Director Rahul has made 1 A. M. with enough shocking moments to leave you thrilled by the time you come out after watching the film. He needs to be appreciated for making the film with less number of characters and leaving room for everyone to perform. However, the meandering pace at which the story progresses is a major letdown for viewers, especially when the film's plot could have been told in a much shorter time. In addition, few scenes look repetitive. At times, certain scenes make us feel as to if this is the best the makers can offer us in the name of suspense?! There are few instances which also make us question the logic behind the scenes.
Hero Mohan along with the rest of the cast are all predominantly newcomers and the makers have extracted what can be taken from them in terms of performances. Heroine Saswatha, who comes as the ghost enchants us with her ethereal beauty despite the scope for her role being less. Although Pradeep has been cast as the police inspector, who comes in to investigate the case, he doesn't pass off as a brave cop.
With no songs, romance or fight sequences, this film that progresses rather seriously relies heavily on its background score. However, the scenes which require music with intensity is not there and it is a bit of a disappointment. Cinematographer Arun has tried to shoot the film in a way that viewers will get a real life experience while watching it. Although his skills come to the fore at certain instances, majority of the scenes are shot at night and there is no adequate lighting to compliment the darkness.
In short, 1 A. M. could have been better.