In the past director Mohit Suri has told quite a few interesting stories. At such a young age, he is the only director to be enjoying one film of his release practically every year. However 'Murder 2' will certainly be one of his finest films till date as he takes further strides as a filmmaker. First and foremost he gets the story right and secondly, he injects enough moments in it that justify the franchise. Also, he lends a polished feel to the film technically as well by means of superb background score, striking cinematography and an overall dark look and feel.
The film's setting is Goa where women are either getting killed or disappearing for weeks. When ex-cop Emraan Hashmi investigates the cause behind this, he comes across a startling revelation about a psychopath (Prashant Narayanan) behind it all. While most films end at the culprit being caught and his confession closing the case, 'Murder 2' takes a different path altogether. The reason revealed behind all the killings is what makes 'Murder 2' different from other thrillers.
What strikes one's attention at the very beginning is the fact that 'Murder 2' doesn't take even a minute to get to the point. You know that there is a transsexual who is after young women, mostly prostitutes. You also know his modus operandi and the place of crime. Also, you get a fair idea about the gruesome killings that would continue for many more days to come. However what makes 'Murder 2' interesting is the fact that while audience is constantly with the killer, it is the lead protagonist on a chase that makes the proceedings engaging.
Also, the very setting of the scene of murder is haunting to the core. So when a petite girl enters Prashant's den, you know for sure that she would be tormented. Also, when Prashant continues to hum along 'Bheege Hoth Tere', you know for sure that there is terror lurking somewhere out there. Moreover his chameleon like act where he makes conflicting statements, whether in front of women, Emraan or the cops makes one totally engrossed in the proceedings.
On the other hand Emraan plays his part perfectly well for a man who doesn't believe in God, has a past of his own, isn't quite happy in life, doesn't like speaking too much and makes ferocious love to his woman. In fact at places one also finds traces of the character that he played in 'Awarapan', especially the part where he eventually makes peace with God. Jacqueline Fernandez provides quite eye candy moments as she is uninhibited in her body display. However since she isn't playing a happy character in the film, she doesn't really get those feel-good moments for herself that make for a quintessential Bollywood heroine.
Overall the film unfolds as a dramatic thriller and thankfully there are still quite a few individualistic scenes with various twists and turns that keep the thrilling element on right through the 2:10 hours duration. So whether it is Prashant tormenting women in his den, him and Emraan finally coming face to face, the scene at the police station, one of the girls in a hapless situation, Emraan's endeavour to collect clues, the scene at the temple and the psychological investigation - all of these are etched in one's memories way after the film is through.
This doesn't mean though that the film isn't without any blemishes whatsoever. The sob-story sequence between Emraan and Jacqueline is totally passť and doesn't add anything to the film's plot. The scenes featuring the girl who is trying to make her escape eat up a little more footage than needed. Moreover the episode featuring a 'hijra' politician starts off well but doesn't cut much ice towards its culmination. This is the time when there is some repetition too that sets in around Prashant's murderous ways. Also, music - though good - isn't really the highlight here and just fills in as a part of the narrative.
Dark and haunting - This is what describes the mood of 'Murder 2' which is definitely not for the faint hearted. In fact it won't be wrong to say that despite not belonging to the horror genre, it turns out to be far more disturbing than many so-called horror movies that have released in the recent past and have claimed to have brought a new idiom to the genre. So while one did expect sex and violence to form a major part of 'Murder 2', more so due to the franchise that it belongs to, the film throws in a surprise by not just boasting of a strong and a fresh new storyline but also some very strong performances.