Irul is a Malayalam language murder mystery. Irul means darkness. The movie stars the trio the Mollywood’s best. Darshana Rajendran, Fahadh Faasil and Soubin Shahir...
The production has spent a good amount of money on the set of the big home where most of the action occurs in Irul. The house had luxurious furniture and was well painted. The movie is written by five people. The movie looked promising in the start but fails to impress by the end. The movie is directed by Naseef Yusuf Izzudin.
The storyline is simple - a couple who go on a trip are stranded in rain with no phones in a lavish, beautifully decorated home with a dark backstory and a serial killer hiding there, so who is the killer? That’s what the whole movie is about, that is to reveal the real killer. And it keeps you engaged and impatient to figure it out and you definitely need to give this a watch. The aesthetic is gothic. Using sounds and visuals like thunder, car breakdown, rain, lightning, mysterious body, and a couple stuck, all adding up to make it spectacular. There are a lot of songs and it’s a musical masterpiece and the end is left for the audience to interpret. The major part of mystery movies is to depend on your instinct to find answers to questions.
The movie had a lot of jumps scares and manages to give you goosebumps..when the three of them go to a cellar or when the two of them confront each other. The shouting match between the three characters was very different and confusing about their motives. A few dialogues were giving a staged feeling.
The cinematography is done very well by Jomon T John. Soubin plays the role of Alex Parayil who is a businessman and a murder mystery author who goes on a weekend trip with a lawyer known as Archana Pillai which is played by Darshana Rajendran. From the start of the movie we see Alex is having nightmares and wakes up mid-sleep and the couple talks a little on the, you can clearly make out that it will not be an ordinary vacation. One night it gets really dark and starts to rain. Alex and Archana end up meeting a stranger played by Fahadh Faasil in an eerie house which from inside has a very yellow lighting and green sheen. The three of them sit and have a conversation. They start a game of whodunnit, who else will do it, and will it be done again. In the beginning, it is just entertainment. Fahadh and Darshan are playing it off well and make it impossible for anyone including the audience to trust either of them. Trying to differentiate the bad and good, to guess who’s honest and who’s lying, attempting to solve a crime is like a mental puzzle. At times, you may even suspect Archana as well. When the climax comes closer, it’s not very impressive. The actors have given an amazing performance and have put in so much effort. The movie would have been even more interesting if it had more layers.
We’d definitely recommend you to watch this movie, it will keep you engaged and you’ll be curious throughout the movie. You should give it a try and take out some time to watch it.