Netflix Irul Review: Fahadh Faasil-Soubin Shahir starrer could have been a dream project but stayed undone

Netflix Irul Review: Fahadh Faasil-Soubin Shahir starrer could have been a dream project but stayed undone

A writer and his beloved are stranded in the middle of nowhere, a secluded house, a mysterious broody man, and a hanging dead body in the basement. This might just feel like another plot of a thriller, but for someone who is a sucker for thrillers like me, I always sit with a lot of expectations. From the moment I watched the Irul trailer, I was eagerly awaiting the film’s release. I sat down for some really good show but my excitement started to fizzle out as the movie fell flat. 

The film is entirely shot through Archana’s eye, played by the talented Darshana Rajendran. As both her character and us, the audience look for answers through a cat and mouse chase that started over a conversation, the movie successfully built up a good thriller’s tension. But, Irul leaves tons of unanswered questions which could have been revealed to add to the complexities of a good thriller in the second half, and thereby the end wouldn’t have felt abrupt and out of nowhere. 

Irul movie review
Fahadh Faasil’s introductory scene in Irul

‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ is what happened with the script of this movie. It took five people to write the script and plot of this movie which seemed promising in the beginning but in the end, felt like a plan among friends where they ran out of ideas and just settled for something very ordinary. I started guessing the end and it all became predictable. I knew who set the mousetrap up and for whom, along with motive. Even if they kept the same ending but added a bit more distractions while keeping the atmosphere tensed, still it would have been better. 

The part of the movie that I enjoyed was the early scenes of Fahadh and Soubin conversing about Alex’s (Soubin’s character) book. The way both the actors had a face-off while talking about truth, lies, a serial killer’s instinct – is there a motive or just a wild surge of passion – somewhat fulfilled my heart of seeing these two on-screen again. I have always been a huge admirer of both these men of Mollywood because of their craft and script selection.

Fahadh Faasil and Soubin Shahir in a scene from Irul
Fahadh Faasil and Soubin Shahir in a scene from Irul

Though I have always kept Soubin a bit above Fahadh when it comes to the craft, here for Irul, Fahadh’s unhinged performance changed my stance. Both men did their best to keep the pot of mystery boiling and confuse the onlooker as much as they can, but the script makes all their efforts go nowhere. Darshana is good as a lawyer who is going through a hard time trusting the guy she has been dating for the past three months or a stranger she just met. In an early scene, her character states that lawyers make the facts look like truth and it is the court that passes the ultimate judgment, and in an hour we see her in a situation where she needs to take a decision to protect herself and set an innocent man free. 

Soubin Shahir
Soubin Shahir

Irul does make its audience sit back tight till the end but falters its steps and falls into nothingness, just like the scene from the film which actually sets the real pace for it. 


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