Cast: Vadivelu, Sadha, Pradeep Rawat, Adithya, Kitty, Rajendran, Mahanadi Shankar, Santhana Bharathi, Muthu Kaalai, Raj Kapoor and rest.
Production: G. Sathis Kumar & S. Amarnath
Direction: Yuvaraj Dhayalan
Cinematography: Paul Livingstone
Editing: V. T. Vijayan & T. S. Jay
Eli is said to be comical spy thriller in which Vadivelu plays an undercover cop. When the atrocities of a dreaded gang go out of control, the police department has no other choice than to send Eli (rat) to grab the head of the gang.
What follows is a serious of stunt scenes coupled with Vadivelu comedies which move at a very slow pace. And whether he succeeds in his mission or not forms the crust of the movie.
As always Vadivelu impressed everyone with his comical expression but since his performance didn’t have a platform to elevate, it fell flat.
Sadha who is the female lead in the movie didn’t have much screen space to prove her talent except in a couple of songs which acted only as a speed breaker to the already slow moving film.
Pradeep Rawat who plays as a villain is the only saving grace in Eli’s performance department.
Both the first and the second half is very slow moving and even Vadivelu’s comedy could not keep it alive throughout.
Though Paul Livingston the cinematographer was successful in capturing the essence of 60’s giving the movie a retro look, he failed to connect the choice of colors with the sole of his camerawork.
Eli could have been better with a few cuts here and there to hide its pace and even editors like Vijayan and Jay could not help it which is rare.
Although Vidyasagar’s background score is apt for the movie his songs are really unbearable and the usage of the Hindi classic ‘Meri Sapno Ki’ was inappropriate.
Even though Vadivelu’s comedy’s work in parts, overall the movie is way too slow paced with nothing new to offer.