Right at the stroke of intermission, the movie almost ends but the screenplay allows an extended run for another hour or so in an attempt to bring in more thrills but the result of that extended portions only provide partial excitement. Lakshyam, the movie directed by Anzar Khan and scripted by Jeethu Joseph isn’t the best of the thriller that we have seen but still a decent one apt for a one time watch.
As revealed in the trailer, we have two convicts Vimal Kumar (Indrajith) and Musthafa (Biju Menon) who are on the run and literally trapped inside a dense jungle while the police is after them. Basically the movie is a cat and mouse game between the cops and the two convicts who are handcuffed between themselves that makes it almost impossible for the two to take different routes.
Cut between the past and the present, the movie till the halfway mark travel through a safe route and gets a much needed twist but the revealing side happened way too early making the latter half a very ordinary one. We can see a sense of urgency in getting to that climax which was not something unexpected. Screenplay by Jeethu Joseph is quite lively and have tried its best in not allowing any sort of boredom to the onscreen proceedings but since the complete story is revealed at the halfway stage, whatever that happens after that gets highly predictable. This takes away the thrill and excitement that one normally wants to witness towards the closing stages. At just two hours, the movie isn’t far stretched but the drawback lies in its revealing of the critical twist in the plot at a very early phase of the movie.
There are very few central and supporting characters in Lakshyam. A major part of the screenplay is shared between the characters played by Biju Menon and Indrajith. In between we have the female lead Sshivada appearing in a pivotal role. Both Biju Menon and Indrajith were appealing in their respective roles and out of two, the former was more convincing especially with those humorous one liners bringing in some sort of relief in an otherwise serious plot and thereby keeping at bay the chance of boredom creeping in. Sshivada was able to make her presence felt in a brief and unchallenging character.
The film is shot entirely inside a jungle and the visuals have been quite beautifully captured onto the screen, thanks to the work done by cameraman Sinu Sidharth. Anil Johnson has given a lively background score suiting the mood and genre of the film. There is only one song in the whole picture which is tuned by M. Jayachandran and sung by Vijay Yesudas. It is a beautiful melody worth listening to a second time. In this digital age where technology has grown by miles we expect a minimum level of VFX but sadly we see in Lakshyam some poor quality work on that front.