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Garuda soars after a clunky take-off

  • Rizal Iwan

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 28 2009   /  11:35 am

Several things can make you fidget uncomfortably a few minutes into Garuda di Dadaku (which literally means Garuda, Indonesia's national emblem, on my chest). The effusively nationalistic title - taken from the spirit-rousing hymn echoed in every game that the Indonesian national football team plays - might resonate to football enthusiasts, but to some it just makes them brace anxiously for a preachy, message-laden film. Not only does the more than subtle product placement from a major sponsor, a kid shampoo brand, distract the viewer throughout one scene, but - call me paranoid - the actors also seem to resemble the models used in the product's advertisement: a kid with beautiful hair and a mother with beautiful hair. It makes you wonder if the shampoo company actually had a say in the casting. Thank God, Emir Mahira in the lead shatters this preconception by showcasing a seri...