Temuan Takdir review: 1st Malaysian film to premiere 36,000 feet up in the air!


So what’s so special about this Malaysian film?

For one, its the first local film to premiere up in the air on 33 AirAsia A320 flights, 3 days before its release on August 11. Secondly, many new actors, set crews, admin and production crew were all first timers and were given opportunities to learn on set of Temuan Takdir through Project Dignity by Friends to Mankind

Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve watched a Malaysian movie in the cinema but I have seen the ones shown on television every now and then. With that being said, I did not enter the cinema with any expectations. Let’s just say, I was pleasantly surprised!

The movie managed to capture and balance elements of love, action, comedy, revenge, and betrayal almost seamlessly while maintaining character development throughout the plot. With a mix of veteran as well as fresh actors, it managed to capture one’s attention throughout the movie. First time director Dhyan Vimal of Zazen Design & Production Film said he was pleased with the end product of his film and hoped audiences would watch the film at cinemas to support the local film industry.

Temuan Takdir revolves around two sibling policemen who are investigating a robbery case which involves matters of love, family and sacrifice. Two police brothers, ACP Roslan and Inspector Shariff, are on a mission to hunt down the mastermind behind the robbery of a security van. Their investigation leads them to discover a secret activity by a gang made up of Omar, Faisal and Vikram, where each of them have their own hidden agenda. ACP Roslan fights against time to solve the case and find the mastermind behind it all.

Vimal is also the founder and chairman of  Friends to Mankind, an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in Canada and present in over 15 countries. Friends to Mankind works towards the betterment of humanity and they launched ‘Project Dignity’ globally last year, which is an initiative that empowers individuals to learn life skills through mentorship programs, internships, practical training and workshops in various fields of work and areas of expertise.

While I could go on about my current favorite local film, I would hate to deprive you of the privilege to find out firsthand. Instead, here are 5 things you’ll be able to take away from this movie.

1. Don’t neglect your personal life

While you may love your job and even your career, don’t forget to step back and look at the bigger picture every once in a while. After all, while you may find yourself getting caught up, you never know how much time you have left to do the things that really matter in life.

2. Members of the police force are people too

Before they became part of the police force, just like you and I, they are people too. Okay that didn’t quite come out right but I’m sure you catch my drift. Wielding a gun and dealing with criminals, whether physical or virtual, does not make them any less human than us. In fact, this may make them even tougher emotionally as they can’t always express what and how they actually feel.

3. Be wary of trusting

In the world we live in today, trust is indeed a fickle thing – almost meaningless some would say. Whether it’s to one who seems completely innocent, a love interest, or even a close friend, be wary of who you choose to bestow your trust upon – hardly anyone is as they seem to be.

4. There is no perfect crime

In fact, there is no perfect anything if it is done with dishonesty and ill intent. As meticulous as you are with your planning and as precise as you can be with your execution something, somewhere is bound to go wrong. After all, karma’s a b*t*h and it always arrives just in time.

5. There ARE good Malaysian movies

Now, we’re not pointing any fingers but there IS a certain perception of local films. Sadly, this perception stems mainly among those who have either not seen a local film in a while (or hardly ever!) or base their perception of local films on what they heard from others.

Language: Malay
Classification: P13
Release Date: 11th August 2016
Genre: Crime / Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Cast: Zahim Albakri, Ery Zukhairi, Azura Zainal, Vanidah Imran, Thanuja Ananthan, Amai Kamarudin
Director: Dhyan Vimal


Eusoff Andrei


Eusoff Andrei

Eusoff Andrei does DJ'ing, emceeing, and acting on the side and he thinks he's pretty darn good at it too. He loves performing arts and as a social creature, he enjoys meeting new people for inspiration.

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