Verdict: The revenge drama formula works for this mass entertainer.

After a magnum opus like Kayamkulam Kochunni, Nivin Pauly beefs up for a thorough action flick. Mikhael is Haneef Adeni’s second directorial venture, produced by Anto Joseph under the banner Anto Joseph Film Company. The movie has a stellar cast comprising Unni Mukundan, Siddique, Shanti Krishna, Ashokan, Manjima, J.D. Chakravarty and Suraaj Venjaramoodu. The music is handled by Gopi Sundar and cinematography by Vishnu Paniker.

What’s Mikhael About:

Gerard (Amal) challenges his classmate Jeniffer aka Jenny to a karate spar. But things do not turn out too well for Gerard and he suddenly passes away. His father, a businessman named George Peter (Siddique), and his uncle Marco (Unni Mukundan) are out for revenge, threatening Jenny and her family. It is now up to her brother, Dr. Michael John (Nivin Pauly) to protect his family from the bad guys.

What Works:

Mikhael is a revenge drama, which Nivin Pauly pulls off boldly. As the poker-faced Michael, the actor’s macho avatar will be a hit with fans of this genre. What strikes you most in the movie, however, are the bad guys. Siddique and Unni Mukundan, in particular, are convincing in their portrayal of ruthless villains. The movie is choc-a-bloc with punchy one-liners. Suraaj Venjaramoodu and the young girl who plays Jenny have done justice to their parts. There are note-worthy performances by a host of actors who appear in minor, yet pivotal roles like KPAC Lalitha as the matriarch of George’s household, Ashokan as Michael’s stepdad, Govind Krishna as the trouble-making senior, and Babu Antony as John Sr., who teaches his son a thing or two about martial arts. The background score, especially for Marco and George, has an eerie tone, adding to the grey shades of the characters. The biblical reference to angel Mikhael, the one who heals and slays Satan, is a constant.

What Could’ve Been Better:

With an unfocused storyline, certain scenes are likely to leave you befuddled. For example, Marco is seen taking a shower in someone else’s bathroom and then drives off in a swanky car only in his boxers. Well, except for Unni Mukundan’s well-toned body, the scene has nothing to contribute.

Why You Should Watch:

Nivin Pauly in this new avatar as the larger-than-life hero is definitely worth a watch. As for fans of action movies, it goes without saying, do not miss this one.