Telugu movie “Mercury” hit the screens in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Friday, April 13, 2018.

“Mercury” is the first wordless automaton, thriller which is based upon a true story of mercury poisoning in a non-descript village in South India. The film is directed by Karthik Subbaraj and stars Deepak Paramesh, Anish Padmanabhan, Sanath Reddy, and Prabhu Deva.

Public review

The storyline consists of the lives of five people in the early twenties who have been rendered speech deficient because of mercury poisoning caused by a corporate house.

It loosely hints at Unilever, and it's notorious thermometer factory which was abandoned in the eighties without any proper disposal of mercury which led to the inhabitants of the nearby villages suffering from the ill effects of the heavy metal.

The four men (Anish Padmanabhan, Deepak Paramesh, Sanath Reddy, and Shashank Purushotham) and a woman (Remya Nambeeshan) use different signs to communicate.

Trailer

Though dubbed as a silent film, it is filled with exotic sounds and music. Santhosh Narayanan’s music does not feature any words but is filled with earthy and atmospheric tones.The music is a bit jarring in the first half and makes it a bit of an effort to understand what the characters are trying to communicate. The film has no subtitles, and this is a significant disadvantage.

The setting of the flick, a decaying industrial work sprawling across a vast expanse of corroding machinery and glass bottles is perfect and spooky at the same time. There are dirty saucers, decaying pipettes’ and burettes in wash basin s with rotting faucets, all ideal sets for this haunting story.

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