Good US reviews for Apprentice

(From left) Singapore actress Mastura Ahmad, Malaysian actor Wan Hanafi Su, Singapore actor Fir Rahman and director Boo Junfeng at the Apprentice's media conference on June 13, 2016.
(From left) Singapore actress Mastura Ahmad, Malaysian actor Wan Hanafi Su, Singapore actor Fir Rahman and director Boo Junfeng at the Apprentice's media conference on June 13, 2016. PHOTO: NEW PAPER FILE

Local film-maker Boo Junfeng's psychological drama Apprentice, about a young prison officer called Aiman who gets taken under the wing of a prison executioner, has received good reviews in the United States, where it was released yesterday.

It was a critics' pick in The New York Times. The review said: "At first, Apprentice seems to be a basic revenge film in which Aiman stalks the man who killed his father. But it becomes psychologically more complex."

The Village Voice noted: "Drenched in darkness and routinely visualising its characters behind bars and alone in the frame, Apprentice teases a climax of bloody revenge, only to take a far more sombre, complex turn.

"In a finale rife with twisted feelings of resentment, fury and self-loathing, the film transforms into a grave meditation on the corrosive shadow cast by the decisions, and crimes, of yesterday."

The movie had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival last May in the Un Certain Regard section.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Good US reviews for Apprentice'. Print Edition | Subscribe