The exciting thing about Rorschach, Nissam Basheer’s new movie starring Mammootty, is that it makes you believe that you broke the tension very early on. And it goes beyond that prediction of ours in a non-shocking way. Written by Sameer Abdul, Rorschach is a brilliant blend of artisanal crafting and detailed writing. With a visual language that keeps the film in that captivating space, Rorschach invites you to participate in the process of unlocking the mystery.
Luke Antony is an NRA who was in Kerala for a trip with his wife. But his car crashes and when he regained consciousness he found his wife missing. Although the police and the natives participated in the search for two days, everyone gradually lost interest. But Luke never withdrew from the quest, and he stayed in that place. Luke’s search for his wife and what happens next can be seen in Rorschach.
Sameer Abdul’s idea is based on revenge. But he goes deeper into the fulfillment of that thought. And that allows Rorschach to enter the paranormal/supernatural space. And rather than turn it into a supernatural revenge drama with great production quality, Rorschach explores the deep-seated dark energy, ultimately creating some fascinating characters in this film. The film does a great job of keeping that element of mistrust around the main character by revealing something new at regular intervals.
Nissam Basheer, who made an emotional drama in the form of Kettyolanu Ente Malakha, is very clear about the visual treatment when it comes to Rorschach. The geography, color palette, etc. plays a very important role in setting the mood for this psychological thriller, and it ensures that it never feels like a staged location like a Bhansali movie. The cinematography of Nimish Ravi is amazing. From the selection of camera movements to the use of those tilted shots, the cinematography unconsciously feeds the audience with the nature of each scene. Kiran Das’ editing keeps the multiple tracks together without really losing sight of it. And I really liked the way he handled that montage to the climax, which sparked so much curiosity around Luke Antony’s intent.
I really like this phase in Mammootty’s career where he seems to be less concerned about the presentation of his characters. Luke Antony may have a superior fashion sense due to his lifestyle, but the movie never really puts that character as a source of swagger. Luke’s rudeness and focus were portrayed minimally and brilliantly by Mammootty. Grace Antony plays a very confident role as Sujatha in this film, and in her combination scenes with Mammootty, it was a pleasure to see her as that character. The only actor who will get a lot of accolades and appreciation after Rorschach is Bindu Panicker. With this film she has invented a new space for herself and the subtlety and conviction in her performance was top notch. Sharaf U Dheen, Kottayam Nazeer, Jagadheesh, Sanju Sivram and Mani Shornur are the other prominent names in the star cast.
Rorschach will be a movie that will get some cool analysis videos after the OTT release. In the posters of the film, one can see different patterns that represent the emotional state of a person in a Rorschach test. And it will be interesting to understand Luke after he knows the story through these patterns. Rorschach never feeds you with the spoon to fill in all the blanks by explaining everything. Everyone around Luke tells their knowledge to the audience. And that last “welcome back” says a lot about the depth of Luke’s revenge plan without talking too much.
With a visual language that keeps the film in that captivating space, Rorschach invites you to participate in the process of unlocking the mystery.
Green: Recommended content
Orange: the middleman
Red: not recommended