Malayalam superstar Mammootty is out with his latest release, Parole. The film is based on the life of Alex (Mammootty) who is quite an adored prisoner. Helmed by debutante director, Sharrath Sandith, who has worked with the star for over a decade in advertisements, the movie is based on a real life story. Besides Mammootty, the movie also stars Miya George who plays the actor’s sister and Ineya his wife. Suraj Venjaramoodu has a pivotal role as Varghese, whose clandestine actions have far-reaching repercussions on Mammootty’s family. The film hit screens today. Let’s find out what the critics had to say..
The Times Of India : The film has some colourful and uncluttered frames; in fact too clean sometimes – especially the jail sequences. Parole has the elements that would appeal to a family audience – action, drama and sentiments – but a taut script and trimmed first half would have made it an even more engaging venture.
The Indian Express : Mammootty’s performance as Alex, a defeated middle-age person who is resigned to his fate, comes as a saving grace. He has staged a subtle performance in scenes where he’s longing to meet his son or the scenes where he swallows the insults hurled at him, gets our attention for a while. Alex is powerful when it comes to helping people in distress, but he becomes powerless and helpless when it’s time to provide for his family.While we can spot lazy writing in every scene, the film’s cinematography by Loganathan Srinivasan is noteworthy. Each frame looks like a painting, especially the scenes set in the backdrop of scenic mountains of Kerala. Loganathan’s work is only among a few good things in the film, apart from Mammootty.
Financial Express: The first half of the movie is slightly slow as the director tries to build up the pace. The interval comes at an interesting point where the audiences are left in shock with a scene that sets up the second half of the movie nicely. There are two bone-crunching, high-flying, slow-motion action sequences, several Good Samaritan acts and a romance where the female protagonist is blown away by the hero’s idealism, everything that you are used to of seeing in a Mammootty movie. Filmmaker Sharrath does a decent job with his debut directorial feature film. He is let down by the script at some parts where the movie distracts from the central plot, interrupting its flow.