directed by Jay K
Prithviraj Sukumaran as Ranjan Mathew
Priya Anand as Priya
Tovino Thomas as A. C. P. Shafeer Ahammed
Sudev Nair as Abraham Ezra
Vijayaraghavan as Fr. Samuel
Sujith Shankar as Rabbi Marques
Pratap K. Pothen as col. Nambiyar
Babu Antony as Rabbi David Benyamin
Mohan's measure ✳
Ezra is the stuff of classic horror movies; indeed it is refreshing in that it adheres to the stereotypical Western formula. A couple moves into a dreary old mansion and unlocks a box containing the spirit of an angry soul. Weird sounds, strange facial expressions, ghosts in the mirror, a creepy looking priest, all the stuff is right there and hits us at just the right time for a scary, albeit predictable tale.
There is one problem. The story is supposed to be Jewish! For those less familiar, unlike Catholicism, Judaism is a pragmatic religion, emphasizing life on this earth and our relationship to other people as being more important than qualifying oneself for Heaven. As a result, there is little if anything, about creepy ghosts, possession, or any of the other things which make a horror movie...well...horrifying.
While the only Hebrew word in the movie, "dybbuk" - a lost soul who possesses the body of a living person - is known in Orthodox Judaism, it has been described by Rabbis as being more of a psychiatric condition, rather than a supernatural one.
Super, however, as always, is Mr. Prithviraj, whose red, sleepless eyes and worried constitution convinces us that something is not quite Kosher with his pretty bride. But this is superseded by an image of a Jesus-looking Rabbi in Catholic garb (with white collar), the Chief Rabbi reminding us of Gandalf, Gregorian chant passed off as Jewish hymn, and an exorcism replete with Jewish guys losing their Yarmulkes as they fly across the room. Worse yet, the Jewish exorcist wears a cape which has a yellow star on it - someone call B'nai B'rith. And since when did the Star of David serve as an icon?
If this is a Jewish movie, then I'm the Flying Nun.