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I saw this movie and it's great and all. Making a trip that causes the characters to break tradition, culture, and other rules, etc., etc. But here's the thing. As I watched it and gathered all the details, one movie popped into my head. Y Tu Mama Tambien that won international raves not so long ago with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna starring and directed by the great Alfonso Cuaron. Two men making a trip from Guadalajara to Oaxaca with a slightly older and more experienced lady. All the incidents during this trip caused them to break so many moral and ethic codes that are held by religious Mexicans. Very, very deep. This movie does the same. Good performance by both but I'm kind of bummed by this movie because it seems that this movie is a result of plagiarism from an original, indie, Mexican movie. I think Indonesian entertainment should do better and be more creative and ORIGINAL instead of just being copycats. We have the talent, why not try to think harder and make something of our own?
This movie succeeded in conforming international quality standards. This movie has a really nice cinematography, this movie offer some great views of Java Island. Great acting performances by both main casts, unique storyline, and also great soundtracks. The dialogs are real enough and not exaggerating, so it could really resembles about what is going on in our social life right now. U can see the gap between old tradition with current modern lifestyle, and the irony that most of Indonesian are trapped in both situation. You can see that irony are all over the place, inconsistencies about values in life. So you will also find many black humor in this movie. But still, the main idea of the story would be hard to be followed, and with so much controversy in the story, i got a bit confused with what are the writer and director trying to say with this movie.
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I like Indonesian movie industry's progress for the past few years.
Since Mr Riri Riza's Pertualangan Sherina, it keeps growing with good
movies such as Ada Apa dengan Cinta?, Arisan, Gie, etc (just forget
about the unoriginal or low quality horrors and money oriented teen
movies). Especially in the last 2 years, I feel the progress by
watching Berbagi Suami, Long Road to Heaven, and even Kala. And then I
watched 3 Hari untuk Selamanya....
The story is about a journey of two cousins, Yusuf (Nicholas Saputra) and Ambar (maybe, can't remember clearly, played by Adinia Wirasti), from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, to attend Ambar's big sister's wedding. I really think the idea is pretty good. The first 10 minutes that showed why both of them should go together on this road trip is still not bad at all. However, it's the only good part of this film. The 'controversial' 1st drunk scene is followed by 2nd one, 3rd, etc, each with their own stupid and unconnected dialog. The story becomes very very boring on its way to the end. The plot is very very predictable without any climax (if there's one, I can't see or feel it). And there's no surprise at all. You can easily guess what the ending will be, but the hardest part is to endure the boredom. On the other hand, until the end you can't guess what the director's purpose. Whether he tries to make a movie that (1)only describes people in the state of euphoria without any other purposes (spun, fear and loathing in las vegas) or (2)movie that has a story and using drugs is only part of the story (13, requiem for a dream, trainspotting, leaving las vegas). Unfortunately, if he tries to make the number 2, the dialog doesn't support it. Making it worse, you can't feel the chemistry between the 2 main characters. I think the actor and actress can certainly act well, but the chemistry just isn't there.
I watched it with low expectation, and it still didn't help. One of my friend came in late, and later went out to buy hotdog in the middle of movie. When she got back inside, she didn't miss a thing.
My score is 5 of 10, because it's made by Mr Riri Riza. I would give it 6/10 if it's made by anyone else with lower class. It's way bellow your standard Man...
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