Reviewstravaganza : Apokalips X
As you might know in reviewstravaganza, I will not be holding back on spoiler. Besides, this movie is a year old. You can find it on dvd and most probably already being shown on TV.
Apokalips X is set in a post-apocalypse Malaysia where the particular area are controlled by five clan under an agreement. Years later, one of the clan got tired of the agreement and decided to bail out of it and start a war among the clan. X who is a leader of Red and White clan decided once and for all whether to hold on to the agreement and join the war and fight to maintain peace in the area.
First off, I don't know if Crow Zero is the best inspiration to take for this movie. There are several interesting homage from other Hollywood movies which I would get to that later but, the only thing that got close to Crow Zero was the look. I think Juvana was the best movie to take inspiration from it instead because it deals with delinquent boys similar to Crows.
The world building in this movie is amazing. Mamat Khalid manage to show us a wasteland in which people enjoy playing spinning top, and how civilization just come to a halt. Unfortunately, this world building did cause the story to suffer a little bit as I feel like the movie is going nowhere at about 20 minutes into the movie. While the world building is great, the look itself is not so much. The use of CGI to show destroyed building was too obvious at parts and the building where the clans are staying look like some drug addict place being left behind. I understand the building was supposed to take inspiration of Suzuran High School in Crow Zero, but the graffiti in that movie act as a tagging for territory and the building still look well-maintained. In Apokalips X however, the graffiti serves no purpose.
In term of the look of the movie, for a movie that about people fighting each other, it is absolutely bloodless and I understand it is so the movie can viewed for all ages but it lost the realism where you are being punch and there is no blood at all. I like the blue color palette chosen for the movie because it suits the end in which it is very bright and hopeful, but during the final fight, everyone just blend together and it was hard to differentiate who is who. If you have different clans, then do something to differentiate them (I mean they did it for the other clan who came in later in the final scene).
To be honest, as the second Malay movie I watch this year, this one is a much better movie. I would suggest watch this and then watch Mad Max Fury Road (if you are old enough), because they both have the same idea but the latter obviously has a better execution and budget. I give this movie a 3.0 out 5.0. It wasn't bad, and I like the idea and people in it, it just that the budget and the special effect hurt the movie.
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