‘Mercury’ is a silent horror thriller film directed by Karthik Subbaraj. Silent doesn’t imply to the kind of movies of the Charlie Chaplin times, here it’s only that the film does not have dialogues, but is backed by impressive background music and excellent sound effects.
Since ‘Mercury’ is a dialogue-less movie, the language of the movie is irrelevant. The only difference in the Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi versions are that in the beginning of the film, there are newspaper reports shown on the mercury poisoning. In Tamil, it is shown in Tamil and in Hindi and Malayalam in the other versions.
Therefore, everyone, irrespective of the language they speak, can relish this movie.
There have been many tragic instances in our country, where many people have been killed due to poisoning from the toxic gases emitted by factories. The tragic Bhopal gas tragedy that shook the country in 1984 is still fresh in our memory.
In a similar manner, population from a whole area was wiped out due to the mercury poisoning from a popular company named Corporate Earth in the high range area.
The few survivors of the tragedy were affected for their life time. They transmitted the poison to the next generation as well. Babies born in this area were disabled and handicapped. Most of the children were deaf and dumb in the region. So naturally, there were special schools too.
Five friends, the scapegoats of the mercury poisoning tragedy, deaf and dumb by birth, come together. They had studied in the same special school and were thick friends. The team has one girl and four boys.
They arrive at the infamous Corporate Earth premises on the high range with the intention of celebrating their vacation. They stay in the guest house and celebrate their holidays all night.
An untoward incident that takes place there turns into a horror element, thereby bringing in a supernatural effect into the story. This is what the film is all about.
Since all the characters in the film are deaf and dumb, there is no relevance for dialogues whatsoever. Prabhu Deva, who has handled a prominent role in the film is also an another victim of the tragedy.
The characters of the five friends are portrayed by newcomers. The characters are presented by Sananth Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Aneesh Padmanabhan, Shashank Purushottam and Indhuja. Gajaraj appears in the role of the servant of the guest house, when the five youngsters come to stay there.
Though there’s nothing new to be claimed in story of the movie, and though the film has an ambience akin to the Hollywood horror movies, the excellent direction and the finesse of cinematography are worth applause.
The camera moves of ‘Mercury’ is dealt by the famous cinematographer, Tirru.
Another striking feature of the film is its superb background score. The music in the film is done by Santhosh Narayanan. The editing in the film is accomplished by Vivek Harshan.