Making a movie for Ajith and Vijay must feel like balancing on a tightrope while wearing nothing but your shoes, don’t you think? In Thunivu, his third collaboration with Ajith Kumar, H Vinoth manages to walk a narrow line between letting Ajith do what he does best and telling a compelling story about corruption in the manner that he is renowned for. It mostly succeeds.

Ajith Kumar steals the show in Thunivu; he makes a big entrance, shakes his leg frequently, sends goons flying, and moonwalks through this cakewalk of a movie that doesn’t ask too much of him. He also performs a moonwalk in a scene. Ajith portrays Dark Devil, a lone mercenary who works for hire. When Radha (Veera) and his gang take control of a private bank in Chennai, Dark Devil, along with Kanmani (Manju Warrier) and their gang, double-cross them and strike a deal. Outside the bank, the Police Commissioner (Samuthirakani) takes over the case. A bank heist story with multiple surprises, letdowns, lots of bullet-spewing action, heroic triumphs and redemptions, begins. This, of course, does mean that, like in most commercial star vehicles,.

The poorest part of Thunivu is its third act. Leaving aside the lack of innovation, it even undermines the foundation that has been laid. Even a decisive blowout may have left a better aftertaste if it had been all guns blazing. Despite the chaos and barrage of gunfire, there isn’t a single action scene that fans will remember, despite what Vinoth is known for producing. Even though Thunivu isn’t the director’s best effort, it’s still not a terrible movie.

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