Apprentice

Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. Aiman lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman tells Suhaila of his new job position, but Suhaila becomes upset, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?

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  • ★★★½ review by Abu Sudar on Letterboxd

    Waktu Singapura hendak menyerahkan film ini untuk seleksi Oscar aku penasaran.

    Manakala Aiman dipindahtugaskan dari militer ke penjara, dia seperti mengulang bab kelam masa lalunya. Bapaknya pernah dihukum gantung di penjara itu. Bukan hanya pada ruangan-penjara sebagai memori pahit, tapi memori manusianya masih eksis di sana, selama 30 tahun bertugas. Pakcik Rahim si tukang jagal—dia pula lah yang mengeksekusi bapak Aiman. Cerita masih blur dan kabur, mau ke mana hawa psikologi film dan karakter Apprentice ini. Balas dendam, ranah hukum menjadi terlalu pribadi, napak tilas, mengimunkan diri sendiri dari luka, semua seperti diaduk dalam satu cangkir dan kita tidak tahu rasa apa yang dominan.

    Namun, rasa yang sudah solid—meski tidak punya jejak rasa kuat—dibuyarkan dengan dialog Aiman dan Rahman di ujung cerita ketika Rahman tahu siapa Aiman sebenarnya. Kesannya adegan sinetron banget (verbal banget) dialog itu, padahal ya film ini kerjasama Jerman, Perancis, Hong Kong, dan Qatar. Juga pada fragmen motivasi bapaknya Aiman memutilasi sahabatnya itu terasa goyang. Aiman jadi budak badung karena peristiwa itu pun terkesan tipikal. Terpidana mati, Randy, sebenarnya punya potensi setajam sembilu bagi penonton meski kurang dikembangkan. Tapi baguslah, drama seperti itu jatuhnya akan klise kalau terlalu berkembang di filmnya.

    Apa pun, Apprentice meremangkan bulu roma ketika Rahim mendeskripsikan cara mengeksekusi terpidana, termasuk cara gambar bersuara, dan cara suara melukis gambarnya yang lumayan angker tentang penjara dan hukuman mati.

  • ★★★½ review by Luis_989 on Letterboxd

    Complex, undoubtedly complex, if you watch it accompanied you will have an interesting post-movie talk.

  • ★★★★ review by Kirat on Letterboxd

    Fantastic film. Now THIS is how you do arthouse cinema. THIS is a production with a good script, proper execution, solid plot and enough, but not too much, narrative tension to move the story forward. Stellar performances from all three leads - Firdaus Rahman, Wan Hanafi Su and Mastura Ahmad all seemed to fall into their roles with ease. Even the dynamics between them felt natural. It would've been very easy for this film to turn into an activisty preachy polemic, but that it didn't is a credit to the writers and producers. A little suspension of disbelief is required - the odds of someone escaping security checks within the highly-regulated Singapore civil service and getting as far within the system as Aiman does before being noticed is highly improbably. Still, the possibilities within that explored in the film are worth considering. I liked the storyline's exploration of the absent father-struggling son dynamic, the arcs of the angry young man and stoic caring woman, the ways in which characters grappled with the ethical dilemmas they found their lives in. And beautifully soundtracked by The Observatory (my only complaint is there should have been more sound!).

  • ★★★½ review by Rackve on Letterboxd

    Aiman toda su vida ha luchado por quitarse la carga de tener un padre criminal, por esa razón se convierte en policía y custodio en un cárcel y de esta manera no ser la representación de su padre. Cuando llega a una nueva cárcel sabe que ahí es donde ejecutaron a su padre, así que la curiosidad lo lleva a conocer a Rahim el verdugo del lugar.

    Lo interesante de esta película es la forma de ir narrando este pequeño drama sobre un hombre tratando de entender el pasado familiar para hacerle frente, el final es potente.

  • ★★★★ review by NancyW on Letterboxd

    A fascinating insight to the world of hanging, the story is told of an apprentice learning the the job if the hangman.....The executioner had an accident and is in ICU. The apprentice needs to take over the executioners job. There is a lot more to it than this and I found it very interesting....and I could watch this again dspite the subtitles....

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