Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Setem [2009]

Director: Khabir Bhatia
Cast: Afdlin Shauki, Rashidi Ishak, Vanidah Imran, Bront Palarae, Sathia, Que Haidar
Genre: Heist/Action/Comedy
Rating: General
Comment: "A must see. A breath of fresh air for the local movie scene..."

I have never had the privilege of Khabir Bhatia-directed flicks. For those who are unaware, this is the third motion picture directed by him. What is different this time is that, Setem is totally different from what he has done thus far. A brave attempt indeed, for the mainstream Malaysian movie scene is not generally known for making decent action movies. FPBM! has been watching action movies since the tender age of nine. So believe me, I know what I'm talking about.

Setem begins with the introduction of the subject matter, a stamp with a colourful history which will later become an obsession for everyone who comes into contact with it. For Joe and Sid, however, their obsession with the stamp is at a different level; they plan on stealing it. But they are not alone...

If you find yourself enjoying the movie past the first hundred minutes (which, in FPBM!'s opinion, is a tad too long, considering the nature of the film) you will probably find no fault with it. This movie has it all; action, tasteful humour & brilliant performances from the cast.

(This review was written in August 3rd, but was never completed)

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Original story
- Humourous
- Pure joy

The Bad [-10]
- A tad long

100 - 10 = 90 points

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