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Billed as a horror/mystery, 23:59 is a Malaysian “horror” film (I use the term lightly) that focuses on a group of soldiers stationed at a base where their duties are minimal, free time is abundant, and something sinister is afoot. This description sounded promising enough to me, and when I noticed 23:59 averages a 3 & ½ star rating on Amazon (as of writing this) I figured I would give it a try.
From beginning to end, 23:59 is replete with amateur acting, exhausted devices (ex: the door that opens by itself, flashlights that go dead when trouble lurks nearby, etc.), and bad horror cliché after bad cliché the likes of which I usually only expect from American films. All of it is carried along by a story that is shallower than the kiddie pool and makes about as much sense as a scrambled 10x10 Rubik’s Cube.
I am not exaggerating when I say that 23:59 fails in all it tries to accomplish. It clearly expects its audience to feel bad for Tan, the frightened “runt” of the group who is regularly bullied by his peers, but instead we are encouraged to cheer against him because of how embarrassingly soft he is. It is impossible not to welcome his ridicule when he complains incessantly and proves incapable of performing physical duties even his 300 pound platoon-mate manages to accomplish without trouble.
Likewise, 23:59 wants its viewers to hate Chester, Tan’s main tormentor, even though he is right to deride Tan for not being able to hack it.Read more ›
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A bit confusing. Even though great special effects should not be a must in this kind of films it sure did not help.Published 9 months ago by TurboContributor
Enjoyed the movie as the culture of modern and ancient clashing was well done.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think this is one of the most moving stories I have seen in a long while. There were a few parts that were a little cheesy, like the interaction of the recruits when bullying is... Read morePublished 23 months ago by A. K. Lobdell
this movie is ok...I have sat thru much worse films! it moves a little too slow for me! don't waste your money renting it wait until it is free.Published on September 6, 2013 by ohwell
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