It is not easy to convey things when you are making a silent film and probably that is where Karthik really shows his class, however, we will have to wait and see if a common man would understand everything that the director intends to convey.
Prabhu Deva proves his mettle as an actor. He sends chills down our spine with a terrifying makeup and the reason for what he does and why is shown as menacing as such is a suspense that you will have to know watching the film.
Given that it is a silent film, one would think that the filmmaker would have not much to play with. But Subbaraj manages to use every weapon in his arsenal, starting with the sound effects where the sound design by Kunal Rajan and background score by Santosh Narayanan fill in for the missing words and keep you on the edge.
Prabhudheva as the entity is scary at first. But there are times when his piercing cries get a little too much and are rendered ineffective.
The natural performances put in by these unfamiliar faces is a treat to watch. There is no trace of artificiality. Sananth Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Indhuja, Shashank Purushotam, Anish Padman - they all are spectacular.
'Mercury' is an experimental silent thriller that tells the story of how a group of dumb and deaf friends tries to escape from an unlikely villain.
We think the Prabhu Deva character is a vengeful ghost – and the film does play with those tropes for a while, under a full moon, no less. But look at what we get instead of a “haunted mansion”: an abandoned factory of Corporate Earth, one of those conglomerates that contaminated the earth with poison (mercury, in this case).
One definition of a silent movie is that you have to show rather than tell, and what a magical show Subbaraj and his cinematographer (S Thirunavukkarasu) conjure up – like the moonlit proposal, followed by a waltz between shadows.
Mercury pays tribute to Pushpak right in the beginning, but Kamal Haasan’s classic thriller was silent in the way real silent films were. Karthik Subbaraj has had fun with the undead in Pizza, and the unlovely in Jigarthanda, but this one is a much-too stretched out misguided mess, masquerading as a parable.
If you want to see what real silence can mean, go watch the marvelous A Quiet Place, still running in theatres.