Mercury: Film Review – Scores High on the Horror Meter

Verdict: Karthik Subbaraj Does It Yet Again.

Director Karthik Subbaraj's most ambitious project, Mercury, is set to hit the big screen this week. The film stars Sananth Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham, Anish Padmanabhan, Indhuja and Prabhu Deva. Just like Raja Harishchandra (1913) and Pushpak (1987), Mercury too is a silent film. However, what sets Mercury apart from these two films is that it is a horror-thriller. This Karthik Subbaraj directorial is definitely a unique experience that no one should miss. 

What Is Mercury About:

Mercury Movie - BookMyShowFive friends – four guys and a girl are seen celebrating the girl's birthday at a bungalow. During this night-long celebration, the group makes a mistake that changes their lives forever. However there is something about this group that the trailer does not reveal and the moment you realize it, that's when all the doubts you had about this horror film being made with no dialogues make sense to you. The rest of the film is how the friends are being hunted down by the character Prabhu Deva plays. Who Prabhu Deva is and what he wants from these youngsters is something you need to find out yourself.

What Works:

The very fact that it is a silent horror-thriller is what makes it so unique. The film has no dialogue whatsoever and is completely dependent on the background score and the color pallete to create the thrill. And do Santhosh Narayanan (Music composer) and S.Thirunavukkarasu (Cinematographer) successfully manage to do so? Absolutely yes. The background score is spooky and captures the viewer's imagination while cinematographer Tirru manages to do the same with a heavy use of green and blue.

Speaking of the cast performance, Prabhu Deva gives it his all and makes the character one of the most frightening ones in recent years. On a side note, Prabhu Deva makes you realize you can never take dancing away from a dancer. The man seems to have literally choreographed his zombie-like movement, and succeeds at it. At times out of fear, he may even manage to make you whisper to yourself – 'Deva re deva, Prabhu Deva'. The rest of the cast – Sananth Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham, Anish Padmanabhan, and Indhuja create an atmosphere of real fear.

What Could've Been Better

While the film is truly frightening and lives up to its genre, it loses its plot towards the end. The film throws light onto the issue of mercury poisoning but fails to connect the story-line with the theme.

Why You Should Watch The Film:

Fans of horror movies should definitely go watch it. Those of you who are on a lookout for something different and unique in this genre, do not hesitate. Mercury will not disappoint.

Release Date: 2018-04-11
Language: Silent
Director: Karthik Subbaraj
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Cast & Crew: Prabhu Deva, Sananath Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham, Anish Padmanabhan, Indhuja
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