‘Tik Tik Tik’ review: a simplistic space flick

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‘Tik Tik Tik’ review: a simplistic space flick

A ‘Make in India’ space film that’s as simplistic as it is ambitious

There’s a scene in Shakti Soundar Rajan’s Tik Tik Tik, where a hacker inspects his space suit after he is recruited for a mission to nuke an asteroid headed towards the Earth. On a closer look, he finds a ‘Made in India’ label attached to the suit and starts panicking, worried if it’s good enough to survive space exploration.

Come to think of it, it’s pretty much the same fear one has when one steps into Tik Tik Tik, billed to be India’s first space movie. Given the limitations of Tamil cinema, in terms of budget and time, can we really pull off an ‘out of the world’ sci-fi film?

Going by the Jayam Ravi-starrer, one can only leave the theatre unsure.

It’s a monumentally ambitious film that tries to cram in the complexities of geopolitical warfare, a heist thriller and a sci-fi space story into one film. Yet, there’s an effort to simplify almost every little detail, making it difficult for us to take the film seriously. Do you want to hack into a sophisticated Chinese (though the words China and Chinese have been censored throughout) space station? Well, then just attach a pen drive-like gizmo onto one of its ‘USB’ ports and voila, we’re in

And if you’re looking for a way to cut a space ship’s fuel line, it’s simple. Just cut the only red and green wires that stick out. It also takes a lot of suspension of disbelief to accept how a space mission can take place without a single astronaut in it.

It’s easier to appreciate Tik Tik Tikwhen you start seeing it as a film that’s meant to be the typical Tamil mass film, which just happened to be set in outer space. It’s more an ‘Introduction-to-Science-Fiction’ film that works better for those whose dial-up connection was a bit too slow to download the dubbed version of 1998’s Armageddon.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)

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