Indru Netru Naalai Review
Elango and his astrologer friend Pulivetti Arumugam come in possession of a time machine and start profiting from it. However, their meddling with time prevents the death of a gangster, who begins to wreck havoc in their lives.
Time travel movies can easily become a mindbenders but here, there is always clarity in the screenplay — though, sometimes, at the cost of brevity.
The film is also a little short on energy — yes, we laugh at the jokes, wonder at the science and care for the characters but the narrative lacks pep in places making the film a tad overlong.
The director, Ravi Kumar, begins with a gnomic Kurt Vonnegut quote from Slaughterhouse-Five: “All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.” And he continues to ‘explain’ — throughout the film — the sci-fi nuts and bolts that rivet this story.
A fun ride with a time machine
At no time does the concept overwhelm or seem too fantastical. The story is beautifully interwoven with the characters, their situation and the discreetly present time-machine.
Music by Hiphop Tamizha, especially the background score, is apt, and the song Indru Netru Naalai is quite addictive.
Mia George, Jayaprakash, Sai Ravi, who plays the antagonist, and T M Karthik, the geeky scientist, are all equally impressive
From Mundasupatti to Jeeva and now this, Vishnu Vishal is someone who perpetually tries to act in different type of films.
He has done complete justice to his role; not in a single place the film looked artificial or like a sci-fi - a lion’s share of the credit for that has to go to the actors. Mia George looks totally different from how she looked in Amara Kaaviyam.
But overall, Sci-fi films like these, balanced with proper style and substance will open the doors for many more such wild ideas in the future.