Holding on to humanity
LOOKS like another superhero movie reboot (is RoboCop a superhero?) has jumped onto the dark and emotional bandwagon of filmmaking. And that is totally not a bad thing. The formula plays to RoboCop’s advantage. The tale is a tragic one: a cop almost dies and is saved by having his mind and remaining parts placed in a robot body. Imagine if one day you woke up and found half your body covered in metallic armour. The memory of a tragic accident slowly creeps in and the realisation hits you like a tidal wave. Would you be able to cope?Are you still the same person?
These are the elements explored by director José Padilha, grounding the movie on a very human level. Movies such as this could potentially be an explosion of razzmatazz. But RoboCop isn’t. It’s an exploration of a man’s inner struggles and his attempts to keep his city and family safe. However, the movie does have its share of explosions, cool fight sequences and Robo’s new look. And the movie is not short on star power with the likes of Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Samuel till Monkey goes diving into a green-screen set that looks just like Otoh Gunga.
For the record, this is a prequel to Journey To The West (the literary classic, not last year’s Stephen Chow movie ... though it could be) and shows us the Monkey King’s birth, turbulent “adolescence” and why he came to be imprisoned. This movie is almost enough cause for eternal incarceration. – Davin Arul ( L. Jackson. Did anyone notice the interesting pairing of the Caped Crusader and Commissioner Gordon from two different Batman movie series? Anyway, here’s to an even more successful sequel (I hope there’ll be one). – Dinesh Kumar Maganathan ( AH NIU plays Ah Huat, a kampung boy with learning difficulties. He lives with his grandfather, whose friends keep Ah Huat employed in simple jobs. But his naivety often gets in the way with things. Later, Ah Huat gets the chance to prove himself as a coffee maker.
is a very simple story, with predictable outcomes for its characters. But it is brilliant in terms of how the filmmakers present the story. I appreciate the way it highlights the kampung life. I also like how the film is told in pleasant neutral tones, in a way where you know the cinematographer has cared to set the white balance before the start of filming.
It’s a simple story that works because the filmmakers cared to make it presentable for the audience. Oh, and there’s also plenty of retro-style musical numbers by Ah Huat to keep audiences entertained. It’s not a perfect film, but it’s got enough elements to keep you laughing and crying with Ah Huat. – Angelin