Slasher thrillers are a genre very common in Hollywood, with many jump scares and moments that would shock the audience. When a director from Tamil Nadu came forward attempting this, it is indeed interesting to check out the result.
For starters, Miral is a story that starts off very well. Rama (Vani Bhojan) has been getting nightmares for quite a while, and Hari (Bharath) is a man who is troubled by the same. When he gets advice from surrounding that he should visit the deity and offer prayers, he abides by the same and visits Rama’s hometown. However, he is forced to get back home quickly due to work pressure, and the family of 3 leave the hometown at night, only to encounter horrors on the way.
Miral is quite interesting with respect to its plot, but the film does not manage to pack in thrills one after the other and is more busy paving the way to jump scares. The film successfully keeps our interest pinned in the first half, but the second half is a line of yays and nays. The ending is debatable and may not work for all, as it is quite a downer to see director Sakthivel resorting to the usual social message for the finale. On the whole, the film is saved by its jump scares and the guessing factor that keeps the ball rolling.
Bharath and Vani Bhojan offer good performances to the film and are very good in the scary scenes, but their chemistry together as a pair is a bit off. The film’s best casting may be KS Ravikumar, who makes a mark whenever on screen. Rajkumar is loud and erratic in his performance.
The film has very good technicalities – the music by Prasad SN is definitely a plus point, and the cinematography too is on point.
On the whole, Miral is a decent thriller that proves that it is possible to make a horror film without a haunted house or a possessed being. The film does not achieve its potential but may suit fans of the genre. Miral Movie Review by Only Kollywood