On the January 14th, I got the invitation from one of the Les’Copaque crew to join the Press Preview of “Geng: Pengembaraan Bermula” at Cathay Cineplexes, Mutiara Damansara. I got a chance as a first batch to watch this film before it officially release on February 12. After I watched this film, finally I wrote a simple review about this film. I hope you enjoy.
This film has a very strong plot. Every scene is supporting each other very well from comedy to mystery. The storyline is very easy to understand and suitable to all peoples. Some of the scenes have a sad part and also a very scary part. It really gives the mood. Do not worry about the scary parts. It is still watchable for all kids.
The scenes also promoting the local cultures by showing the Kampung (village) style environment. It can help the others to understand the lifestyle of local peoples.
All the main characters are from different major races in Malaysia. Those races are Malays, Chinese and Indians. This is to show the racial harmony and multi-cultural in Malaysia.
This is one of the first local films that produced with a very good sound quality. The audio mixing is done by Kantana Sound, Thailand. The sound effects are totally awesome. It hit the mood of the scene. The dubbing also very-well blend with lip-sync. Not like other local film, where the dubbing are very crappy and doesn’t match with the actor’s lip-sync and expression.
This 3D animation made by Key Frame Animation technique by using Maya. So, don’t expect this animation is smooth like what you watch the animation that made by Pixar. Those Hollywood animations are normally using motion capture technique.
The rendering quality is not that realistic, but it’s enough to give the mood. It’s due to the cost is quite low-budget. I like the bullet-time effect (Matrix style) scenes. Bullet-time effect means slow-motion.
What can I say; this is the next-Gen of our local-film. This is the best local film ever in Malaysia. Do not shock if the quality is same level with international standard and even much better than common Hollywood films. This film is totally different compared to the previous local-made films. I can guarantee you, its worth to spend your time and RM to watch this local-film. Yes, it’s worth I repeat. Come, support local film! Good job to Les’ Copaque Production!
Inside the cinema hall just before the movie is started.
The “Now Showing” posters all changed to Geng.
*All photos are courtesy of Les’Copaque Production : Official Blog
Title: Geng: Pengembaraan Bermula
Type: 3D Animation (Key Frame)
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: Bahasa Malaysia (with English subtitle)
Budget: RM 4 million
Director: Mohd. Nizam Abd. Razak
Production: Les’Copaque Sdn Bhd
Distributor: Grand Brilliance Sdn Bhd
Release Date: February 12, 2009 (Thursday)
http://www.gengthemovie.com (with trailer)
Something disturbs the peace in the village of Kampong Durian Runtuh. Villagers tell of a fearsome beast lurking at night but no one dares to find out what it is until Badrol, Lim and their newfound friends stumble upon the very heart of the mystery itself. A small peculiar animal, not native of the forest befriends Rajoo and brings the whole gang into an adventure deep into the exotic Malaysian rainforest filled with dangerous animals including an age old mystical giant snake. Join the gang as they embark on a journey of action and adventure set upon the warm atmosphere of a Malaysian village enclosed by landscapes of greenery.