Good thing the movie is short. a slight lag can be felt at the end. The twist is good. But the way it was executed could've been better.
Fahad & Darshana: typecasted roles for both. Decent perfect
Soubin's accent 👎👎 Worked well in Sudani & Kumbalangi nights. But not here.
Cinematography - Average.👌👍 #Irul
Despite an excellent cast, the accomplished performers don't really get to point out their prowess, due to the weak script and dialogues
In the initial parts of Irul, when one sees the standard tropes of horror-thrillers, complete with a grand mansion during a secluded area in the dark, a stranded couple, and a mysterious man who seems to have that mansion, one expects the script to own some delightful tricks up the sleeve to upset our expectations.
However, here the trouble seems to be to make sure that the viewers don’t get too much of a surprise and to not try anything out of the tested path. A writer Alex Parayil (Soubin Shahir) takes his girlfriend Archana (Darshana Rajendran), a lawyer, on a weekend getaway. During the night ride, within the pouring rain, the car breaks down. They take shelter during a nearby mansion, where they're welcomed by a mysterious man (Fahadh Faasil). But things, needless to say, take a darker turn soon, with events paralleling those from Alex’s recent book Irul seeming to possess taken place there.
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Right from the start, director Nazeef Yusuf Izuddin places the viewer in Archana’s shoes. She doesn't know where Alex is taking her. She has not read Alex’s book, which she learns from the conversations between him and therefore the man at the mansion is a serial murderer. She is additionally, a bit like the viewer, caught in the confusion of whom to trust between the 2 men, both of whom tell her equally convincing stories to elucidate the happenings within the mysterious mansion.
Yet, beyond the customary jump scares, the film never really manages to send chills down your spine, even at the heights of the confrontation between the 2 men or when the three of them go right down to the cellar to explore the mysteries in there. One standout scene may be a shouting match between the three characters, which could serve to disorient the viewer, who is already confused about the motives of the 2 men.
Some of the dialogues and exchanges have a tinge of artificiality and a staged feeling about them. this is often especially so within the discussion about Alex’s book. Those discussions though present interesting tangents on what proportion the private experiences of writers matter within the content that they produce, these remain as mere diversions. Even during a film with just three characters, the accomplished performers don't really get to dazzle the audience.
If only a minimum of half the eye that was paid to the sound design and therefore the art direction, was given to fleshing out the script and dealing on the dialogues, Irul wouldn't have felt just like the half-baked, half-hearted effort that it ended up as.
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