Cold Case Review - Story
Assistant Commissioner of Police Satyajith (Prithviraj) takes up a cold-blooded homicide case after an unidentified skull is found in his jurisdiction. He will now have to track down the culprit behind the murder with very little evidence. Can he do so?
Cold Case Review - Analysis
The director of Cold Case, Tanu Balak said the film is a hybrid genre action-horror thriller, and he isn’t far off. The film explores multiple avenues including suspense, drama, horror, and psychology. But the problem is that it doesn’t excel in any of these aspects. The drama looks forced, the suspense is inexistent, the horror element looks far-fetched, and the psychological aspect doesn’t gel with the plot.
Prithviraj Sukumaran tries his best to ooze life into the proceedings with his mature performance. Aditi Balan, who is usually much more than a decent performer underplays a few quintessential expressions and nuances. The rest of the star cast fit the bill and deliver fine performances.
The forgery and identity theft angle that has been incorporated into the core plot does have a fresh feel to it but the presentation isn’t conniving enough. This track looks way too convenient.
There is this one particular sequence where a blind psychic uses scrying methodology to communicate with a supernatural force behind the entire mystery and it packs a punch. The way in which the protagonist traces the culprit i.e., the investigation part isn’t of top-tier quality but it does the job and maintains the tempo, albeit for a very brief period of time. That is just about the positives of this otherwise lackluster whodunnit mystery.
The film has a good premise but the director Tanu Balak bites more than what he can chew and that ultimately acts against the cause.
Cold Case Review - Verdict
Cold Case is a multi-genre film with a good premise but it lacks the desired impact when it comes to suspense and drama. It might make for a below-par one-time watch if you really want to give it a try.