‘U’ Certified, 1 hrs 48 mins.
What is the film Mercury about?
A group of five (four boys and a girl) are trapped inside a factory. How do they get stuck and why are they there in the first place and what happens, in the end, is what the film is all about.
How is Prabhu Deva’s performance?
Prabhu Deva playing a distinctive character is terrific. It is a unique performance where the action has a lot to do with physicality. The whole body language of the actor is new and chilling, the way the director has designed it. Prabhu Deva is first-rate.
Direction By Karthik Subbaraj?
Karthik Subbaraj is one of the most talked about talented directors in the country today. There is no doubt in that and Mercury is another proof of that when we watch it on the big screen. The making reflects that.
The problem is the content which is a mixed bag from the director. Despite technical superiority, weak material fails in engaging the audience. For a silent thriller cum horror, there is nothing on offer in either case and also the ‘silent’ part feels forced into the narrative rather than come across as organic.
There is a mood created through visuals in the first half that is breathtaking, but that’s about it. Once the drama shifts to the insides of the factory the wow factor is missing. There are some interestingly staged moments, but the staginess shows onscreen along with the predictability attached to it. The twist given to take out that predictability factor further brings downs the whole effort. It feels like a strange mishmash of genres, in the end.
Overall, Mercury has superb cinematography, and all the actors do their parts well. It is in the content that the film falters, making it a below average fare.
Indhuja and others?
All the principle cast has done a fabulous job when it comes to acting. Induja, Sanath, Deepak, Shahshank, and Anish all get scenes to showcase their talents and they all shine.
Music and other departments?
Music by Santosh Narayan is excellent, and it helps in building the right mood and conveying the emotions appropriately. At times it gets loud, but that is alright. The cinematography is excellent, and the editing is sharp.
Not Enough Thrills
It is not an alternative take, but in the past filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has attempted a movie with a similar premise, only it was executed in a silly manner. The film is Ice Cream 2, and when one watches Mercury, one realises the wasted potential. Unfortunately, Mercury too is a lost opportunity.
Did I enjoy it?
Will you recommend it?
With huge reservations
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