Film review Preman (2021) by Randolph Zaini
The man is called Sandi, and he works as a supervisor, which the film describes as bandits who considered themselves to be honorable and fair, but who were despised by the public for their violent ways. The connection between his organization and the police has been established from the beginning, as Guru, a police officer, has recently been revealed as the leader of a criminal organization, whose purpose is to evict several people from their homes, so that construction can be hidden.
Sandi, however, is reluctant to do her job as one of the men who will be fired is her friend and her son Pandu, who is raising her alone. While the young man is witnessing the murder of the guards, Sandi is forced to go against his own gang, while Guru sends a stupid assassin by renting his heels, nicknamed Barber. Sandi asks for help from another soldier, Komandan, and his girlfriend, Cherry, but he refuses out of fear of Guru, though his decision doesn’t help him much in the end. Expected, soon all hell will come out.
Although the cinematic base, of an illegal man going to fight his former gang, is not original, Randolph Zaini has included enough material here to make his work stand out. Starting with the concept of a deaf and dumb hero, and how he conveys insignificant sounds that reach his ears and continues to make him a single father, he succeeds in persuading the story and the amazing thing, exacerbated by Pandu’s problems at school and the story of how Sandi grew deaf, after a serious accident at school.
In addition, the concept of a stupid, delicate delicacy is best presented through The Barber, whose social tendencies add to the horror humor of the film, especially when he kills his victims at great speed, while reading his motto or episodes from Greece. fairy tales. Revaldo combines that role perfectly, in a Tarantino-esque style that works well for the story and humor of a comic book that often dominates. The latter also extends to the stage curtains, several of which are very interesting, with a duel between Barber and Sandi, with the final fight being the most memorable.
Another feature that keeps movies away is the bad dream Sandi has, which often involves people in animal traditions, committing atrocities often, in several sequences where strong colors, neon lights, and slow motion dominate, and the last feature is also frequent in another title. That occasionally these nightmares become part of real life, especially when Sandi is completely upset, adds an element of reality to the story, which DP Deng Xing-mai uses to the fullest, to present several memorable illustrations. His work, in general, is one of the best productions, and the visuals are at a much higher level than usual in action movies, through the method mentioned above.
In addition, Zaini offers a number of comments on parenting and what family, deaf people face in a criminal relationship organized by the police, with the latter part benefiting more from Kiki Narendra’s good performance as Guru. Overall, the characters do a good enough job, with Farell Akbar performing a fitting show like Sandi, while most of the children’s actors are well-directed.
Finally, the presence of Salvita Decorte as Cherry includes a feature of corruption in the film, also adding to the idea of female fighters, which is very popular these days, though in this case, it is quite short.
And although all of the above are well presented and give the story a unique essence, their numbers emerge as the most important issue with “Preman”. As the film progresses, it becomes clear that Zaini wanted to include as many things as possible, both environmentally and technically, an experiment that ultimately makes the film look chaotic, more often a collage of opinion than a short story. This feature really does not allow movies to be good, as other constraints will benefit characters, stories, and production values.
Randolph Zaini, for the first time, falls into one of the most common “traps” of new filmmakers, that of trying to do more in one story. However, it becomes clear that he has a lot of positive ideas and he knows how to implement movies and I feel he has a good future ahead of him as soon as he learns to control himself. “Preman” certainly deserves a watch, especially for his personal belongings.