Psycho movie review: A serial killer thriller with a soul

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If you’re familiar with Mysskin’s style of filmmaking, there are no points for guessing that his films are crazy, dark and not light-hearted. His latest work Psycho – a fascinating dive into the psyche of a serial killer – is not for the faint-hearted which he conveys in the very first shot of the film. A woman is mercilessly beheaded and her body is displayed publicly by the killer they reveal whose identity without much hullabaloo, and as he goes on a killing spree, the film gets unimaginably violent and unsettling. Psycho, which is unarguably the most violent film to come out of Tamil cinema. However, it tries to humanize a serial killer with an emotional core and it succeeds. Also, allowing us to empathize with the killer.

Psycho is unarguably the most violent film to come out of Tamil cinema

The film centered on the hunt for a serial killer who has so far killed 14 women. It works both as a serial killer film and as an interesting investigative thriller. When Dagini (Aditi Rao Hydari) is kidnapped and held captive by the killer, Gautam, a blind music conductor who likes her, sets out to catch the killer. Unsatisfied by the way the police department operates; he seeks the help of a former police officer Kamala Das (Nithya Menen), who is now a quadriplegic. As Kamala and Gautam join hands to search for the killer. Also, Psycho unfolds as an effective commentary on what really handicap is and how eyes aren’t the only way to see.

Mysskin likes humanizing so much that he almost makes you shed a tear for the killer. When there’s a lot of debate about whether the rapists of Nirbhaya deserve forgiveness, here’s a story that justifies why it’s essential to empathize with such people, but can we? Early on, we hear a psychologist talk about different types of psychopaths on a radio show. By the end of the film, there’s solid reasoning behind the actions of the killer and it helps one understand the intent behind his killings. Here’s a killer who hacks his victims and collects their heads as trophies. But Dagini’s calmness in captivity leaves him unsettled. However, when she tells him that Gautam will come to save her, he takes it as a challenge.

Psycho isn’t as emotional as Mysskin’s best work

Psycho isn’t as emotional as Mysskin’s best work Pisasu. Also, but it sure works as a cracker of a serial killer thriller. However, that doesn’t hold back when it comes it depiction of blood and gore. It stays true to the genre and achieves a lot more than most films in this space.

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