‘Lift’ Review: Kavin in the Horror film that tries to say too many things

There are some excellent moments in Vineeth Varaprasad’s debut film, the elevator. The first is the beginning. We see them close up from the radio set, which reads the weather report. In the next shot, we see the body falling through the roof.

After starting with this jolt, the film immediately slowed down, trudged, and winding when setting their character and environment. About half an hour later, the elevator seems to work again (forgive the game of words).

When the protagonist, the teacher (played by Kavin), was trapped in a haunted elevator. For a few shots, he tried to raise the sensation of Claustrophobic. A man was trapped in a small room with a supernatural entity.

His shout to help never happened. His mind’s hit by panic. Just as you begin to wonder if this film enters the survival-horror zone like aliens. The elevator is somehow open, releasing all tensions. And raise the winding resume.

Lift seems to be confused about what he wants.

Disney + Hotstar (OTT platform releases the film) categorizes it as a horror. But there is a little comedy, romance, and anger that seems fiery against corporate companies – all dilute genres.

And, this is the case with most the Tamil horror films. They tried to arouse the contrasting emotions at booming intervals. It was like walking through one of the carnival horror houses. And stopped randomly to watch Vadivelu comedy.

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V Vignarajan’s Andhaghaaram is the only newly polluted horror that I can remember. The film, despite other problems, has a consistently Sings mood, which works well. Also, the character is more relatable than the elevator.

For example, the protagonist, Vinod (Arjun Das), vibrates and is traumatic after facing paranormal phenomena. And, this is how he is in the whole film. Teacher and Harini (Amritha), the protagonist of the elevator, are also feared. It’s hard to believe they are people Who watched the elevator controlled by a ghost.

A man is sliting his own throat with a paper cutter and news of their death on television. But some moments in this film underestimate the danger of their mortal entry. For example, Harini tells the teacher at one point. “Kooda Panradhukku’s committee Andha Pei Oda Panradhe Mel’s agreement (better to deal with ghosts than you”. The teacher sang a birthday song for Harini, turned to its correens.

It is also difficult to understand how the Spirit (yes, there are two of them!) Work.

They can manipulate the elevator, make a photocopy, release the phone, and make an illusion like the Penrose ladder. But they let some devices, like a torch, work well. Of course, there must be a suspension of distrust.

But there must also be consistency in the film, right? It’s hard to understand the intention of the Spirit. We know in the end that they have something. To be shown to one of the protagonists. But they also tried to kill them (?).

Humans in the elevator behave foreigners than the Spirit. When the teacher met Harini for the first time, he asked him to click on a photo. He took his call, pretending to click on a photo and deliberately dropped the phone. Into the fish tank for no apparent reason. He appeared as a jerk. And, this somehow made Harini’s crush on him.

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Then, when Harini expressed his interest, he said he was not interested. He told him that he could call him “Akka” (sister); Harini slapped him and said, “Girls are angry when called ‘sister’ like how boys are angry when called ‘brothers’.”

Apart from the questions mentioned above, I have more about the movie title; Why call it a raise when the whole office is haunted? Consider the one-liner and absurd scenario that continues to take place there. The office may be a better title.