Debutant director Jofin. T. Chacko balances Mammootty’s star energy with the script’s content material impressively, however repetitive sequences uninteresting an fascinating premise
Subtlety in presentation is one thing that makers of new-age thrillers (and even horror flicks) give attention to — as a lot because the plot twists and storyline. But when a mainstream star comes into the image, particularly in a star-oriented business like in Kerala, typically subtlety turns into a casualty. In The Priest, debutant Jofin. T. Chacko has the unenviable activity of placing such a stability, however will get away virtually unscathed in letting the content material take priority over the star… though the identical can’t be stated if the movie as a complete is taken into account.
Father Carmen Benedict (Mammooty), who spends extra time on felony investigation than on priestly duties, is investigating a sequence of suicides within the Alatt household, which he suspects to be murders. During the investigation, he comes throughout younger Ameya Gabriel (Baby Monica), who appears to have a number of mysteries of her personal.
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The Priest will get many issues proper within the first half, which stays targeted on a sequence of deaths within the household. In reality, the primary half might even work as a stand-alone movie, for the latter half takes off from there on a special tangent, which has nothing a lot to do with the initial investigation. The one ingredient of shock the makers stored in retailer for the interval won’t be a shock in any respect, for many who have paid sufficient consideration all alongside.
- Director: Jofin. T. Chacko
- Starring: Mammootty, Manju Warrier, Nikhila Vimal, Baby Monica
- Storyline: A priest tries to resolve a set of mysterious suicides, which ends up in surprising discoveries
Even within the second half, when the horror components kick in, the script is on monitor initially, when it manages to retains us guessing and alternately evokes some chills. But earlier than lengthy, issues find yourself all over, with the viewers getting greater than a clue on what the thriller is all about. From this level on, one has to plod on by way of tedious, repetitive sequences for the script to tie up the entire thing formally. The weakest hyperlink is maybe the explanation for among the mysterious happenings, which might make some go, “That’s all?”
Just a few sequences at ‘explaining’ what truly had occurred appears to have been included in all probability as a result of the makers underestimated the intelligence of the viewers. The tone and temper of the entire movie is a bit loud and uneven at varied factors, however it’s nonetheless a notch higher than among the horror flicks in Malayalam.
Mammootty the star, takes a back-seat a lot of the occasions, letting the investigator priest take over, apart from a number of fan-pleasing scenes, which is a welcome shift from lots of his current films. Manju Warrier’s function is nearly a short cameo, whereas Baby Monica steals the present as Ameya. However, among the slightly violent sequences involving the kid might be arduous viewing for different children and even adults.
Coming from a debutant, The Priest works in elements, however falls short after some initial promise.
The Priest is at present operating in theatres