The gorgeous Samantha, who has been in top form, with back to back blockbusters in a hattrick with Rangasthalam, Mahanati and Irumbuthirai, has struck screens again, with her Tamil/Telugu bilingual, U turn, the remake of the 2016 Sandalwood hit of the same name, directed by the same maker Pawan Kumar. As is it is expected that Samantha will extend her winning streak this year further, here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on net review of U turn.
Rachana (Samantha) works with the Times newspaper as an intern, and life goes smooth for her, with her mother's routine to get her married, her eye for the crime reporter (Rahul Ravindran), until she gets herself into investigating a series of deaths in a flyover in the city, and her investigation ultimately leads her to unraveling a supernatural mystery behind the deaths, and she gets herself caught in a deadly situation. Whether Rachana was able to escape death with Police officer Aadhi Pinisetty for her help, and how was Bhumika connected to the deaths, and was Rachana able to resolve the case is what the thrilling U turn is all about.
Samantha is all energy personified as the young, bold and independent Rachana aiming to prove herself as a talented reporter and ultimately gets caught in a murder web, and displays guts, fear, shock and grief perfectly with her spontaneous expressions. Aadhi Pinisetty is perfect with his voice and body language fitting for the role of the police officer trying to help Rachana out of the trouble. Rahul Ravindran as Samantha's pair is apt as the flirting crime reporter, while Bhumika is a surprise package and thrills with her expressions and looks, while Narain is adequate. The rest of the cast including Aadukalam Naren are aptly cast.
While the Karma Theme by Anirudh has already become a chartbuster, Poornachandra Tejaswi's background score is chilling, and matches the mood of the racy thriller. Niketh Bommireddy's cinematography captures the eerie visuals and the spine chilling sequences to perfection, while the thrilling horror/ supernatural episodes are well shot to create the necessary impact. Director Pawan Kumar, who had directed critically acclaimed and commercially successful flicks like Lucia and U turn in Kannada, has made his Tollywood / Kollywood debut with the remake of his 2016 superhit U turn, and with the numero uno of South, Samantha leading from the front, has got a winner here.
The first half of the movie moves at a brisk pace establishing Rachana and the premise of flyover deaths, and generates necessary thrill impact with the death at the police station and another person Rachana tries to meet. With Rachana steadily getting close to resolving the crime, and leading to Bhumika and a heart wrenching flashback that appeals sentimentally besides also conveying an apt social message, U turn is gripping and engaging, keeping the audience glued to the seats.
Technically too U turn is top class, with stunning visuals by Niketh and terrific BGM by Poornachandra, and with crisp editing by Suresh, U turn is perfectly timed at just 2 hours. Samantha lifts the movie on her able shoulders beautifully with her realistic and convincing performance as the intern entangled in a murder mystery, and the support cast including Aadhi Pinisetty and Bhumika power U turn to success. All said, U turn is Pawan Kumar's perfect arrival, and Samantha proving her box office stamina yet again.
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