9 review: Far from perfect, but is a sincere effort!

A sincere effort, Prithviraj's 9 is an interesting watch.

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Critic's Rating: 2.5/5

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Movie Title

9 review: Far from perfect, but is a sincere effort!


Jenuse Mohamad

Star Cast

Prithviraj, Wamiqa Gabbi, Mamtha Mohandas

Director Jenuse Mohamad’s 9  ( Nine )  focuses mainly on an astronomical phenomenon that happens for a period of nine days, where the world goes back to nature. 

Or as the hero says, “let us be human during these nine days.” This means, there won’t be electricity of any kind or Wi-Fi during that period.

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Albert (Prithviraj) is an astrophysicist, who goes with his son Adam (Master Alok) to the mountains (Himalayas)  to witness the scientific phenomenon where a comet will pass close to the earth. As per the advice of  well-known scientist Dr. Inayat Khan (Prakash Raj), a team of young scientists accompany Albert and Adam to the cold hilly terrain. 

Albert is a doting dad taking good care of his son, all alone, after the death of his wife Annie (Mamtha Mohandas). They are staying at a heritage hotel turned holiday home of Dr. Khan, during those crucial nine days.

Things take a different turn when Ava (Wamiqa Gabbi) comes into the story. 

The film is essentially about the relationship shared by the father and the son, narrated with some sci-fi, psychological, horror and thriller elements added to it. Now, it is indeed surprising to see the scientists handling psychology with such ease after a while. We would prefer not to discuss such aspects though as it would reveal the suspense elements. 

Even though it’s a genre that is not seen usually in Malayalam and the makers should be appreciated for such an attempt, it is pretty weird that there is some similarity for 9 in the basic structure to some of Prithviraj’s earlier films like Seventh Day, Saptamasree Taskaraha, Ezra and Adam Joan. If you are familiar with the pattern of those films, the film moves ahead in a highly predictable way.

The packaging is fairly good though some trimming could perhaps have made things look crispier. 

Prithviraj shines in his role and performs in a dedicated manner. Master Alok does his role with lots of confidence. Prakash Raj, Wamiqa Gabbi and Mamtha Mohandas are impressive. 

9 has its moments and takes us for a ride that is pretty new for the Malayali viewer. It may be far from perfect but is a sincere effort for sure.

9 review: Watchable

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