Unakenna Venum Sollu is a feel good horror thriller. That's because the movie scares you a bit and makes you think too but neither of that stays with you when you step out of the theatre. The film is majorly well made but the inclusion of age old routine elements to scare people is a huge let down to a decent script. And the lack of emotional connect makes it easier to forget the film.
Unakenna Venum Sollu is about a promise that a dad made to a child, when she was in her mother's womb. The issue is that the couple are unmarried and the child is sent to an orphanage after birth. Unfortunately, the baby dies and her spirit comes to haunt the people responsible for her trauma, especially the couple who gave birth but never got married. What happens next is the 2nd half.
I have to appreciate the director for picking up a huge social issue and making an attempt to convey a message. The screenplay in the first half was very gripping. It was around 60 mins and the uncertainty over the story keeps growing, though few of you can guess the story in first 10 mins. The screenplay slowly sucks you in with some routine scary elements. Post interval the screenplay takes a slight melodramatic route with a flashback and you start to lose interest. But the director somehow manages to bring back some supernatural elements, hypnosis and parallel screenplay in the climax and give the film a neat finish.
Technically, the film looks good. Cinematography and editing were good, though I wished for a few cuts in the 2nd half. Music was very good and complimented the screenplay quite well. Performances wise, everyone did a decent job but they looked a bit rusty and failed to emote at places.
Unakenna Venum Sollu is a decent feel good horror film that drags in the 2nd half with a predictable storyline and routine scary elements, and also lacks a bit of clarity. The director was probably stuck in between and got confused if he wanted a horror film or a message oriented film that makes the society think. I would rather preferred if he stuck to the message part without being melodramatic.