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Opening Date
13 Dec 2018
PG13 Some Violence
143 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Adventure
James Wan
Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “AQUAMAN“ starring Jason Momoa in the title role.  The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
By Jason Lin  13 Dec 2018
Aquaman simply presents itself as a linear aquatic fantasy of fun.
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Primed as a piece of the DC Extended Universe in close rivalry to its competing counterpart by Marvel Studios, many might pitch James Wan’s Aquaman against other superhero productions. It might not be as pompous as Thor nor would it be as grim as The Dark Knight, Aquaman simply presents itself as a linear aquatic fantasy of fun.
With a superficial screenplay and characters, Aquaman indeed fail under comparison to many counterparts that attempt to align their superheroes to real world society and situations. Wan emphasised on physic-defying muscle power through its casting of Jason Momoa in an attempt to beef up the film and its lead character’s physique and premise.
In exchange, Wan focuses on the film’s underwater realm that had its history tracing back to days where it once thrived on the surface. With a well-equipped armoury of CG visual effects team for visionary imagination, the audience cruised through a hidden civilisation deep in the ocean known as the Kingdom of Atlantis with its own system of traffic networks and immigration and borders control.
Narrative structure adopted would best be described as a secondary trailer where the film’s prime mover was observed in the numerous action sequences on both the surface and in the sea. This would be the main reason why one would consider watching it in the IMAX 3D format. Battle scenes involving the Kingdoms of the Seven Seas enables various creatures and agents to fight in armies, although the outcome might come across as a tad bit messy for some’s liking.
The main antagonist in the form of King Orm (played by Patrick Wilson) might have inspired beyond if not for its under-developed characterisation. King Orm could have played up the kinship rivalry with his half-breed half-brother.
Nicole Kidman was impressionable as Aquaman’s mother Atlanna, Queen of Atlantis. It was a pity that her role had limited onscreen time while Amber Heard had more as Mera – the eventual love interest and supporting character.
With a subtle reference to humanity harming the ocean in the form of over-fishing, toxic chemicals, plastics and litters, it was a shame that King Orm exploited it as an excuse to wage war upon the surface civilisation. A missed opportunity that could have been implemented further, especially for the adolescent viewers.
Despite not a film with deep thematic values that many, including fans of superhero films, have gotten used to, Aquaman propels power horizontally for genre production values that the mainstream audience might seek during this festive season.
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