Mercury, directed by Karthik Subbaraj, and starring Prabhu Deva, Sananth Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham, Anish Padmanabhan, is an entirely silent horror movie that has a cunning concept which it mines for shocks and thrills, without seeming to be trying too hard for the effects. Its about a group of youngsters who get stuck in a haunted town, whose all citizen’s died because of mercury poisoning. The movie is steeped in the colors of night: green, blues and blacks. The places is swathed in fog, which also adds to the creepy atmosphere. Now, you might be wondering if this movie is really that scary, as it was presented in the trailer. For that you will have to watch the movie, but Prabhu Deva gives a very committed and physical performance as a man who is suffering from Mercury poisoning and the mystery behind whom is more startling than you might think.
The actors who are playing the ill fated youngsters don’t have much to do than look scared and scream at every moment of horror, but they are still authentic, and don’t seem to be phoning it in just for the cause of effect.
Director Karthik makes a lot of nice choices about how he decides to shoot the movie, and some moments are so tense, you can feel your heart clench into a ball as you know something terrible is going to happen. The movie is the first Indian silent movie in 30 years, and if nothing else, you should see it just for this masterful concept that is implemented with penance more of the time.