Maayavan: a Tamil Suspense Film with Scifi Themes

A mainstream suspense movie, Maayavan grapples with questions of the soul – and immortality

Tamil cinema has come a long way, and is slowly embracing sci-fi themes with movies like Endhiran (Robot) and Indru Netru Naalai (Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow) with varying degrees of success.

Another stream in this development is that the more mainstream non-scifi movies using science fiction devices and themes for its plots. One such movie is Maayavan (Wizard) directed by CV Kumar. Kumar was the producer for many critically acclaimed Tamil films such as Pizza, and Maayavan was his first directorial venture.

Maayavan (2017)

The story

A police inspector Kumaran with a troubled past finds himself in the most mysterious case the police has ever encountered. Multiple killings have occurred throughout the city, each by a different killers and different victims, but the killers all share something in common — their behaviour had changed radically in the last few days before they killed their victim.

How will Kumaran confront his past? What is the true nature of these copycat killings? Who is their mastermind?

The answers to these questions may be shocking.

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Yamato 2199: Anime SF geekiness at its best

A space battleship fights alien enemies and travels 30,000 light years in a quest to save Earth

If there’s one thing that could make an SF anime fan squeal, it is a classic like Space Battleship Yamato. Released in the 1970s, the anime is considered to be as influential in Japan’s as Star Wars or Star Trek, and it even became popular in the West as the anime was dubbed as Star Blazers.

With Space Battleship Yamato 2199, released in 2013, we get a much deserved remake of the sci-fi classic with a big budget, fantastic visuals, and great action.

The story

The anime follows the titular Space Battleship Yamato as it goes on its solo mission to save Earth, which is now scorched beyond recognition by alien attacks. These attacks from the Gamilans – the aliens – render most of Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Humanity is driven to utter chaos and forced to live underground, with not more than a year before total extinction. Can humanity be saved?

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