Adam Joan: A slick thriller
With the right amount of romance, action, thrill and emotions, director Jinu cooks up an appetising meal
With an impeccable 15-year track record, Prithviraj no longer surprises us with his acting ability or saleability. We know he is the safest bet in M-Town, an actor spoilt with choices, and we also know he can, relatively speaking, pull off anything on screen without breaking into a sweat. But, what continuously amazes us is his choice of movies, his very knack of picking the riskiest of subjects and get it made quite well, the same process that leaves the masses cheering for him.
In that sense, Adam Joan is a great pick. For, it tackles a subject that is quite dicey and perilous. It traverses that unfamiliar terrain without a stumble, thereby delivering a slick thriller. Rooted in a dark and broody plot, Adam Joan indeed gets its success formula right.
Cast: Prithviraj, Bhavana, Narain, Lena, Rahul Madhav
Director: Jinu Abraham
Adam Joan (Prithviraj) is a Kottayam-based planter who is bent on turning his farmland into an Eden. That is when he meets and falls in love with a singer Amy (Misthi Chakraborty). Soon, they get hitched and fly to Scotland with his brother Unni and sister-in-law Swetha. But, things don't go as planned when Amy dies unexpectedly. Caught in a dark world, Adam finds his world crashing down. A sinner that he is, Adam finds redemption the hard way.
While the gist may give you a sense of deja vu, Adam Joan isn't entirely your regular fare. It has a thread, that is dark unto itself, and the treatment only makes it more broody. The tone of the subject is reflected in the making too. While we get occasional glimpses of picturesque Scotland, the lion's share of Adam Joan centres on the country's gloom-ridden roads and wilderness. Here, darkness thrives. The cold and aloof locales suit the narrative, thereby setting the mood. Coupled with the eerie BGM by Deepak Dev, the narrative effortlessly takes the viewer to a scary world.
While Adam Joan has shades of many characters that we have seen before, trust Prithviraj to make him look fresh. His suave looks and subtle expressions make Adam very convincing. In fact, every single character, be it Rahul Madhav, Bhavana, Lena and Narain have a significant part to play.
However, the highlight of Jinu Abraham's Adam Joan has to be its high-voltage action sequences. Sprinkled with enough slo-mo and rope techniques, Prithviraj restates his macho-man image by throwing punches. The mean machines and bomber jackets are perfect add-ons for this vengeful man.
While Adam Joan may have its share of flaws, the perfect packaging makes up for everything else. With the right amount of romance, action, thrill and emotions, director Jinu cooks up an appetising meal this Onam. Well, the festival has arrived on screen.