The plot itself is confusing in '144'. Two villagers who are against each other and section 144 is thrown on them every year during a special occasion. Shiva (Desu) is a thief and Ashok Selvan (Madhan) is a driver to a local politician in the village. They use the '144' to make a heist on the villages and how they conduct it and what consequences they face form the rest of the story.
Siva essays role of a failed thief closely resembling his own character in the highly entertaining 'Kalakalappu'. But in this movie his performance is not even half of what he achieved there. He cannot be balmed as he cannot do anything in this non existent script and there are only very few moments he manages to bring a smile on the faces of the annoyed audiences. Ashok Selvan is supposed to be a racer but there is nothing to show it and the young actor manages to stay afloat with his sincere performance. Oviyaa does nothing except an item number. Shruti Ramakrishna is just a filler. The trio Madhusudhan Rao, Uday Mahesh and the inspector collectively provide a major share of humour.
Sean Roldon's music is below par and he could have worked at least on the background score. Cinematographer Gurunath and editor Leo John Paul seems to work on opposite movies. Nothing blends well and everything is out of focus. The background music is just a noise. The screenplay takes more than enough time to settle down and except few sequences the movie never even evokes laughter. The flow was also missing.
CV Kumar who is known to make some new genre movies has failed this time by experimenting something new. He should be cautious in not trusting all the newbies who are coming with 'New' script.