Apprentice Review: Jio MAMI 2016

Apprentice is the second feature film of director, Boo Junfeng. It took him six years to make a comeback after the 2010 movie, Sandcastle. His latest work talks about capital punishment in Malaysia, through the story of a young police officer, Aiman. The man, who has a history of drug abuse and gang fights, decides to clean up his act and becomes a cop. At the police station, he meets the chief executioner, Warder. Aiman’s father was hanged by the senior officer but the latter isn’t aware of that. 

While the equation between Aiman and Warder takes up most screen time, there's a subplot which explores the relationship between Aiman and his sister, Suhalia (Mastura Ahmad). Both the characters have their flaws and are dealing with their troubled past. The sister feels for her sibling but also wants to move to Australia with her boyfriend. Their arguments feel real and it's tough to take sides as both of them are right in their own way. 


Malaysian actor, Firdaus Rahman makes his debut with the movie and puts up an intense performance as Aiman. His character goes through various emotions and all of them are portrayed brilliantly by Rahman. The same goes for the rest of the cast. Wan Hanafi Su, plays the executioner, who is absolutely unapologetic about his job. In fact, he believes that he helps people get a painless death. This is explained in a scene in which he talks about how the length of the rope needs to be perfect in order to give instant death rather than a slow, painful one. The ending is perfect and Boo Junfeng manages to build up the tension before abruptly cutting to the end credits. There was considerable applause at the end of the screening, showing how much the audience loved the movie. 

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