Synopsis of the D‑Block film: A young engineering student and his friends solve the mystery of his college where several girls go missing and die.
D block film review: Arulnithi always raises expectations when he chooses thriller and horror films due to his past successes in these genres. While D Block falls into the same category, a big question here is whether it lives up to its previous outings.
The film begins with a young girl being tortured and held captive. Within minutes we are introduced to Arul who has come to study at an engineering school in Coimbatore. Interestingly, this story takes place in 2006 in a college in the middle of a dense forest. For this very reason, the students there are warned not to leave the campus late at night. However, problems arise when this particular rule is not followed. It comes to light when one of Arul’s friends, Swathi, a Bharatanatyam dancer, dies and management covers it up as a wildlife attack.
When a series of girls die or go missing along this similar pattern, Arul tries to unravel the mystery behind it.
While the outline may look good, as the creators claim it’s based on true events, the film and characters lack depth, which is of the utmost importance for a genre of this type. The problem with D‑Block is that it makes its antagonist invincible in every way, but the backstory falls flat and adds no value to its superiority. The first half gives us very little insight into the threat factor and only gives us more of college life for the students. The movie keeps its secrets until the break and lets it all loose in the second half, making it a very average watch.
Once the tension builds, there aren’t any exciting elements or big twists to sustain the script for almost an hour. It gets tiresome and even ridiculous as it nears its climax. While logic doesn’t apply to horror movies or thrillers, this is really a big hit that defeats the purpose of the movie.
Arulnithi, as usual, has the ability to hold up an average movie and he’s done a decent job. The good thing is that the female characters have a role to play in this flick and the romantic sequences with Shruthi (Avantika Mishra) are limited and don’t break the flow of the movie.
The many supporting actors like Thalaivasal Vijay, Ramesh Khanna and Karu Palaniappan don’t provide enough excitement for the film to work.
The technical aspects of the film seem very average and don’t really lift the mood of the film. D Block marks the debut of Erumi Saani Vijay Kumar, a popular YouTuber and he still has a long way to go when it comes to writing for the big screen.