Monday, April 14, 2014

7th Day (7th ഡേ)

Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran (David Abraham), Janani Iyer (Jessy), Vinay Fortt (Shan Shahar), Anu Mohan (Vinu Ramachandran), Tovino Thomas (Eby), Praveen Prem (Cyril), Yog Japee (Charlie), Joy Mathew (P.T.R. Bhattathiri)
Genre: Investigative Crime Thriller
Direction: Syamdhar
Production: Shibu G Suseelan
Written by: Akhil Paul
Cinematographer: Sujith Vaassudev
Editor: John Kutty
Music: Deepak Dev
Studio: Movie Junction
Distributed by: August Cinema
Release Date: 11th April, 2014
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes
The Plot:
7th Day (7th ഡേ), is the journey of a suspended Crime Branch Investigation officer David Abraham (essayed by Prithviraj Sukumaran) to solve the mystery behind a suicide incident. On the eve of X’Mas, David’s Jeep hits two youths riding a bike - Shan Shahar (Vinay Fortt) and Vinu Ramachandran (Anu Mohan). Vinu gets minor injuries. David feels apologetic and offers lift to them to take them to hospital for Vinu’s first aid. But Vinu gets missing from the hospital. David and Shan search for Vinu at almost every possible location in the town but fail to find him. David does ask Shan whether there is any problem, but Shan does not open up. David finds Vinu’s wallet in his Jeep and reaches his place, but the suicide news of Vinu waits for him there. That is when, David decides to come back to Shan and assures him of his help even if he is in trouble. Ultimately Shan opens up and shares with David in regard to the problem in which he and his gang of friends Vinu, Jessy (Janani Iyer), Eby (Tovino Thomas), Cyril (Praveen Prem) are trapped.

Rest of the movie is all about how Shan and his friends became victims to the  problem, how they are threatened by a mafia gang member Charlie (Yog Japee), how David follows the case of Vinu’s suicide, what actually happens on the 7th day, how he understands the 7th day happenings, how David connects between the various instances, how he reaches to the root of the suicide mystery etc. His reasoning, seeking logical answers to various questions leads to the final stroke of the movie which is a climax worth to be watched for.

Official Trailer:

Direction and Story Writer:
Syamdhar has done a good job as a debutant director. His work could have been brilliant provided the pace was a bit more intriguing.

Script, Dialogue and Screenplay by Akhil Paul are good so as to lead the audience through to the very end. Logically written.

Cast and their Performance:
Prithviraj as David has done a brilliant work. His face emotes wonderfully. Great voice modulation. He is very convincing as David. His dark, thick-trimmed glasses and palpable white hair strands absolutely suit his character. He is cool and composed. The smiles (of various shades) on his face are very much noticeable.

Another good performance is by Vinay Fortt as Shan Shahar. Rest of the cast have also given good performances.

Sujith Vaassudev has captured the frames very realistically. The night shots are very good. A special mention of his shot of waterfall.

Music by Deepak Dev is just fine. The background music is good, and full of energy. Songs could have been much more better.

Moments to watch out for:
The climax

Thumbs up:      
Prithviraj is a delight to watch. Watch it, if you like investigative movies.

Thumbs down:
Drags are felt. Takes a bit longer time to develop the plot. Slow-paced movie.

7th Day – watch it to unravel the mystery…

Rating: 3.5 / 5 (Good +)