Ap­pren­tice

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ai­man. Soon, Rahim learns of his true iden­tity, and all hell breaks loose.

This film re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion when it was screened at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. I could see why as I en­joyed it es­pe­cially the act­ing.

Both the lead ac­tors churned out a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance. The chem­istry be­tween them were su­perb.

The film bril­liantly shows the tur­moil that a hang­man goes through even if he is li­censed to kill these crim­i­nals. It will cer­tainly spark a de­bate about the death penalty.

The only prob­lem I had with this film is Ai­man’s dilemma.

Though he might have mixed feel­ings about the man who hanged his fa­ther, why har­bour these feel­ings against a man who is only do­ing his job?

I could un­der­stand if Ai­man had di­rected those con­flicted emo­tions to­wards the judge who sen­tenced his fa­ther to death as no man has the right to pass a death sen­tence on an­other hu­man be­ing.

This where the flaw of the script lies. Luck­ily, there is enough in­ten­sity in the film for you to en­joy it.

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