Syam Dhar's directorial debut '7th Day' is arresting and clever for the most part, though it could have been a drum tight thriller had it covered up the potholes in its script. As such the gut punches that it delivers are quite powerful and the twists and turns tempting.
Shan (Vinay Forrt) and Vinu (Anu Mohan), Cycle (Praveen Prem), Eby (Tovino Thomas) and Jessy (Janani Iyer) are as close as five friends possibly could be. Yet, a series of incidents send the group scampering for their life, and with none to turn to, the youngsters devise solutions of their own to get out of the mess that they are embroiled in.
And it is thus, that on Christmas eve, Shan and Vinu run into David Abraham (Prithviraj), a cop who is under suspension, and reveal to him what had upturned their lives. David offers to help, and goes about investigating the matter, eventually coming up with startling disclosures.
'7th Day' is a film that does manage to grab your focus, what with the numerous turn-arounds in the plot that engage you consistently. There is plenty of intellectual gaming on, and the film never for a moment lets you off the hook.
The supposedly distinct twist that should make you pop open your mouth in sheer amazement comes by at the very last minute. However, I should add that it should be no surprise for the diligent ones among you, as the revelation is quite obvious, if you have been keeping a keen eye on things.
This film could have made an even more delightful thriller, had the loopholes in the script been sewn tight. But there are quite a few apparent loose ends hanging here and there, that does lend an unfinished feel to the film.
It's surprising that Prithviraj had agreed to do a role that does not require him to move mountains, and at times it even feels like a sober version of the role that he had played in 'Memories'. He looks incredibly dapper, and proves unmistakably why he is the man who makes this film work.
The supporting cast is pretty much fine, and I would pick Tovino Thomas from among the lot as a favorite, who with his under toned performance almost save s an otherwise over the board climactic scene from being washed away.
Sujith Vasudev comes up with some brilliant visuals that tremendously match the thriller air of the film. The art direction however does leave you puzzled at times, and at least on an occasion or two adds up a few questions other than the ones that have been devised by the script.
Despite all the lingering questions that remain, '7th Day' could very well qualify as an appealing thriller that keeps you guessing all the while. Here is a solid first-up effort from Syam Dhar & Co. that does deserve a loud round of applause.