Arun Kumar Aravind and Murali Gopi reunite after the hugely popular work Left Right Left and this time they have ropped in Fahadh Fazil to their team along with the script of Jeyamohan. 1 By Two, the latest from this team presents a psychological thriller but sorry to say the presentation lacked any clarity.
The result is a confusing film that tried to much to show. Running to two and a half hours, 1 By Two tries too hard to present a confusing storyline and fails miserably in all departments except for the background score of Gopi Sundar and camera works of Jomon Thomas.
The story revolves around an investment by Crime Branch CI Yousuf Marikkar about an accident that happen and the resulting complications relating to the case. I am not going too much into the story as that would spoil whatever thrill you are going to get from the film if you have plans to watch it.
Direction was good in the first half but towards the end it seems as if Arun Kumar Aravind just left things to happen without any presence from him. Can't complain much as he is helpless here with this confusing script that has many questions left that needs to be answered. The first half is watchable though the proceedings are slow paced but it is the post intermission session that goes endlessly without any direction.
On the acting side, much of the screen presence is given to Murli Gopi who acted his part well but felt as if he was overacting especially towards the end and more particular in the climax sequences. For Fahadh, this is the first cop role in his career but sadly he does not have anything to show here with the character being a half baked one.
Honey Rose was ok and was bold in her portrayal of Dr.Prema but who impressed the most among the actors was quite surprisingly director Shyamaprasad as the psychiatrist.
On the technical side as mentioned earlier, camera work and background score stood out in an otherwise dull film.
In summary, 1 By Two is a disappointing film that promised much especially from the looks of the trailer and the team that was behind this venture. I can't give more than 2.25 / 5, a below average fare from a talented team.
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