Get Married (Comedy, 105 minutes) Starring Nirina Zubir, Ringgo Agus Rahman, Desta, Aming, Richard Kevin, Jaja Miharja, Meriam Belllina. Directed by Hanung Bramantyo. Produced by Starvision.
A crowd-pleasing comedy about a girl (Nirina) who is pressured by her parents to take the vow which prompts a series of unfortunate matchmaking, until she finds the man of her dreams (Richard). But her three slacker kampung friends (Ringgo, Desta and Aming) complicate things.
Once you view it from the right perspective, you will overlook the oversimplifying of things and the film becomes an amusing satire of society's simplistic view of marriage.
Richard might have a problem with his line delivery, but Nirina finally finds a decent material for her tomboy persona, Ringgo and Aming entertain despite being typecast, and the riot scene is realistic, funny, and nicely orchestrated. *** (out of *****)
Kuntilanak 2 (Horror, 97 minutes) Starring Julie Estelle, Evan Sanders, Ibnu Jamil. Lita Soewardi, Piet Pagau, Bella Esperance. Directed by Rizal Mantovani. Produced by MVP Pictures.
The follow-up to the commercially successful 2006 film finds Sam (Julie) coping with her dark side -- being the sole summoner of kept lady-demon Kuntilanak -- while a cult group is after her to take advantage of her supernatural ability.
The film looks better and the ghosts are slightly creepier than the artificial ones in its predecessor, but the story is not really engaging, the opening sequence is completely pointless, and the supporting actors' over-the-top, sinetron-esque acting is a real put-off.
But, in a better film, the shot with Bella butchering her victim could have been an iconic, classic moment. The cliffhanger of an ending is an annoying prep for another sequel, but it comes with a twist that will re-grasp your attention after losing it for the last half hour. **
Pocong 3 (Horror, 85 minutes) Starring Francine, Darius Sinathrya, Elmayana Sabrenia, Gary Iskak, Rina Hassim. Directed by Monty Tiwa. Produced by Sinemart Pictures.
This follow-up to the well-made and genuinely scary Pocong 2 has some big steps to follow, and it staggers panting way behind. A night club DJ (Francine) faces the terror of the titular shrouded ghost following the death of her father, as the old man's past begins to unveil.
The film has some big problems with its visual department, with an art direction that makes the supposedly happening night club look like a badly planned private party finding a last-minute location in an abandoned warehouse in Kota.
Monty, who wrote a very good script for Pocong 2, fails to save the film with his typically witty lines. In fact, the script feels like a tired variation of Pocong 2, with the same familial issues (this time with the father instead of the sister) and the same scare tactics.
The shockers aren't much of a jumper and the movie's comedic timing is off. The confusion is answered at the end, where the film features some bloopers during the credits. If even the film is not taking itself seriously, how can anyone expect us to? *1/2
-- Rizal Iwan