When the trailer of the Jayam Ravi zombie thriller, Miruthan was first released, I was a little skeptical if they could deliver a decent movie. So imagine my surprise when I happened to enjoy Miruthan thoroughly.
The first half is perhaps the best and most happening part of the entire movie. Miruthan is a nonstop visual and audio assault from start to finish. There is barely a breather of 15 minutes where the chemistry between Jayam Ravi and Lakshmi Menon is tried to establish. The way the spread of the outbreak is shown is fantastic. In a snap of a finger, the hero's world unravels as his sister goes missing and his neighbours start attacking him. Zombies look pretty awesome as they lunge and sprint about. Jayam Ravi does not have much scope for showing his acting skills but is still badass as he shoots, stabs and road kills hundreds of zombies. But the true scope emerges near the end, where he displays his emotional and animalistic side which will give leave you awestruck. Director Sakhti Soundarajan adds a little Trantino touch as he gives a romantic ballad score in the climax when the protagonist is involved in a brutal fight with the zombies. The comic timing is perfect and will elicit a few laughs out of you. Best part is, be it the wit or the romance, it all blends seamlessly with the entire plot. The second half is okay, but when compared to such a riveting first half, it is kind of a letdown. The story is established around the 50 minute mark, after which there really isn't much more to the tale. But then, that sums up every zombie flick ever. Lakshmi Menon is just like a doll with no real role except playing the damsel in distress from start to finish.
In the end, it is a very good maiden effort in Kollywood and even in India to make a zombie film. So, please don't compare with Hollywood and go with an open mind and you will enjoy the experience.
Review by Sohom Pramanick from the Internet Movie Database.