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In Bangkok, the groom Mak is scared, having successive nightmares with a ghost woman, Mae Nak, an ancient Thai legend. He meets his beloved fiancée Nak to visit an old house in Phrakhanong with the unscrupulous real state agent Angel and they decide to buy the property. After their wedding, two small time thieves break into the house and steal their gifts and other objects. When Mak sees the criminals on the streets of Bangkok selling his goods, he chases the burglars and they run their van over Mak, who gets into a deep coma. Mae Nak protects the young couple against Angel and the burglars, but in return she holds the soul of Mak. Nak finds the remains of Mae Nak in an ancient cemetery, and with some monks, they exorcise Mae Nak from Mak and release her spirit. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The synopsis and the DVD cover to this movie does have a certain appeal, and it does give you some sense of hope and expectation to the movie. However, don't get your hopes up too high.
For a horror movie, then "Ghost of Mae Nak" is fairly slow and anything but scary, bordering on being overly predictable at times. Plus there are random scenes where the ghost is shown and then they just cut to some other scene, leaving you clueless as to what happened after the ghost appeared, and also raises a big question mark as to why people wouldn't be scared out of their pants after having seen a ghost that up close and personal.
The story told in "Ghost of Mae Nak" is about an ancient tale of love between Mae Nak and Mak. And oddly enough, it today's time, there is a young couple in love with similar names Nak and Mak. It is said that the ghost of Mae Nak will come between anyone who would stand between her and her true love.
I will say that the storyline itself is adequate, although there are no scares at any times throughout the movie. Plus it also becomes rather predictable at times. The movie was suffering from an overhanging sense that no one was really scared given their predicament and situation, which made the movie have an approach which just lead to you not really buying that much into it.
As for the special effects, well they were there, and they were adequate. Not top of the line Hollywood blockbuster effects, but effective enough and doing what they are supposed to do.
There was a single turn of events that I hadn't seen coming. Without saying what it was, it is towards the end of the movie, at the temple scene. It was actually a nice touch, but it didn't manage to pull up the overall enjoyment of the movie as a whole.
The idea with the bone amulet was a nice touch to the movie, though, I will say that much.
For a Thai ghost and horror movie, then "Ghost of Mae Nak" is a fairly standard movie, that offers nothing new to the genre, nor does it hold any scares or overly spooky moments. If you enjoy Thai and Asian horror (and ghost) movies, then there are far better movies available.
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