A 'Whodunnit' after Eons...
Today, every genre of our films is redefined and presented in a new way. But Murder Mystery is one genre which is not dealt with much often in the recent past. Hence, With ‘The Stoneman Murders’, One gets to see after a long time a true-blue Whodunnit mystery flick and that in itself is quite a redeeming factor about the film.
The film revolves around a real-life series of events that occurred somewhere in mid 80s. Sanjay (Kay Kay Menon), a member of the Crime Branch gets suspended due to an accidental murder in his custody. Soon, A series of Murders happen in the city at the stroke of mid-night which have strikingly common factors. Sanjay is appointed by the Commissioner (Vikram Gokhale) as the under-cover parallel investigator. How he unravels the mystery forms the crux of the story.
The Director has done a fine job in living up to the feel of the story and creates an ambience of Intrigue. The audience is forced to point fingers in their psyche at most of the characters at the focal point of the narrative, and hence are glued to the goings-on. Secondly, the period setting is established quite nicely though with a tad bit of exaggeration (Film posters, advertisement hoardings, et al)
However, the execution does slacken up at times, thanks to fragile writing in places. The occasionally predictable gimmicks don’t help either. And the unveiling of the Suspense in the pre-climax is uncomfortably sudden and weak as compared to the rest of the film. But that doesn’t hamper the overall quality of the film.
Menon as usual performs with his trademark sincerity and charm, taking the film to a higher level of respect. The rest of the cast is strictly average. The cameraman captures the locales with fine taste and lends a fine visual quality.
Final verdict :-
Those who dig on Murder mysteries will surely like this one. For the others, Its not a bad watch either.
Ratings – 2.75