This is Udhayabhanu Maheswaran's big break and as Feelings Ravi, he is a riot. And despite the lack of speaking lines, Munishkanth (aka Ramdas) manages to be funny. But it is Shiva, who keeps the laughs coming with his terrific comebacks and one-liners. His segments are so ridiculous that we notice the humour quotient dipping whenever he is not in the scene.
The bottom-line is, ‘144’ starts off in a promising manner but what doesn’t work so well is the pacing in the second half, as the climax is stretched.
Long story short, 144 is like the good-old Road Runner and Tom & Jerry kind of movie. You know it doesn't make much sense, but that doesn't stop you from having a good laugh.Verdict: All the ups and downs considered, 144 is still 133 minutes of all-smile time.
144 shows that it's maker has a flair for comedy of the eccentric type. Some fine tuning and Manikandan can make heads turn.