Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir, Darshana Rajendran
Director: Naseef Yusuf Izuddin
Streaming on: Netflix
Story: Alex (Soubin Shahir) and Archana (Darshana Rajendran) set out on a weekend getaway without mobile phones to spend a quality time together. Their car breaks down in the middle of the forest during heavy rain and they rush to a nearby house for help. What mysterious events happened next forms the story.
Performances: Fahadh Faasil has given his usual best as always. It’s Soubin Shahir who steals the show here. He gets a slightly complicated role to play and he has done a fabulous job. Darshana Rajendran is good. The movie revolves only around these three characters and nobody else has any space in this film.
Technicalities: Irul is technically good. Camerawork is neat and apt for a dark and rainy thriller. Background score is good. Editing is neat.
Analysis: Irul starts off well and turns into a whodunit thriller midway. The buildup and tension in the proceedings are good but they don’t add up to provide a satisfactory output and ending. The movie had good scope to be a suspenseful thriller but there are not really any edge of the seat moments. Entire film take place inside a house. There are a few twists but they don’t work as much as expected and may even be guessed by few. The performances, making, short runtime and the buildup keep us hooked and engaged but the ordinary climax and absence of major thrilling moments made this film just a watchable ordinary thriller by the end with nothing too impressive in it. The writing team could have done a better job in making the film more thrilling and unique.
On a whole: Irul has a good setup and buildup for a thriller but ends up on an ordinary note.