Director Viji Thampi seems to have forgotten the chemistry to venture into his viewers hearts, in the short interval that he had kept away from films. Here in the movie 'Chemistry' (written as Che-Mystery), he tries all sorts of genres often as a spine-chilling thriller, even as a horror movie and at times as a suspense movie. But every attempt in this messy palette appears muddled, as the movie fails to entertain, in most parts.
The movie is remotely based on a real life event, of the death of three plus-One students, which happened a few months back in central Kerala. But here the students are placed in a convent school, Mount Academy School, where they are found dead inside the laboratory, attempting to drink poison. SP Sreekanth (Mukesh), who is in charge of the investigation goes through the proceedings, but in the next session also enroll his niece Parvathi (Saranya Mohan) in the same school. The girl brought up in the US, shares the hostel room where one of the dead girl was in. And she starts behaving oddly as the ghost of the dead girl 'Gowry' (Shilpa Bala)'gets into the body of Parvathi to solve the murder mystery and to take vengeance.
In the end, we are perplexed to think why we were subjected to all those tantrums on screen, which could have been easily cleared by the handling over of a simple laptop of leads. Together with it, are the clichéd Manthravaadi and the old colourful 'kalam' sequences coupled with the poor dialogues. And the promised suspense and the culprit can be spotted light years away, giving all the direct clues for an observant viewer even before the half way. With no revelations in store and silly attempts to shockers with inane graphics and comedies; a potentially tremendous message oriented plot is lost completely in transition.
Inspired from the scenes of every possible horror and psychoanalysis films, Vinu Kiriyath and Viji Thampi maintains to keep the happenings racy enough to the extent that they keep on bombarding with great pace, but with little to no logic. And to maintain a comic track, Vinu has even borrowed that F' for S' trait of Shahid Kapoor in 'Kaminay' for the character of Jagathy Sreekumar, which even doesn't entertain as the original.
And in the casting side Saranya Mohan definitely had a role of promise at her premise, but with little author backing and uniformly uneven direction, the chances goes astray though the actress had been well, all through. Shilpa Bala, Mukesh, Vineeth, Suresh Krishna and Lakshmi Priya are good in their roles while Harishree Ashokan and Jagathy, are once again wasted in unwarranted sequences.
The technical sides are better with Sanjeev Sankar's fine visuals but songs are presented in the most inappropriate places and even on silliest lyrics.
All in all, this Chemistry, failing to find the right combination to connect with the heart of the viewers, remains as another confused movie that could have been better, if the central concept had been used and presented wisely. Now it's all up to you, whether to have a reaction of this Che-Mystery.