Irul Review

A tacky, damp thriller that is stylish but not quite effective!

Siddarth Srinivas -

Irul Review
Platform
Netflix
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
16+
Genre
THRILLER
Language
Malayalam

Irul is Fahadh Faasil’s next straight-to-OTT release following C U Soon, but this time on Netflix. The film dropped onto the platform on the 2nd of April.

What is the story about?

Irul is pictured on three characters – Soubin Shahir and Darshana play a pair who have recently found themselves in a relationship. In order to break away from the shackles of their busy lives, they decide to go away on a retreat, but are caught in the middle of a muddle when their car breaks down. As a result, they move into a house on the highway for the night, but a mysterious man and more surprises await us.

Analysis

Irul takes the route followed by many films in Hollywood, mixing up a slasher thriller and a minimal list of characters. The film just has three characters in total, and takes a simple route and concentrates on that. However, the storyline feels too thin for a film featuring just three characters, as the film seems to drag on even though it has a runtime of just one and a half hours. The lack of excitement in the storyline is the problem here, and it should have been dealt with in a matured manner instead of giving the way to the usual twists that a story like this has.
 

Performances

Fahadh Faasil is once again perfect in a role that asks him to do less. The actor somehow manages to keep the mysterious feel flowing for most parts, and ably supporting him is Darshana Rajendran who plays the vulnerable character in the story. Soubin Shahir is terribly miscast as Alex, and a cooler, more stylish actor would have helped the part more convincingly.

Music & Other Departments

Irul is superb in its technical department, which consists of the striking cinematography, amazing lighting and camera angles along with the chilling background score.

Highlights

Irul’s highlight is definitely Fahadh Faasil’s top performance.

Drawbacks

The wafer-thin storyline which does not excite much is the problem.

Did I enjoy it?

I liked parts of it, but it had to be better on the whole.

Do I recommend it?

Irul is a barely middling thriller that delivers nothing great but for Fahadh’s performance.


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