Hold­ing on to hu­man­ity

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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


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