Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6ixtynin9/Ruang talok 69 movie review

Note:  This review was originally posted on my Epinions account.

What would you do if you found $25,000 in front of your door? Would you try to find the owners? Donate it to charity? Keep it? A Thai woman by the name of Tum is put to the test. Her company has to lay off three people and she ends up being one of them. Shortly after getting home, she finds a box containing the equivalent of $25,000 in front of her door.

Times are tough, economically speaking, and her hopes of getting another job are slim. The only problem is that the people that left the box in front of her door come back looking for it, and they’re pretty certain that Tum has it. She denies having it, but they barge in and look for it. These two people happen to be hired thugs; they’re not the kind of people that you mess with. Tum ends up killing both, which only makes her problems worse.

I’m not going to say much more than that, at least in terms of the plot. I can’t say that I liked the American version of the name. According to IMDb, the direct translation for the original title is Funny Story 6 9. The characters for 6 and 9 were placed so close together that people assumed that it was 69. When it was released here, it became 6ixtynin9, which I find to be just a little too annoying. I don’t like titles that try to be cute like that. The title comes from the fact that the number on Tum’s apartment door, a 6, keeps falling over, making it look like she’s in apartment 9.

The story is completely understandable. Who wouldn’t want to keep that kind of money, especially after losing your job? Things get progressively worse for Tum, but that too is understandable. There were a few parts that didn’t make sense. For instance, there was one scene where Tum was waiting to use the elevator. A bystander (who later becomes important in the story) points out that the elevator is out of order. Later in the movie, the elevator is working fine. There’s no mention of what happened to the elevator.

The big question, however, is why Tum didn’t get her number fixed. You’d think that she’d buy a screw or something to hold it up. Granted, that would have been too easy and would have negated the entire story, but it would have been nice to at least see Tum try a few times and fail. (I will admit that I’m probably that lazy, too.)

One major complaint I had was with the subtitles. Usually, they were fine, but there were a few mistakes. In one scene, the subtitles read “quite” instead of “quiet”. In another scene, one character speaks of a $13 note. I realize that whoever was translating it probably wanted the audience to know how much the characters were talking about, but it’s a little distracting to have to see something like that.

I’d still give this movie four stars. The acting was great. Also, despite what you might see elsewhere, Lalita Panyopas (who played Tum) was attractive. I wish I could find some other movies that she was in. I definitely recommend watching this movie.

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