9: an epilogue of unpredictable nature

Jenuse Mohamed’s Nine is one of its kind which churns multiple genres for a scintillating experience. Nine opens a scientific account, travels roughly through supernatural and horror elements while sneaking into the psychological genre – it’s a unique opportunity skilfully achieved. While Prithviraj Sukumaran and Sony Pictures debut in Malayalam as Producers, the end product is satisfying than expected. Seemingly, Nine has eerie similarity in terms of relationship dynamics and plot molding with Ezra (2017) and Adam Joan (2017), inevitable nitpicking. And a contingent feeling for a crisp editor preoccupies the mood in a Prithviraj Sukumaran-starrer.

Albert (Prithviraj), an Astrophysicist encounters supernatural elements during a global scientific occurrence of a comet – it’s human vs. nature. With an elaborative and patient Screenplay, Jenuse formulates a relationship dynamic between estranged Father and Son as well as the human survival instinct. During the comet passing, Albert’s son Adam is threatened by supernatural powers – the comet with a lot of scientific account, myths and superstitions bridge the estranged gap between the two. “Humanity at the test”; nature acts in its wildest form sneaking into the psyche, the perspective here is narrowed down from the global astronomical event for an emotional turmoil which plays out effectively.

Albert’s name is derived from Scientist Albert Einstein while Adam recalls the creation of god, it’s an interesting subtext to derive which states the ruddy color of human skin posed against biblical creation. Jenuse Mohamed skilfully mounts unpredictability of two: nature and human nature, its amalgamation closely resembles the navarasas: the nine emotions experience. There’s a sublime beauty in Nine, the navarasas – each standing on its own despite being unanswered and unattended. Adbutha (wonder): Albert encountering the astronomical event. Shringara (love/beauty): Albert’s love for his son and wife. Hasya (joy): Albert’s astronomical joy. Karuna (sorrow): Albert’s demised wife and estranged relationship with son Adam. Bhayanaka (fear): Albert’s dark side terrorizing Adam. Veera (courage/heroism): Albert’s attempt to fight the supernatural powers. Bibhatsya (disgust): Albert’s realization. Shantha (peace/tranquility): Albert’s destination as well as an epilogue.Nine sows and reaps the thriller genre despite its tiresome 149 minutes runtime, it constantly keeps at the edge-of-the-seat being unpredictable. Although Nine concludes with unanswered quests – it’s terrific epilogue suggests a variety of interpretations. Jenuse Mohamed befriends black and red, the darkness of human psyche and symbolism of danger intrigues the mystic elements and endurance. There’s a broader positive outlook which subverts the drawbacks including a requirement for crisp edit, character development, amateurish VFX at places and scene handling. Cinematographer Abinandhan Ramanujam’s intriguing frames captivates coldness of the occurrence as well as relishes upon an enthralling visual experience. From tracking top angles to dominating low angles, Abinandhan lends space for daunting supernatural elevation. Sekhar Menon’s score dominates the mood while the Himalayas magnifies the tranquility of natural and emotional altitude.  Prithviraj Sukumaran delivers a restrained performance on the lines of Ezra and Adam Joan. His demanding role choices fall relatively in the comfort zone, and the choice of scripts remain at par. Uplifted by Master Alok Krishna (Adam) delivering a stellar performance while Wamiqa Gabbi is commendable and Prakash Raj lends an additional weight-age. And fine actors like Tony Luke (featured in Jeethu Joseph’s Oozham) and Mamta Mohandas, whose challenging performances is noteworthy are wasted here in substantial roles.

Nine is a scintillating experience as it reaps the human psyche over an astronomical phenomenon. Director Jenuse Mohamed’s quest shows a solid attempt sans tiresome runtime which renders difficult to decipher the happenings amidst an intriguing first act. Nine resonates an epilogue for the unpredictable nature!


Language: Malayalam
Release: 07 February, 2019
Rating: 3/5


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