Title: Cold Case
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Aditi Balan, Athmeeya Rajan, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli
Director: Tanu Balak
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Story: A skull kept inside a garbage bag is found from a lake and ACP Sathyajith (Prithviraj) is assigned the task of finding the victim and the killer. In parallel, Medha (Aditi Balan) moves to a new house with her daughter and she starts experiencing paranormal presence in the house so she decides to find out the reason and person behind it. How did these two separate people and paths get interconnected and did they find the people they were looking for or not forms the rest of the film.
Performances: Prithviraj is neat in his role. The role is a cakewalk for him. Same applies for Aditi Balan. This is a role which could have been done by any Malayalam actress but don’t know what made the makers go for Aditi Balan in particular who has the calibre to do more challenging roles. Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli and rest of the supporting cast were neat.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good and there is good difference shown between investigative and supernatural portions. Music is another plus point. The background score is effective when required and sound design work too is very good and it can be best experienced with good quality speakers. Editing also deserves a mention as the entire first half runs in a parallel mode and the editing is nicely done at that time. Production team also deserves an applause for successfully pulling off this film during the pandemic amidst so many restrictions.
Analysis: Firstly, the story of the film is appealing and has enough elements to attract fans of the genre but moves within the usual template for these kind of thrillers. Amidst so many investigative crime thrillers are being made these days, this film slightly stands out from the rest because of the addition of the supernatural angle to it. The film would have been the same even without it and would have had an engaging output with the investigative portions alone but the supernatural angle doesn’t harm or ruin the film in any way through it’s inclusion. It just spices up things a bit more and results in a neat fusion of genres. The horror portions were genuinely spooky at times added with the good work from the sound department. However, some may find this entire portion as an unwanted inclusion. The film is mostly engaging from start to end and delivers a decent climax reveal which is a must in this genre. The climax reveal is not any knockout punch though but is satisfactory enough.
On a whole: Cold Case is an engaging investigative supernatural thriller and definitely worth the time if you are a fan of the genre.