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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Starring: Zam Ismail, Opie Zami, Jeffrey Wong, Zalina, Zhong Ro, Indah Han
Director: Jeffrey Wong
Rating: PG (Some Disturbing Scenes)
Year Made: 2009







Languages: Malay/English/Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Malay
Aspect Ratio: 4x3
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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A group of reporters from China with the help of two local reporters to do a research about the natural ecology topic and investigate the senior maternity health care herbal. They have entered to a tropical forest for this research. It should be a quite relaxed journey but it been hide a crisis. They have been attack by an unknown monster and their friend being die one another, in the same time the landslide has block their way out. They struggle for survive and later calm down investigate and analyze the actual fact.


It takes a lot for me to hate a film, and frankly I don't understand how this one got made in the first place given its rather shoddy attempt at story-telling complete with cheap cliches, and strangely enough there are descriptive errors strewn across the synopsis printed on the DVD back cover which puts it on parallel with some of the laughable ones available on pirated products.

There are so many things that are just wrong here that it becomes an unintentionally bad comedy, and probably one meant for film students in learning the pitfalls to avoid when attempting to make a horror film, or at least one with the intention set out to scare. Bottom line is the story is found to be wanting, and is too cumbersome and implausible as it tries to bite off more than it can chew, made worse by the last act which seems so disconnected with everything that had gone before. It's still pretty amazing how it garnered some award nominations for best picture, because this can hardly ever make it to any festivals worth its weight, and the casual audience will probably not find a reason to step into the cinema, or rent this DVD in the first place.

The opening scene plunges straight into the story with a group of people getting chased, and one of them succumbing to the talon-like slash of this mountain creature. It continues straight from the synopsis, so reading that will tickle your funny bone before you realize this film wanted to be something more serious. Then the next thing that strikes you is the mixture of languages used. I'm all for that given our multi-cultural demographics here and up North, but the way it was done, it's more contrived and made clunky given the translations that happen on screen with Mandarin, Broken and accented English and Bahasa Malayu the languages of choice.

Acting wise, you can't tell if the actors here are professionals, given the all round bad acting with nobody able to emote distress nor fear, after all, fellow colleagues and friends are dropping like flies and massacred in front of their eyes by the titular creature. Yet they behave quite nonchalantly, with the survivors looking as if they're glad that it's someone else who had gone to heaven, rather than themselves. And this stark absence of mystery and danger is the failure of the filmmakers to create (well, mainly Jeffery Wong wearing multiple hats), relying on really cliché sound effects to try and punctuate what they think is scary, only to come off as quite laughable in their desperation.

Not only that, the special effects are quite feebly done, lacking the realistic, vivid touch, being so raw around the edges you can pinpoint exactly where they're employed. The basics of makeup and costuming also cannot get past a big F, with the titular mountain spirit which turns out to be sans anything supernatural, another comedic attempt at trying to be scary through its cheap army camouflage make up and costuming that looks like CB leaves being stuck on, that even BMT recruits can fare better.

Mountain Spirit is indeed a shocker – shocking that something like this could have evaded quality control, and at best it can pass off as a rookie school course attempt at making a film gone awry.




Shot mostly in the daylight, the visuals don't need a discerning colour palette in its presentation, and there isn't a need for a top of the line audio capability as there's nothing here that will absolutely challenge your surround sound speakers.



Review by Stefan Shih

Posted on 10 May 2010


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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