IBTimes India Rating: 3.5
"Ivide" starring Prithviraj, Nivin Pauly and Bhavana in the lead is yet another masterpiece by Shyamaprasad.
The director, who is often known for narrating stories of complex emotions of human psyche, has managed to pull off a decent movie on that aspect, but "Ivide" does not come across as an impressive thriller.
The story of the film revolves around Varun Blake (Prithviraj), Roshni Mathew (Bhavana) and Krish Hebbar (Nivin Pauly). Set in Arizona, the movie begins with death of an IT professional of Indian origin and Varun takes charge of the case. Soon he discovers that this is not the only death and that but have been several similar deaths. He then decides to find the killer.
Parallel to this is Varun's personal life, which includes a failed marriage with Roshini and a daughter. The failed marriage has a lasting emotional effect on him and he refuses to move on. At the same time, Roshini finds solace in Krish, who is her boss and was her classmate. However, she realises that Krish is not a man of integrity as she expected him to be and there are many more complex layers to him than she had imagined.
"Ivide", as said before, is about emotions and human mind – how it copes with situations, insecurities and struggles. All the three actors have delivered their best for the role. Prithviraj looks matured and fits the bill perfectly and Nivin at the same time does a great job in bringing a suspense element to the movie. Bhavana for a change stays well in the character and brings credibility to her role.
"Ivide" does not have any high or low points as such and it is not sure if that was a deliberate attempt by the director, who was also successful in making sure that the movie stayed away from the element of predictability. But the issue here is that the thriller aspect of the movie goes amiss and the film barely conveyed any suspense at all.
Besides the performance of the actors, it is the background score and the songs that will impress viewers. Gopi Sunder will immerse you gracefully into his music and cinematography by Eric Dickinson has been impressive and has set the right tone for the movie. Editing by Manoj made sure audiences stay glued to their seats.
Overall, "Ivide" by Shyamaprasad is a worthy watch for the way he has crafted his characters.