Review: Irul was one of the first movies to roll around Covid-19 restrictions and it looks like a guerilla effort, with most of the movie set in a house and with a cast of just three, but that’s not the one. issue. While Irul is a mystery thriller, most of the questions it would raise in viewers’ minds would be, “Why do the characters behave like this?”
The film has Soubin playing writer Alex Parayil, who has written a thriller with the title of the same name, and Dhanya Rajendran, his busy lawyer girlfriend, Archana Pillai. Alex invites Archana out for a relaxing weekend away from her usual routine, with no cell phones or Wi-Fi, and she gladly accepts after mild persuasion. Alex has a surprise in store for her, but as they make their way up the quiet hill station road on a dark and rainy night, things go wrong. The car breaks down and without cell phones, they are forced to seek help from the nearest house with light.
Fahadh Faasil plays the mysterious Unni. It’s the strange situation, with the murder and the darkness lurking, and the questions that arise among the trio that make up the rest of the film. The incredible acting talent in this film from debut director Naseef Yusuf Izuddin, written by Sunil Yadav, is obviously struggling with the weak script. Jomon T John’s cinematography is elegant, but even at just 90 minutes long, Irul seems just style over substance.