Movie Review: Tik Tik Tik

RATING: 3/5

OVERVIEW: The Defense Space Division (DSD) team lead by Army chief Mahendran (Jayaprakash) learns about an enormous asteroid that would kill 4 Million people, is set to bombard India in 7 seven days. Due to lack of time, the DSD team plans to steal the asteroid stored in China space station. To finish this secret mission, an escape artist and magician, Vasu (Jayam Ravi) and his friends Appu (Arjunan), Venkat (Ramesh Tilak) get appointed in by DSD Chief and his core team Swathi (Nivetha Pethuraj) and Raghuram (Vincent Asokan). The twist in the tale blows when Vasu’s son Ravi (Aarav) gets abducted, to threaten Vasu for the missile. What did the secret team do next? Will they sacrifice the kid’s life for 4 million? Tik Tik Tik answers all these intriguing questions.

REVIEW: At one level, ‘Tik Tik Tik’ is inspired by the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster ‘Armageddon’, but the film comes with a blend of its unique, complete with nativity. Once the mission is set, director Shakti Soundar Rajan springs some surprises down the plot; though not so entirely unpredictable, the stage is set with a strict timeline to save the world. The film shoots off into space without wasting much time. The rescue team relies heavily on Jayam Ravi’s area of expertise to con and retrieve a crucial weapon. With the clock dangerously ticking even as the asteroid approaches the earth’s atmosphere, an army ready to kill the Indian crew, lots of twists and finally vast emptiness of space the plot is set for a tight finish.

It’s hard not to compare ‘Tik Tik Tik’ with Hollywood space movies. The tendency to feel deja vu for several scenes is natural. But every single scene is portrayed as an inspiration and continues to innovate rather than just copy paste from any other space movie. An audience that has never seen Hollywood or space movies is bound to enjoy more, for the minute detailing is top notch.

The space scenes, especially when the actors lose gravity, comes with a brilliant execution. Light-hearted banter makes it more enjoyable. Ramesh Thilak and Arjunan’s antics while preparing for the mission is a complete riot and shows the lighter side of a rookie preparing for an unexpected journey. Without going much into technicality, the director has kept the dialogues simple to give the layman a dose of space and its feel.

Shakti Soundar Rajan can surely take the prime appreciation. With 80 minutes of VFX, the visuals are pleasing. D Imman’s powerful BGM across the space horizon resonates deep into the screenplay, it certainly aids Venkatesh’s work behind the lens. Moorthy’s art direction for the space station, ground station, shuttle and most of the internal work deserves a mention.

Final verdict of the film is Tik Tik Tik is a new age space thriller which provides a different experience to the viewers. Good graphics, interesting setup, and strong performances are major advantages.On a whole, the first space-based Indian film has been launched successfully by pulling down another missile.

                                                              –Panchajanya