With eerie entertainers becoming the order of the day in Kollywood, ‘Merlin’ helmed by Keera and bankrolled by JSB Film Studios is the latest addition to the long list.
Bascially a psychological thriller, it has other elements like comedy and love too, thus making it a mixed bag of all ingredients.
The story revolves around friends Vishnupriyan, Jeeva and Murugadas, who stay together. While Vishnu is an aspiring filmmaker, Jeeva wants to become an actor.
Once, Vishnu gets an opportunity to narrate story to ‘Attakathi’ Dinesh. The actor, who gets impressed with this, asks Vishnu to develop it into a full-fledged script.
As Vishnu gets busy with his work, he is disturbed by his friends. Hence, in a bid to move them away from the place, he cooks up a story that the house where they are staying is haunted.
But Vishnu’s story becomes real and he starts witnessing paranormal activities. What’s really happening, what happens to these youngsters and whether Vishnu and Jeeva are able to achieve their goals form the rest of Merlin.
Vishnupriyan has delivered a measured performance and he can improve himself in his upcoming movies. Jeeva is good, and he and Murugadas have forged a partnership in presenting comedy scenes.
Ashwini Chandrashekar has got nothing much to do, while Singampuli, Powerstar Srinivasan, Manobala, Thangar Bachan and Dinesh are there in the star cast.
The film’s music was composed by Ganesh Raghavendra, with five different lyricists working on the album. But background scroe is good, when compared to songs. Muthukumaran’s cinematography reflects the mood of the movie.
The director, who has lived up to the promise of delivering an eerie entertainer, could have focused more on presenting all scenes interesting. To sum it up, ‘Merlin’ impresses in parts.
RATING: 3 OUT OF 5