Critic’s Rating : / 5
Parole Movie Review : Unconventional narration and layered plot make Parole an interesting watch
Parole Movie Review: A successful crime drama thrive on surprises, emotions and some intelligent revelations to keep the audience hooked. The makers of Parole clearly know this and they have just managed to get things right. What starts off as a cat-and-mouse game between brothers, turns out into a rustic drama that even touches upon marital rape, abuses in juvenile jail, mother’s unconditional love, childhood trauma and much more. Unconventional narration and layered screenplay without any clichéd sequences that usually accompany a genre of this sorts make things even more interesting.
In the very first scene, we are introduced to young Karikalan, who brutally kills three of his inmates in a juvenile jail. A voice-over by Vijay Sethupathi reveals us that the film is all about hatred between two brothers and what it does to each other’s life. A few minutes into the film, we are introduced to Kovalan (RS Karthik), Karikalan’s (Lingaa) younger brother. He leads a normal life with his mother, who is desparate to meet the Governor to file a mercy plea for her elder son, who is imprisoned for years for the murders that he committed.
Kovalan hates Karikalan as he believes that he has always been looked down upon by people because of the latter’s heroic traits in the locality. Kovalan also thinks that his mother has been partial towards her elder son since childhood and never showers any love upon him. While the reason seems to be silly, we understand that there are many layers intertwined in both their characteristics as the film progresses.
Their mother’s sudden demise brings about a lot of changes in both their lives. Kovalan decides to bring his brother, Karikalan, out from jail on a parole to perform their mother’s last rites. At the same time, Kovalan also plots a plan to end the life of his own brother, who, he thinks, is a murderer and the reason for all the misfortune in their lives.
But who is Karikalan actually? Can his real story and revelations bring about changes in Kovalan’s life and make their mother’s wish for both her sons come true?
During the initial sequences, we find it a bit hard to feel invested in Kovalan’s cause, attitude and Karikalan’s childhood trauma. However, as the film progresses, we get to understand their world and the real issue that the brothers are going through. More than the plot, the narration is stunning. The director first reveals to us who Karikalan is from Kovalan’s perspective and then, breaks layers to make us understand the former’s real face.
The romance sequences are quite interesting as well. We empathise with Karikalan when his girlfriend abandons him even before letting him explain the trauma that he’s going through. One of the main highlights of the film is a courtroom scene, in which Kovalan gets emotional when people around him talk ill about his elder brother. Kovalan and his lawyer, Gifty Maria (Vinodhini Vaidyanathan)’s performances are something to watch out for.
The action sequence in the pre-climax is choreographed really well. Though the violence in the initial sequences is disturbing, after a point, we begin to feel that the plot demands it.
As brothers, Lingaa and RS Karthik perform really well. There is a bit of both realism and heroism in their characters, and they complement the writing well. Kalpika and Monisha Murali, who play both their girlfriends, do a decent job.
There are a few issues in the first half, but they are forgivable as the plot gets intense and intriguing in the second.
Rajkumar Amal’s background score and Magesh Thirunavukarasu’s cinematography really help in elevating certain emotions. Parole is not a great film, but definitely a very good attempt that deserves an applause for its power-packed writing.