However, there are always two sides of thing. Considered this censorship as a bad luck for limited audiences who waited to watch this movie in Thailand, the alliances of Apichatpong and Thai movie lovers found it to be a good opportunity to create an online petition which would afterwards forward to the National Legislative Assembly and the Thai Government. Here we have the Free Thai Cinema Movement aiming to amend an outdated law regarding movie censorship in Thailand and give Thai people more freedom for choosing to watch or not to watch a movie by themselves. Those who would like to contribute, please sign your name in the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/nocut/petition.html
Let’s make a difference for our future generation!
For more information about the movie, please visit the official site at http://www.kickthemachine.com/works/Syndromes.html
This movie was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, even though it lose the award to the German film "Das Leben der Anderen" a.k.a. "The Lives of Others" (Read my review by clicking here,) it was recognized by winning 3 awards including Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Achievement in Makeup.
The movie is written and directed by a veteran Mexican movie-maker Guillermo del Toro. Some might think that it’s just another fantasy movie with load of special effects, well, it is. However, the movie delivers more serious messages of war and humanity behind its powerful script and fantastic cinematography. The story is imaginative yet miserable as while the story progresses, the plot reveals the real devil within human’s heart. It’s certainly not a fantasy movie for children as there are numerous scenes of blood and violence in the film. We could actually see the real world through an imagination of Ofilia, the character which perfectly portrayed by a young Spanish actress Ivana Baquero.
All in all, I love the movie. The picture is beautifully shot. The plot is clear and clever. The ending is … well, I’d rather not to say but I think it’s the best to end that way – if the real world is hard to live in, it’s better to stay in your beautiful imagination forever.
5 Stars out of 5 – recommend to those who love drama and fantasy movie, the two genres could be together. A word of advice: this is not a movie for young children, don’t bring them to the theater watching this film.
P.S. Check out the official movie site (in English) for more information: http://www.panslabyrinth.com
When a memory is lost, a love is found.
When the memory returns, will the love survive?
The movie is the directorial debut for the big screen of Pongpat Wachirabanjong, a well-known actor-singer becoming director of Thailand. It stars veteran actor Ananda Everingham in his most challenging role yet as a homosexual who lost his memory and fall for a girl, the new coming actress Chayanan Manomaisantiphab. This interesting plot is crafted by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee whose previous works included the award-winning script of Midnight My Love a.k.a. "Cherm."
The movie is well directed with romantic drama tone. The main plot of an impossible love between a girl and a homosexual guy is interesting and the script is well-paced even though it’s too cliché. It begins with some funny moments and leads to the dramatic ending. There is a notable chemistry between the two main characters. The world seems brighter when they are on the screen together. However, the editing of the movie is irritating – I felt my mood jumping back and forth as the scenes are cut at the wrong place and wrong time. The ending of the movie is open but it’s pointless as the characters are fabricated with one directional reason, thus the viewers have no choice to think otherwise. If the movie dares not putting too many reasons, it might turn out to be a good artistic film that is more difficult to watch for the mass.
All in all, this is a fine romantic drama that would be a good idea to watch with your loved ones. Even though you are lonely, it would make you feel love with some open discussions in the end.
4 Stars out of 5 – recommend for lovers and those who love romantic drama. It’s one of the best performance by Ananda as well, watch out for his naked scene that’s so funny.
The movie is directed by Danny Boyle who is famous for his direction in 28 Days Later and Trainspotting, with the original script from the veteran writer Alex Garland whose previous works included 28 Days Later and the Beach. The cast might not be multi-million stars but they are all well-known by their roles in many movies. All in all, this Sci-Fi thriller movie is intense and enjoyable to watch. The performance of the ensemble of the cast is good as you could feel the tension and stress from them all the time on the screen as the mission to the sun gets out of control and out of the way. The plot and story-line is interesting and well-paced except for the part that leads to the climax which somehow seemed unreasonable. However, all in all, it’s another good sci-fi thriller that would keep you awake from the beginning till the end.
4 Stars out of 5 – recommend to those who love sci-fi and thriller. However, if you couldn’t afford a time to come to the theater and don’t mind a small screen at home, it’s ok to wait for the DVD.