: An urban couple Ranjan Mathew (Prithviraj) and Priya (Priya Anand) have just moved to Kochi when powers of the supernatural start to take over their lives. How they tide over the forces forms the story.
: Ezra was announced as a first-of-its-kind horror movie in Mollywood, and naturally you step into the hall with such expectations. However, except for a story-line which makes for a horror movie, there is nothing much in the movie which a horror phobic needs to be wary of.
Ranjan Mathew (Prithviraj) is the founder of a high profile company which does the tough task of disposing of radioactive waste. He and his wife Priya (Priya Anand) make a lovey dovey couple, who have just moved to Kochi from Mumbai. Strangely, they opt for an old crumbling bungalow instead of a flat, which Priya decides to deck up with antiques, one of which happens to be an old trunk with Jewish inscriptions. The trunk means trouble, and the couple soon come across supernatural instances in the house – a creepy figure in the mirror, footsteps on the roof etc. Ranjan seeks the help of a Jewish Rabbi, played by Sujith Shanker who does a commendable job. The trunk is found to contain a dybbuk, a spirit seeking revenge, and chaos follows.
It has to be acknowledged that unlike many horror movies, Ezra has a strong story line. An incident related to a Jewish family from the 40s is woven in, and the scenes from the past are presented in an authentic manner to the last detail, by no means an easy task. Full points to the team which worked out the Jewish customs and traditions as well.
However, the ‘horror’ sequences are few and far in between and don’t really blend with the story, and the general air is that of a normal story set in Kochi, except for the Jewish connections. The timing and build up, which are crucial to making horror work is lacking at many crucial points, and the horror sequences happen abruptly. The background music by Sushin Syam is impressive, though.
The cast have been well-picked and Prithviraj does an impressive job as the young husband who battles the forces single-handedly. Sudev Nair who does an important role, is apt for the role, so is Tovino Thomas as the local cop and Vijayaraghavan as a Christian priest.
Ezra could have been a proper horror film, or it could have been a normal film with supernatural elements but it is neither here nor there.