Review: Danur, a book by singer, Risa Sarasvati (former Homogenic), about her psychic experience, is actually a sympathetic friendship tale about a girl and her ghost friends. I’ve listened to her album since 2010 and watched Sarasvati’s live performance where she told ghost stories about her songs; therefore, I knew how sympathetic the story is, despite being cliché-laden and light. It is never a horror story, yet, a story about companionship through and through, with some ghosts inside.
However, Awi Suryadi’s Danur, despite adapting Sarasvati’s book, takes a completely different route in presenting the story. Under Awi’s direction, Danur becomes a straight Insidious-esque horror story with major elements from the book stay intact. In fact, it’s a PG-friendly horror, which estranges it from the essence of Risa’s story. Continue reading Danur (2017): Different route from Sarasvati’s Danur
Review: Based on best-selling memoir ‘The Naked Traveler’ (13 series, so far), Trinity, The Nekad Traveler is basically an almost plot-less re-enactment of how and why Trinity (the author) wrote her traveling journal. It is merely a hundred minute of TraVlog, which surprisingly has enough drama to blur the main point of the book and enough travel quotes to pin in Pinterest.
Trinity, energetically portrayed by Maudy Ayunda, unravels her motivation of writing journals about traveling in her blog (and finally her books). Educated to be an independent girl since she was little, grown-up Trinity ends up being ‘the one with most stories during family gathering’ for her traveling hobby. Nowadays, she’s paid to travel and write, but then, she’s only an employee of a company led by Mrs. Boss (Ayu Dewi, practically steals the whole show) and she needs to get as many leaves as possible to travel. She has many dreams to travel to many places, therefore, she writes a bucket list. So, here’s an ‘inspiring’ story of how to escape life and travel more to tick off your bucket list. Continue reading Trinity, The Nekad Traveler (2017): An unsympathetic, uninspiring and preachy travlog
Review: The sixth installment of Resident Evil franchise opens with a recaps of ‘the story so far’ narrated by the protagonist, Umbrella’s prodigal daughter, Alice (Milla Jovovich). Going further to several years prior to the first film, the prologue jumps to the event in the first film, and abruptly shifts to several minutes before this Final Chapter.
At one point it’s a courtesy to help audiences refresh and brush up some worn-off memories about the plot of the whole franchise. At the same time, it confirms that, except for the first installment, Resident Evil is rather prolonged, characterless, and forgettable. The Final Chapter has the potentials to wipe that gripe off, to make a lasting final impression; but, the same thing that weighed down its predecessors weighs it down, too. Continue reading Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) – Review
Review: Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is reasonably dubbed as Gone Girl of 2015 when it became a bestselling phenomena awhile ago for sharing some mutual qualities with Gillian Flynn’s. Both are being written by former-journalist female authors, describing specific girls on the title, involving missing girls, devising unreliable narrators, and being bestselling thrillers.
When Gone Girl results in a compelling adaptation by David Fincher, the odds are high for Paula Hawkins’ to be adapted into silver screen. Yet, this time, The Girl on the Train adaptation simply is not the Gone Girl of 2016 if you might expect. Continue reading The Girl on the Train (2016) – Review
Review Me Before You: Diadaptasi dari novel Jojo Moyes yang ia transliterasikan sendiri ke dalam bentuk naskah yang digarap sutradara Thea Sharrock, nyatanya drama sicklit yang satu ini tak banyak menghadirkan thrill, baik yang romantis maupun sentimentil. Yang muncul selain klise yang dangkal, hanyalah rentetan kenorakan serta eksploitasi subject matter-nya yang ofensif.
Sederhananya, Me Before You berkisah tentang seorang gadis muda yang baru saja kena PHK, Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke alias Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen dalam Game of Thrones) yang mendapat tawaran pekerjaan untuk merawat seorang kaya raya namun mengalami quadriplegia, Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Selanjutnya, silakan tebak sendiri kelanjutan cerita yang bagaikan diadaptasi langsung dari pola FTV lokal ini. Bland. Continue reading Me Before You (2016): Sinetron a la Daenerys Tearjerkeryen
Review: Back to 2014, a hard reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles re-introduced the Cowabunga brothers with a new light – not an anarchically explosive one, but still goofy and comical as it should be. Most criticism to the predecessor is aimed towards its dim-witty plot and its tendency to be ‘April O’Neil and TMNT’ which really ‘censors’ audiences’ craving towards the titular heroes.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows presents a slightly sheer improvement on its run. At least, the sub-title is honest in defining two major improvements the sequel has made. First, those turtles are finally going non-underground, partially leaving the traditional ninja’s standard of operation, with garbage truck as a war-truck. Second, and most importantly, our titular characters are finally stepping out of Megan Fox’s April O’Neil’s shadow. Continue reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) – Review