an intelligent thriller gone haywire
Pizza could have been a smart and engrossing thriller had the director not included few cliched moments influenced by Hollywood.
What begins as a boring, torturous first half, gradually builds to an exciting second half, followed by an explosive climax. The film is supported by a slow, but crisp screenplay that may not engage initially, however excites one and all, eventually.
Anu, an aspiring horror-novelist, and Michael, a pizza delivery boy, are happily in love with each other. All is well in their haven until all hell breaks loose. Michael, on one of his home-delivery trips, encounters life changing events, which pave way to some unexpected twists and turns in his own life. What happened to Michael during one of his pizza-delivery trips, forms the rest of the story.
Karthik sets the context of the film quite early on, but makes everybody wait long before he introduces some exciting moments in the second half. This wait only leads to frustration among the audiences, who don`t appreciate the narrative and even walk out of the theatre disappointed.
The film oscillates between two genres, namely horror and thriller, in a way that at all the times, the audience is either hooked or confused.
The director succeeds in keeping the suspense alive throughout until he decides to break it.
The actors need no special mention because had it not been for an intelligent screenplay, roles enacted by them wouldn`t have made any difference.
What doesn`t work in the film`s favour is the artificial romance between the lead pair, Vijay and Remya. It appears as though the director deliberately built a boring relationship to shift the focus of the audience on the crazy events that unfold in Michael`s life.
Had the director cut to the chase few minutes earlier than he did originally, Pizza would`ve been embraced with arms wide open.
Karthik constructs the silliest first half to follow it up with an engrossing second half. As a director, he knows precisely how to bring back life into the film, but his work is heavily influenced by Hollywood, and it is sadly, very evident in the film.
Pizza displays signs of a craftily executed thriller, but falls short of satisfaction due to erratic narration.
Of the 13 Tamil films released in October, horror-thriller "Pizza", which raked in Rs.1.85 crore in first two weeks, evolved as the major winner at the box office.Read More
`PIZZA`, a romantic thriller directed by debutant Karthik Subbaraj and Produced by Thirukumaran entertainment is fast nearing its completion. C.V. Kumar, the producer of the film impressed by the script , ventured into this production even before his first film `Attakathi` got released. Pizza shooting schedule is completed and is currently under post production. The film features Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan, Narain, Jayakumar, Pooja, Simha and many more in their star cast. Gopi Amarnath of Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakkathile fame is the cinematographer of the film. Music for the film is composed by Santhosh Narayan, Editing is being done by Leo John Paul and Sound design by Vishnu and Shankar.
PIZZA team promises that the film will be a complete entertainer which will keep the audience thrilled and engaged right from the first shot. They also guarantee that the film will be a Visual and musicaltreat. And another good news for the team is, composer Santhosh Narayanan C R has been invited by Studio 301 inc, Australia to record the soundtrack of ‘PIZZA’ in Australia with eminent musicians in and around Australia and Austria. Some of the top musicians around the world who have worked on multiple Hollywood productions and have worked on several Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning movies have been roped in for the score
Also, Leon Zervos, mastering engineer who has mastered over 100 million hit records and whose masters have won multiple Grammy awards and nominations has agreed to master the tracks of this film. The crew is also working hard to achieve perfection in the Sound Designing and Mixing. This film is to be mixed by the state of art new 7.1 surround sound processor in India. A hot, Spicy and a tasty `Pizza` with Australian toppings is soon to be served for tamil film audience.