Tamil cinema has been talked about because of its ability to present novel themes, but Massu Engira Masilamani turns out to be a mishmash of movies that have been seen earlier. Suriya does appear plausible in some sequences, so does Nayanthara -- but given such a storyline and script, they struggle to keep the film afloat.
You have got to hand it to Venkat Prabhu for attempting a completely different storyline each time he makes a film. Massu Engira Masilamani is yet another trademark Venkat Prabhu entertainer.
Overall, this film serves as perfect summer treat for family audience. Watch it for Suriya’s live-wire performance. The film may not be ‘Pakka’ Masss, but is surely can’t be condemned as ‘Podi’ Masss either! It’s a fun and racy commercial entertainer that is good to watch with a bucket of popcorn.
Even though Venkat Prabhu messes it a bit in second half, the film has enough dosage of fun in it to warrant you a watch at the theatres. Watch it for the comic exchanges between Suriya and his gang of ghosts. Had it been a comic caper, I would have been tempted to give it three stars. But alas! the same old revenge saga makes a mess out of Masss. Go with minimum expectations and chances are that you might end up liking it.
Despite the above said positives, the film doesn't have a big story-line and is sluggish in the first half. Had the director spent more time on writing, Massu would have been a better entertainer but now it’s yet another mass masala film with feel good spooky elements and the powerful Shakthi as bonus points.
As for fun-loving family audiences, what do I pick? The scenes of drinking at a TASMAC bar? The beeped-out F-word? The stretch where a mother and her little girl are burnt alive? The film’s U-certificate may be its spookiest accomplishment.
While the start was heartening to see, with an established director charting up an unusual script for a commercial star & the star going all out with it, we get uncomfortably overloaded towards the end as film sags and leaves little impact because of it trying to handle too many things at a time – much like an aerated soft drink.