Neerali review: A disappointing survival drama

Neerali review: A disappointing survival drama

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 13 July 2018

Movie Title

Neerali review: A disappointing survival drama


Ajoy Varma

Star Cast

Mohanlal, Nadia Moidu

The title graphics of director Ajoy Varma’s Neerali gives an inkling about the drama that is set to unfold. And soon after, the hero and his friend drive themselves into a dangerous cliff that is several hundred feet above a valley, where the rest of the story happens.

Sunny George (Mohanlal) is a gemologist, working in Bengaluru. His wife Molly (Nadia Moidu) is hospitalized back in their native place, as the couple’s long wait for kids is finally turning true. Sunny rushes to the hospital in an old truck, owned by his company.

Veerappan (Suraj Venjarammoodu) is driving the vehicle. While speeding through a forest area, the driver loses control of the vehicle, in an attempt to save a man on the road. In a matter of some seconds, their truck is on the edge of a cliff, with the front tyres hanging in the air. It’s Sunny’s efforts to come out of the situation that takes the story ahead.

The story goes back and forth, revealing how they reached there and the rest of the characters are added to the narrative in the process. The situation becomes even more dramatic, with Sunny unable to make calls or send messages, as he hasn’t paid the phone bill and Veerappan’s phone lying in an out of reach position.

It’s one of those situation that is similar to the ones we have seen in many films from the past, be it Cast Away, Wrecked, Buried, 127 Hours or Mine. But what makes this one less effective is its incompetent writing, ordinary packaging and predictable situations. With the kind of making that look old-fashioned and weak, this one is far from engaging.

Though it’s a role that is barely challenging for him, Mohanlal performs his role in a dedicated way. Nadia Moidu is there only for a brief period, but she hams it up in a big way. Suraj Venjarammoodu has nothing much to do and Parvathy Nair has to play a hysterical character, which she does pretty fine.

Neerali is a survival drama that doesn’t give as much edge of the seat moments as a movie of this genre should have provided to the viewer.

Verdict - Disappointing

Reactions from Social Media:
esT:)nIon @Estonion

Watched #Neerali A perfect Survival thrillerAround 350 people escaped from theatre after the show. Great

venugopal @venuvakeel
#Neerali update from fans show- Experimental seat edge thriller with excellent technical support. Mohanlal - Suraj combo top notch and second half is the winner. Fans are super happy.

South Tracker @SouthTracker
#Neerali Watched ......
Above average first half and Terrible second half. Totally This Film is Full Disappointing for me
Worst of time and Money
Rating 2 /5

The MovieWrap @themoviewrap
#Neerali had a promising plot but the makers failed to utilize it. The movie failed to thrill the audience. Still it was a good performance by Mohanlal & Suraj and a decent vfx to back up. To wrap up, the movie is rated average.

Parvatii Nair Fans @ParvatiiNairFC
#Neerali is seat edge thriller with excellent technical support and first of its kind in Malayalam cinema. Mohanlal - Suraj combo was top notch and our own @paro_nair act is great and she look gorgeous in the movie.second half is the winner. Fans are super happy. Don't miss.

FOLLOWING @shree_Mirattum
#Neerali nothing impressive in the 2nd half. Everything looks forced and ends up Below Avg.
Screenplay & Direction
Even #Laletan can't save it

VISHNU SHAJI.K @Vishnukshaji45
#Neerali very disappointing movie , good performance by @Mohanlal and Suraj , dull scrit and direction

#neerali strd off so well that we eagerly look forward for the climax... but then it ultimately disappoints!!!

John @johnmathewfk
Stephen Devassi is a world class keyboardist but to be honest music direction is not his job. Another example #Neerali

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