Weapon – Review

Sci-fi thriller
Director Guna Senniappan’s latest venture, ‘Weapon,’ has generated considerable buzz over the past year, primarily for its innovative use of AI to de-age actor Sathyaraj and its intriguing premise showcased in the trailer. The film promised a thrilling dive into the world of superhumans and high-stakes action. But does it deliver on its promise? Let’s delve into the details.
‘Weapon’ sets its foundation in the pre-Independence era, introducing a fascinating concept: a super serum used by Hitler to create super soldiers. The narrative takes an interesting turn when Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and another freedom fighter come across the serum. Bose, aware of its potential consequences, opts against using it. After his demise, the remaining freedom fighter feeds the serum to his son, setting the stage for a saga of superhumans.
Fast forward to the present, we meet DK (Rajeev Menon), the head of Black Society Division 9, an organization that specializes in assassinations and is on the lookout for superhumans. Enter Agni (Vasanth Ravi), an award-winning YouTuber who is passionate about researching superhumans and advocating for nature. The narrative kicks into high gear when a catastrophic explosion in Theni brings the existence of superhumans into the limelight.
Sathyaraj and Vasanth Ravi deliver commendable performances that anchor the film. Sathyaraj, with his de-aged appearance, brings a unique blend of gravitas and intrigue to his role. Vasanth Ravi, as the dedicated YouTuber Agni, is both convincing and relatable. Rajeev Menon, portraying DK, delivers an effective performance, adding depth to the storyline.
‘Weapon’ excels in its technical execution. The visual effects, particularly the de-aging of Sathyaraj, are seamless and impressive. The film’s action sequences are well-choreographed, and the cinematography captures the essence of both the historical and contemporary settings beautifully.
Director Guna Senniappan begins ‘Weapon’ as an investigative thriller, setting a gripping tone with the investigation of a massive explosion where Agni is found. The involvement of a masked man by the NSG to extract the truth from Agni adds an element of mystery and suspense. However, as the film progresses, it introduces multiple sub-plots that somewhat dilute the central narrative. While these sub-plots are intriguing, they occasionally detract from the film’s pacing and coherence.
‘Weapon’ stands out for its ambitious premise, strong performances, and technical prowess. However, it falls short of fully realizing its potential due to an overabundance of sub-plots that occasionally muddle the main storyline. Despite this, the film manages to hold attention with its engaging concept and decent execution.
‘Weapon’ is a noteworthy attempt that blends historical fiction with modern-day thriller elements, providing a fresh take on the superhero genre in Indian cinema. It’s a film that, despite its flaws, is worth watching for its innovative approach and solid performances.