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Goli Soda 2 Movie Review

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Three youngsters who are related only by a common friend are on the cusp of having their lives changed for the better. But circumstances lead them to a fate where they lose everything they hold dear. How do they reclaim their lives and identity?

Movie Review: In this thematic sequel to Goli Soda, one of this decades entertaining masala movies, Vijay Milton gives us protagonists who are ordinary guys facing improbable odds in their battle to reclaim their identity. Milton gives enough variations in the problems that his three protagonists face – Siva (Vinoth), an enterprising auto driver, becomes a victim of a politician-loan shark (Saravana Subbaiah). Maaran (Bharath Seeni), a gangster who wishes to leave his violent life, is unable to escape the iron-clad grip of a don. The romance of Oli (Esakki Bharath), an aspiring basketball player, becomes a casualty of casteism. All three are related not only by their problems, but by a common friend-guide, Nadesan

The pacing is Goli Soda 2’s biggest plus. Like he did with the first film, Vijay Milton maintains a relentless pace that keeps you engrossed in the film. More importantly, unlike a filmmaker like Hari, he does not use just editing gimmicks to make things racer. That happens much later, when the film sort of self destructs. Until then, he gives us clearly etched back stories for all his protagonists. And with editing, he makes these stories bleed into each other, subtly indicating how connected they all are.

This is why the first half of GST makes for a riveting watch. We get a couple of romantic tracks that manage to feel fresh despite the slightly raw performances. We get whistle-worthy dialogues. A scene in the bank where one of the protagonists, an auto driver who hopes to get a loan, is filled with sharp lines that take a dig at how the system is not favourable to underprivileged and is solely interested in maintaining the status quo.

But some time into the second half, we begin to get a different film – one, as we remarked earlier, with the sensibilities of a Hari film. The way in which the protagonists fought back after being pushed to the wall was one of the highlights of Goli Soda. But here, Milton disappoints in this crucial stage, giving us hard-to-believe scenes that bring down the overall smartness of the film. Perhaps the novelty of having teenagers as heroes forced Milton to think different in the first film. Here, we get clichés. And over-the-top action scenes. And an over loud score that just doesn’t stop.

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