There is no dearth of police stories in Tamil cinema, and Raid’s plot is a familiar one. Prabhakaran (Vikram Prabhu, giving fruit to his fast-paced role), is a cop who wants to eradicate all gangs and ensure peace in the city. Of course, this means a clash between him and an ambitious mobster Dali (Rishi Rithvik). He either misses every bullet thrown at him or even if he gets hit he heals in no time. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his love interest. Here, Sridivya plays the role of a sacrificial lamb who does what is required.
The over-the-top music – now, the throaty shout that composer Sam CS has started giving the background score to all his films with nail-chalkboard vibes – keeps us from swooning.
This is a Tamil film that does not for a moment dwell on the many extrajudicial killings committed by its protagonist. On the contrary, it is a film that believes in heroism with lines like ‘Your head written in Brahma pen, I will write it with a gun’.