Manobala as the clowns of this movie. Manobala however torments with his mediocre jokes and Sighs! Aaargh can be heard around you.
Dipa Shah is probably a good find in this movie, elegant with her dubbing, charming looks and acting. She perfectly fits the role of a strict girl who values culture more than life. Well, one could say she passes the litmus test good enough to make a mark in Kollywood. Vimal has yet again experimented himself off from his usual knack of a witty villager to a modern youth, however needs a lot more convincing. Music is a disappointment; however BGM is good striking the right chords at intense scenes.
For Valentine's Day, the director could not have taken a better and such a sensitive topic, nevertheless fails in the attempt of conveying it with the right attitude.