Five mute friends (four men and one women) were affected by mercury poisoning. One day, they decide to party for two reasons.
One is the birthday of the female member in the group and the other is the anniversary of the closure of a company called Corporate Earth, which was responsible for poisoning several people in a village.
However, they stumble upon a dead body (played by Prabhu Deva), which is in no mood to leave them. How the dead man haunts them and whether the five are able or not to come out of his clutches form the rest of the story.
Though silent movies are not new to Tamil cinema, director Karthi Subbaraj can be credited with reviving the genre after a long break.
And he has aptly taken an eerie thriller story, as it requires less dialogues and more visuals, accompanied with good lighting and great sound.
All these are there in Mercury, coupled with power-packed performance by the lead actors, especially Prabhu Deva. Santosh Narayanan’s music and S Tirru’s cinematography are the two big highlights.
On the flip side, Karthik Subbaraj has failed to infuse many scary scenes. Also, he has attempted to explain too much which we feel is not needed.
All said, the Jigarthanda and Iraivi maker, who is set to direct superstar Rajinikanth soon, has delivered one of the better thrillers we had seen in the recent times in just 108 minutes.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Mercury – Screams & Scares
Direction: Karthik Subbaraj
Produced by: Kaarthekeyen Santhanam Jayantilal Gada
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
PRO: Nikhil Murugan
Running time: 110 minutes