Interesting Premise but just one Virus too many.
Well, in recent times, we have seen a lot of small budget movies putting up a good show and surviving the Big Screen. Director Saurabh Verma aims for this exact feat with Mickey Virus. Overall, with a fresh concept, he falls short of a Plot to hold together this decent effort.
Mickey Virus is the story of Mickey Arora (Manish Paul), a hacker, who hangs(or rather hacks!) out with his three friends, Chutney (Pooja Gupta), Pancho (Vikesh Kumar) and Floppy (Raghav Kakkar). The Delhi police, ACP Siddhant Chauhan (Manish Chaudhari) and his subordinate Bhalla (Varun Badola), has reached the dead end on series of mysterious murders; all victims being hackers. ACP Siddhant needs a hacker to get to the roots of the crime and that is when he hires Mickey to work for him. Meanwhile, Mickey falls in love with a girl named Kamayani George (Elli Avram). After some interesting turn of events, Mickey finds him amidst deep trouble and being accussed of a murder and cyber-crime.
The setting promises a Comic affair but what Mickey Virus turns out to be is a Comic Thriller.
Though the idea is intelligent here, what it lags in is a tight direction. 2 Hours and 15 Minutes long, this movie tests your patience at times. But still, there’s enough to hold you down. Quirky dialogues, decent cinematography and then some interesting suspense and surprises too keeps you involved. The First half moves slow, building up the story while the next half proves to be a suspense filled ride. Music is totally forgettable.
Talking of the actors, Manish Paul has a good debut. Enacting a street-smart hacker, wearing colourful tees, he pulls off the role. Rest of his gang is good too. Manish Choudhary is impressive in his role of a strict cop. But, its Varun Badola, with his cheeky one-liners, who steals the show among the lot.
Well, for a virus to be totally effective, a taut programming is required. A good story and some tight direction could have made this flick much more and a glimmer of hope that some small budget movies have gained overtime would have escalated too. Overall, it’s a decent watch; just keep your expectations low.
Note: An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it. Go check your compatibility!