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Direction: Karthik Subbaraj
Behind the Screens:
Dancing Star Prabhu Deva is busy with acting these days. Despite the movie results, the actor is more focused on delivering different subjects and in the process, he came up with a multi-language, silent thriller. Mercury. Let us see how the movie releasing today has fared with the audience.
A group of five deaf and dumb friends go on a road trip to celebrate the anniversary of the closure of a company but they unintentionally kill a man (Prabhu Deva) in their way. They were shocked by the unexpected crime and silently bury the body in a forest. But then, the dead man comes alive and torture them. What happens next in their lives forms the rest of the story.
The entire story revolves around Prabhu Deva and the five youngsters who commit the crime. They have the necessary helpless looks which make them perfect for the characters. Prabhu Deva is a perfect fit in a negative role. His expressions take the character and the film to the next level.
Director Karthik Subbaraj did a decent job with the film. Major success is deriving the characters to support the film’s concept. His narration, especially in the second half, is interesting. Camera work and Production Design are excellent for a film of that theme. The entire setup of the story will involve the audience in to the scene of action. Sound Effects by Kunal Rajan and Background Score by Santosh Narayanan are spell bounding.
Attempting a silent film will deprive the director of a powerful medium of voice but the director ensured that it is masked very well with the excellent use of the technical departments like Cinematography, Sound Effects, Background Score, Production Design etc. The first half of the film is boring as the director takes a good time to establish the character but the second half instills a lot of interest. A chasing scene of Prabhu Deva and two members of the gang is superb. Mercury is more of a Freemake of Hollywood film, Don’t Breathe with some sentiment induced. It runs on a serious note from start to the end and may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Mercury – Interesting But Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea
Cast: Prabhu Deva and Others
Director and Writer: Karthik Subbaraj
Producers: Kaarthekeyen Santhanam, Jayantilal Gada
Music: Santosh Narayanan
Editor: Vivek Harshan
Banner: KFC Entertainments
Release Date: 13th April 2018