Horror is one genre rarely ventured by Malayalam cinema and the movie Ezra stands tall amidst them by marketing fear from the beginning
Ezra was always on top and trending by he rumours from the beginning that the film’s set was haunted, Ezra was always top and trending.
A dybbuk is a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person and Ezra is the story of the dybbuk of Abraham Ezra, a Malayali Jew. A well written screenplay, brilliant direction and perfect performances by the lead cast make Ezra a delight. The first half has all the ingredients of a typical horror movie. But once the plot is set, the movie detours from usual pattern and surprises the viewer.
Director Jay K has debuted with a horror thriller that has a strong plot which unearths the roots of Jewish culture in Kerala. The cinematography by Sujith Vaassudev is terrific and classy. The present and the past have been brought on screen with elegance. The background score by Sushin Shyam is good and induces the required tension and fear in the audience.
Ranjan Mathew of Ezra is Prithviraj’s best performance till date. He succeeds in transforming himself into different shades of the character while Priya Anand in Ezra scores high on looks but is average in acting. Tovino Thomas, Sudev Nair, Vijayaraghavan and Babu Antony have performed well in pivotal roles. Sujith Shankar puts life into Rabbi Markes and stands out with a decent performance.
Ezra is an intriguing thriller camouflaged as a horror movie, with the abrupt ending being the only negative.