Delete review: Well-crafted, arresting mystery thriller

Netflix’s Delete follows Aim and Lilly trying to get out of their current relationships to be together, using a supernatural device they happen upon by chance.


Aim and Lilly love each other. They both wish to be together, but Lilly is married and Aim has a girlfriend. Before they can confess to their respective partners, their affair is busted.

Lilly’s husband Too asks her to give their marriage another chance nonetheless, knowing she’s pregnant with Aim’s baby. Meanwhile, Aim’s girlfriend Orn wishes to go back to how they used to be as well, but Aim can’t do that, which compels Orn to go ahead and publicize his sex tape with Lilly.

Lilly is asked by a young girl in the market to capture a photo with a strange phone. Lilly captures the girl’s picture, and the girl disappears in an instant. Aim learns about it too and tests to confirm the supernatural claims. He later learns about Orn, making her disappear.

However, Lilly can’t do the same with Too, and later gets kidnapped herself. Her phone is stolen by Too’s sister June. Aim and Too suspect each other. Captain Yutthachai turns out to be a crucial part of this hullabaloo and also the father of the girl who Lilly met and deleted at the supermarket.

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Yutthachai deletes June and gets the phone back. Before he can reach home to delete Lilly, who he had kidnapped, to revive his daughter, Lilly escapes. He catches up to her and deletes her. Too finds out about it and deletes Yutthachai. Lilly decides to remain with Too.

Crushed by guilt, Aim decides to revive Orn by deleting himself, which Too helps in with ease. Lilly goes to stop this from happening but is late in doing so.

Orn comes back, and Aim is deleted, and before she can confront Too, Lilly finds out about the basement at the stable, where decomposed bodies of girls are kept inside several containers.

Too get suspicious about the box which Lilly is hiding inside but before he can get to her, Delete rolls the credits.


Nat Kitcharit as Aim is great as the writer whose impostor syndrome is not a syndrome. Meanwhile, his crushing guilt and the effects it has on him are all perfectly portrayed by the actor.

Sarika Sartsilpsupa as Lilly is astounding as well, and apart from the character’s vulnerable parts, she nails all the other emotions as well.

Natara Noplaratayapon as Too is vicious and intimidating, and the actor manages to bring the appropriate expressions and body language. Charlette Wasita Hermenau as June is a performance that might go overlooked but deserves the same recognition as the other leading actors.


Delete is a gripping thriller and keeps on their toes regarding the reveals and suspense-rife scenes. Although no head-scratching is required, the show doesn’t shy from non-obvious revelations.

It also does diversions and subversions pretty well. There are no hammed-in reveals either, it pulls the mask off people who have been there in the background and not introduced later on in the story, only for a subversive reveal.

The phone acts as both a McGuffin and also as a tool for the mortality whiplashes the characters in focus proffer.


The device also takes away from the stakes and the risk of such a preternatural device. The deletions caused by it can be reversed and by the end of the show, it is used by just about everyone, washing down its power significantly.


Delete is an engrossing mystery thriller drama and along with competent acting performances, the show also greatly benefits from interesting characters and storylines, not to mention the difficult-to-anticipate reveals and twists.

Delete review: Well-crafted, arresting mystery thriller 1

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Date Created: 2023-06-28 12:30

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