Drishyam 2 is a drama thriller and a sequel to the 2013 film Drishyam. The film is written and directed by Jeethu Joseph and stars Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan and Esther Anil.
Jeethu Joseph and Mohanlal deliver a sequel that is absolutely hard-hitting and engrossing – two words that people don’t usually associate with sequels. After the harrowing events of the last movie, Georgekutty has done what is necessary to keep this family from harm’s way. Although they have mostly moved on, some things never really go away, which is evident from Anju’s PTSD and Rani’s constant fear. However, when the new IG comes back to revisit the case with a vengeance, it is up to Georgekutty to find a way to protect his family, again.
Drishyam 2 asks where your morality lies. Although we know that murder is a horrible crime, we still root for Georgekutty and his family. We want him to succeed and not to be caught. Part of that must definitely be attributed to the ever-enigmatic Mohanlal who is as striking as ever, but the other part is probably a testament to how much the patriarch loves and adores his family and will do anything to protect them. His efforts are true and sincere and without malice. It isn’t about exacting revenge on others, it’s about protecting his family. Although this cannot be used as an excuse, it’s still a strong-enough justification for the audiences’ feelings.
The story, although not as air-tight as the first one, is still as smart and taut as ever. This truly is a good sequel to the first movie and director Jeethu Joseph does most of it right. I was mostly confused when the movie opened and I wasn’t sure which direction it was taking. The starting of Drishyam 2 felt a little slow and sluggish, but after about half an hour the movie picks up the pace and then there’s no turning back. I couldn’t look away from the screen, much less think about anything else while the movie was on. The twist right at the end is absolutely crazy and something you probably wouldn’t think of in a million years.
Now, I’d like to attribute most of the charisma and interest I had for Drishyam 2 to Mohanlal. The man can turn any movie around, I feel, and with this movie, along with a good script, Mohanlal is absolutely brilliant as the smart and scheming Georgekutty. At no point during the first hour and a half of the movie will it ever occur to you that he’s thinking of ways to slip through the police’s fingers. His mannerisms and the way he presents himself and talks to people shows that he’s been caught completely off-guard. However, when the final twist is thrown at you, all of his mannerisms start to make sense.
The rest of the cast, cinematography and direction are great in Drishyam 2. At no point do you feel like you aren’t invested in the movie, there’s not a moment you are pulled out of the experience. The acting, direction, script, pacing and the cinematography all work together effortlessly to bring a 2-and-a-half-hour-long movie that doesn’t bore in the slightest. Listen, Drishyam 1 was a classic, there’s no way any movie can compete with that. But the sequel is a worthy addition to the instalment and does well to create an environment that thrills and chills.
Summing up: Drishyam 2
Drishyam 2 is not a film that will work on its own – for the most part, it’s an extension of the first film. However, it’s Mohanlal’s aura, charisma and smarts that drives the movie forward. There are many characters and storylines added for the sole purpose of adding twists and turns to the story and there are a few loopholes. However, it’s still a good watch and, as said previously, a worthy addition to the instalment.
Drishyam 2 is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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