Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Director: Ranjith Sankar
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Story: Sunny (Jayasurya) arrives in Kochi from Dubai during the pandemic and has to stay in quarantine at a hotel until he is proven fit and healthy. He is undergoing professional and personal stress and is looking for a way to put an end to his mental strain. How did his short lonely stay at the hotel change his condition forms the rest of the story.
Performances: Jayasurya is the only actor in the film. Nobody else appears except for a few seconds. This is Jayasurya’s 100th film and he has really done a great job in holding the film with his emotional, confused and traumatic performance.
Technicalities: Camerawork is splendid. The luxury of the Grand Hyatt hotel and scenic views surrounding it have been captured well along with providing a moody and dark tone in order to stay in sync with the protagonist’s mental state. Music is another strong supporting factor to the film, both in terms of song and background score. Editing is neat and the runtime too is short at just 93 minutes. Some dialogues were good.
Analysis: The story of the film is basically about a man dealing with his mentally depressed state during the pandemic when he is forced to stay alone for a few days. This story will surely connect with a lot of people who may have experienced similar situations in recent times. The intent of the film and the message that it wants to drive home are good but the execution could have been more impactful. The story requires us to connect deeply with the protagonist but the scenes aren’t strong enough to develop such a deep connect but they are fine enough to get an understanding of what the person is going through. Some interesting scenes and conversations make up for the slightly duller and uneventful ones. The climax could have been better.
On a whole: Sunny is an immersive study of a character’s mind. A short and simple watch if you are seeking something different and experimental.