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Miral Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Friday, May 17, 2024 • Malayalam ]
Miral Review
Cast:
Bharath, Vani Bhojan, K.S.Ravikumar, Meerakrishnan, Rajkumar, Kaavya Arivumani
Direction:
M Sakthivel
Music:
Prasad S N

Miral revoles around a young woman who experiences scares due to a mask man and the mirror and the dreadful dream involving the mask man and her family comprising of her husband and child. How she overcomes it form the interesting part.

Rama is going through a mental breakdown and her husband Hari, an architect, is taking care of her. Rama`s parent asked the couple to visit their family temple in Polachi to make things better for them. On their way they encounter a weird stranger with a mask on his face who starts damaging their car. Will they escape him?

Story

Hari, a pragmatic civil engineer(Bharath), is consumed by worry for his wife Rama (Vani Bhojan). She's plagued by disturbing dreams and unsettling occurrences, leaving him desperate for answers.  Determined to find a solution, Hari decides to perform a traditional ritual at Rama's ancestral village.

Accompanied by his wife and their young son, he arrives at the village, ready to undertake the ritual. But as they prepare, a series of unsettling events unfold, shaking their resolve and casting a shadow of doubt over their intentions.

The story unravels as we meet Rama's parents (KS Ravi Kumar and Meera Krishnan), who hold secrets of their own. Adding to the mystery are Hari's close friends, Anand (Raj Kumar) and his wife Hema (Kaavya Arivumani), whose presence in the village seems far from coincidental.  Furthermore, the arrival of a local police officer (Arjai) adds another layer of complexity, as he investigates the strange happenings and becomes entangled in the unfolding drama.

With each passing moment, the connections between these characters deepen, revealing a web of secrets and hidden motives that intertwine with the ritual and the disturbing events plaguing Rama.  Will Hari succeed in finding answers for his wife's plight?  Or will the secrets of the village bury them all deeper in the darkness?

Analysis

Miral attempts to terrify audiences with an onslaught of supernatural occurrences and jump scares, but ultimately falls flat due to a predictable plot twist that undermines the entire experience.  While the film initially draws viewers into a trance of suspense with its  effective use of sound design and visual effects, the  reveal in the pre-climax leaves a bitter taste of disappointment.

The film hinges on a limited cast, with Bharath and Vani Bhojan carrying the weight of the narrative.  Bharath, known for his romantic roles, delivers a convincing performance as the worried husband, navigating emotions of love, fear, and grief with aplomb.  Vani Bhojan also shines in her role, conveying the unsettling experience of being haunted effectively.

While KS Ravikumar (playing the father-in-law) delivers a competent performance, his character feels somewhat contrived.  However, Rajkumar's portrayal of the pivotal character is genuinely compelling, bringing depth and authenticity to his role.

The film's greatest flaw lies in its overreliance on the background score to create a sense of dread. The reliance on shock tactics, without building a believable foundation for the horror elements, ultimately feels forced and ultimately fails to deliver a genuine sense of fear.  

The technical aspects, while commendable, are ultimately wasted due to the lackluster script.  Prasad's score, while effective in creating an atmosphere of unease,  does little to alleviate the predictability of the plot.  Similarly, the cinematography by Suresh Bala and editing by Kalaivanan create impactful "jump scares", but without a compelling narrative backdrop, these moments feel hollow and ultimately lack resonance.  The Telugu dubbing also is not in place and viewers got disconnected with in minutes into the narration.

Verdict

While director Sakthivel demonstrates technical proficiency, the film's greatest downfall lies in its uninspired storytelling. The twist, which seemed promising on paper, loses its potency upon revelation.  In the end, Miral leaves audiences feeling cheated, having been lured into a narrative trap that ultimately delivers a hollow and unsatisfying conclusion.

Rating: 2.25 / 5.0

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