Psycho: Film Review – More Than Just a Thriller

Verdict: Psycho is a psychological thriller that’s worth more than just one watch.

With a modern and detailed adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie Psycho, Mysskin is here to awe the Tamil audience with a psychological thriller of the same name. Arun Mozhi Manickam is producing the movie under the banner ‘Double Movie Production’. Psycho brings together many renowned artists, one of them being Illayaraja with the gothic music retuned to string this horrifying tale. PS Sreeram scores his game in representing the best of artwork with his crew. Last and most important, this movie boasts of a cast that we simply can’t take our eyes off. Udayanidhi Stalin, Aditi Rao Hydari, Nithya Menen, Ram and Shaji Chen are chosen to enact the story.

WHAT’S PSYCHO ABOUT:

Psycho is a suspense thriller that has cops searching for a psychopath, who has repeatedly abducted and killed women. He beheads his victims and leaves their bodies for the cops to solve the puzzle. Amidst this malicious death game, Dagini (Aditi Rao Hydari) is followed by a visually impaired musician named Goutham (Udhayanidhi Stalin) who claims to be in love with her. Although she likes him back, Dagini feels they wouldn’t be suitable for each other. One day, she is kidnapped by the psychopath while waiting for Goutham. Believing that Goutham would find her, she threatens the psychopath to give her seven days of life in his murderous company. Whether Goutham manages to find her is still a secret to seek when you hit the theatres.

WHAT WORKS:

The movie begins with a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The plot is entirely a redesigned version of this classic but the way Mysskin’s film unveils the mystery is what makes it different. Untangling the puzzling plot steadily using clues is an artistic way to keep the audience hooked. It is detailed and at the same time, dark and violent. The movie takes its flight with a headless body and the investigations surrounding it. PC Sreeram’s cinematography displays precision and accuracy. The props are well placed and well created. The dingy dungeon of the serial killer is well-conceptualized and beautifully executed in terms of production. Illayaraja’s music has enhanced the effect of the terror. One noticeable part about the plot is that it tries to put the spotlight on the serial killer’s background, attempting to make you sympathize with his mental illness and at the same time, judge his actions. Even though the director has not presented it, but a mild tint of Stockholm syndrome can be sensed between Dagini and the serial killer.

WHAT COULD’VE BEEN BETTER:

The beginning, middle, and climax are the best parts of the movie. But the final scenes could have been logically justified to make the film more realistic and understandable.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH:

Mysskin has set the benchmark for creative films in Kollywood and elevates it with Psycho. With a story that is more than a psychological thriller and a derivation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, what more would you want from a film? Psycho has one of the best combinations of handpicked artistry that’s bound to leave you impressed.

-By Anagha Nair
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