Average Critics Rating: 2
Mercury Full Movie Review And Rating
Cast: Prabhu Deva, Sananth Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham, Anish Padmanabhan, Indhuja and Gajaraj
Director: Karthik Subbaraj
Music: Santhosh Narayanan, Mithoon
Producers: Jayantilal Gada, Dhaval Gada, Kaarthekeyen Santhanam
Sananth, Induja and friends on a late night joy ride into deep forest on a SUV. They encounter a corpse (Prabhu Deva) and get into a mess. Induja goes missing and her friends searching for her land in a factory that was ceased after leak of mercury that caused death of hundreds. One after the other gets killed brutally in the factory. Who is killing them? What’s the reason behind it? Will any of them survive?
Mercury comes as India’s answer to latest Hollywood thriller ‘A Quite Place’. Being a silent film that is coming three decades after Kamal Haasan’s Pushpak, Mercury is entailed with strong expectations. Acclaimed director Karthik Subbaraj has got hit thrillers like Pizza and Jigarthanda to his credit. Mercury is well made film with decent technical values that are basic essentials of a thriller.
Story being set in a night for few hours and having no dialogues, obviously it banks heavily on screenplay. Some surprising twists keeps the film engaging. Film takes off on slow note and picks up pace post interval. Suspense builds up gradually in the second half. Perhaps it gets tedious by pre-climax though some unpredictable happenings keeps curiosity factor intact. However, flat and confusing climax hinders the excitement. Mercury rarely offers chilling moments that it promises.
Performances by the budding actors is good. Sananth and Induja pair is good. Prabhu Deva steals the show with his creepy look and weird mannerisms.
Technically the film is brilliant. Sound design, cinematography, production design everything is top-notch. Karthik Subbaraj proves his mettle again with his treatment of this thriller that is made on not so engrossing script. Its like any other cliched horror thriller with just a forced novelty that it is a silent film. Over all, Mercury leaves a dissatisfied underwhelming feel.
Bottom-line: Mercury is a silent killer short of a chiller