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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Raid: A.M.A.Z.I.N.G

1 Ruthless Crime Lord. 20 Elite Cops. 30 Floors of Hell.


I just watched The Raid for the 2nd time. The first time was exactly a week ago, Saturday, March 24th 2012, when I had try outs for Math and Chemistry at school. I didn't care about the Chemistry questions on the paper, I only cared about this one Indonesian movie I had been waiting since last year!

Saya tahu film ini sejak tahun lalu dari adik saya. Dia kaskuser sejati dan dapat info tentang film yang mulanya berjudul Serbuan Maut ini dari salah satu forum di Kaskus. Awalnya saya kira Serbuan Maut ini bakal tayang di Indonesia akhir tahun 2011, tapi ternyata tayangnya Maret 2012. I really had to thank my brother for telling me about this movie because IT IS WORTH THE WAIT.


The Raid bercerita tentang sekelompok tim SWAT yang bertugas untuk menyerbu sebuah gedung apartemen tua milik gembong narkoba bernama Tama (Ray Sahetapy) yang merupakan markas persembunyian para kriminal dan penjahat kelas kakap. Tim itu dipimpin oleh Sersan Jaka (Joe Taslim), diikuti oleh para anggotanya salah satunya adalah Rama (Iko Uwais). Tetapi penyerbuan mereka terbongkar dengan mudah dan mereka pun terjebak di gedung tersebut dengan mencoba untuk melawan anak-anak buah Tama yang gila dan berdarah dingin, termasuk Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) dan Andi (Donny Alamsyah)!

Dari sinopsisnya, film yang disutradarai oleh sutradara asal Wales bernama Gareth Evans ini sudah mendapat nilai plus. Jarang sekali ada film Indonesia yang mengangkat tema seperti ini. Jika kalian sudah terkesima dengan membaca sinopsisnya, maka kalian akan terus berdecak kagum ketika menonton filmnya. Dari awal sampai akhir film kita disuguhi berbagai action yang memukau, dengan momen-momen mengejutkan yang membuat penonton semakin betah di bangku bioskop. Koreografer action nya tak lain dan tak bukan adalah Iko Uwais dan Yayan Ruhian, yang memang merupakan pemain silat. Saya salut banget dengan mereka, hampir nggak percaya kalau yang saya tonton adalah film Indonesia!

Melihat sutradaranya, jangan pernah berpikir bahwa film ini tidak 100% Indonesia. Kata siapa? Coba setelah film selesai, kalian tunggu sampai credits selesai dan lihat nama-nama kru yang terlibat. Hal ini juga sudah diberitahu oleh sang sutradara dalam twitter-nya. Dan bagi kalian yang malas menonton film ini karena ini film Indonesia, why don't you try it? You will think twice for saying it :D

Daya tarik film ini terletak pada tokoh utama, Rama, yang diperankan dengan apik oleh Iko Uwais. Sudah ganteng, tampangnya baik (aslinya juga baik!), jago silat pula. Dia memang sudah memukau pecinta film dari perannya di film Merantau (another great movie, watch it guys!). FYI, Donny Alamsyah, dan Yayan Ruhian juga main di Merantau loh! :)

Iko Uwais as Rama. Gantengnya...
Kabarnya, The Raid akan segera dibuat remake versi Amerika-nya. That's the first for an Indonesian movie! Walaupun agak-agak "What? Remake? Seriously, Hollywood?" tapi itu suatu kemajuan untuk perfilman Indonesia! Saya cuma bisa berharap supaya remake-nya bagus, soalnya film aslinya aja udah bagus banget. I wonder who'll take the role of Rama, I hope he's as charming and good as Iko :)

Selain remake, The Raid sudah akan dibuat sekuelnya loh! Judulnya Berandal, yang nggak bakal jauh-jauh dari silat. Ini juga sudah dikonfirmasi oleh Gareth Evans selaku sutradara, saya sendiri yang tanya.

Yuhuuu can't wait for it, Sir!
Oh iya, berhubung film ini full action (termasuk tembak-tembakan, tusuk-tusukan, tonjok-tonjokan, banting-bantingan, darah-darahan, dan kekerasan lainnya), bagi teman-teman yang nggak suka atau nggak kuat melihat yang seperti itu, jangan ditonton yaaa. Juga jangan maksain nonton demi melihat Iko Uwais, nanti pas dia lagi keren-kerennya berantem, kalian malah muntah kan nggak lucu. And I suggest don't buy popcorn, you won't eat it during the movie because you don't want to move your eyes from the screen :P

For me it's 9.7/10. Wow it's so high, isn't it? I'm a big fan of action movies, and because of The Raid, Indonesian cinema starts to find its way to go international. Yeah I'm so proud, we have to support it :)


Selamat Hari Film Nasional! (30 Maret 2012)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

TV Shows I've Been Addicted To (part 1)

Hiya there! I know I've been M.I.A since last month, it's because I'm too busy with 12th grader stuffs (study, test, try out, study, test, try out again). Now I'm done with my final examination which was so depressing. The only way to get out is by talking about my favorite TV shows <3

Here's the list (in order of when did I first watch it)

1. Heroes (2006-2010)


I love people with extraordinary ability! This was the first TV series I've been addicted to. Actually not the very first one that I watched, because a long time ago I watched Smallville when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, I loved it but I didn't care because in that time telenovela ruled my life!
Heroes follows the lives of some people with special ability, different backgrounds, but one destiny. What I love the most about Heroes is... SYLAR! Yeah, the handsome serial killer. My uncles were watching Heroes too and they agreed that Sylar (Zachary Quinto) was so cool. FYI, one of my uncles gave me Heroes DVD in my 13th birthday because he knew that I loved Heroes soooo much! :)) Now Heroes is cancelled, ended up in season 4, but I still love it and re-watch it when I have spare time.
My other posting about Heroes: Heroes

2. Supernatural (2005-present)


I know. I KNOW. This series is so great. I first watched it when I was in 8th grade and I was so addicted that I couldn't miss a single episode (it was aired Monday-Friday night) every night 5 days in a week! It became trending topic among my friends (4 of us -- me, Ega, Diba, and Fio) but it seemed like only me and Ega that follow this series until now. The series follows two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester (played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki respectively) who are hunting demons and supernatural figures.
My other posting about Supernatural: A Big Brother

3. Hannah Montana (2006-2011)


Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is an ordinary schoolgirl, but at night, she's the superstar Hannah Montana. She must keeps it as a secret, only her father, brother, and two best friends who know it.
Too childish? Go away then! :P I've loved this series since I first saw it on Disney Channel. I was in 8th grade so yeah I loved it! But now I'm a 12th grader and I still love it. I love sitcoms, hilarious! :D

4. Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-2012)



I started loving Selena Gomez from this series. Her incredible work as Alex Russo, the middle child of a wizard family, amazed me. Alex, along with her brothers Justin and Max Russo (David Henrie and Jake T. Austin), are young wizards with magical abilities competing to win sole custody of the family powers. I love wizards, witches, and that kinda thing :P in addition, it's funny!

5. JONAS/Jonas L.A. (2009-2010)



Three brothers Kevin, Joe, and Nick Lucas (Jonas Brothers) are the members of the band JONAS. Although they're famous, they try to live their ordinary life with their parents and little brother.
Once I watched Disney, I couldn't stop watching it. And ta-da! JONAS showed up and I fell in love with the series. I love the band too, their songs rock! Sadly, the series is cancelled after season 2 (the title changed to Jonas L.A.)

6. The Vampire Diaries (2009-present)


Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) falls in love with a vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). But Stefan's charming vampire brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) shows up and falls in love with Elena. Who should Elena choose?
Who said love triangle is boring? It's no boring if it's about vampire! Forget Twilight and blah, TVD is something new! It's based on the novels written by L.J. Smith and published in 1991, sooo far away than Twilight. My friend Diva first introduced me with this series. I love it!


(To be continued...)