Movie Review – The Cicakman – One of the worst movies EVAR.

The Cicakman

Set in the make-believe city of Metrofulus, “Cicakman” is about the last person on earth anyone would expect to turn into a superhero. But funnyman Saiful Apek, does, quite by accident and becomes quite a shock to his friend, who also tries his best to adjust to his superpowers. Starring many of Malaysia’s most popular stars including Aznil Nawawi, this is one big budget blockbuster that features 40% CGI, great stunts, great sets and 3D animation. Oh, and when he’s not climbing walls, Saiful @ Cicakman reverts to his alter ego, the unassuming Hairi.

This is quite possibly one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, I really feel like I wasted 1.5 hours of my life, luckily I watched this movie on a Wednesday so I only paid 7 bucks…but still it was horrible.

Cicakman reminded me why I don’t watch local movies, I mistakenly think they might improve and watch a Malaysian movie about every 2 years…then I remember why I don’t watch them. Cicakman might cover the next 3 years it was so bad..

Saiful Apek was his usual twitchy, fidgeting, hyper self, which is ok for a few minutes…but really gets tiring after a while.

Saiful Apek

Sad to say even though this movie has a decent budget it’s still as immature and slapstick as all the other local movies I’ve had the misfortune to see.

The sound was terrible, the ‘CG’ was like hollywood about 10-12 years ago..

The jokes were not super funny first time and were each recycled 3-4 times..

The hero was a bit lame…the ‘satire’ of the albino twins from the matrix was ok first time….but again was overused through-out the movie.

Ginger Twins

The whole anti-piracy thing was pushed down your throat all the way through the movie (Yeah yeah we aren’t dumb we got the message first time).

The acting was generally quite horrible, I think Nadia was probably the best character in the movie (No I don’t mean Tania).

And the anti-hero Prof. Klon is the most over-acted shite annoying characters I’ve seen since the travesty that was Ja-ja Binks.

Suanie’s Take on Cicakman

Every time he was on screen it completely ruined the movie, he was just purely annoying, he laughing wasn’t even sinister or manic…it was just stupid and overcooked.

The movie site is not bad, but the navigation is a bit confusing…you can find it here, they also have some kinda lame blogspot blog here.

It might help a bit if you understand Malay as you’d find some of the jokes funnier…but as it’s slapstick I don’t think it really makes that much different, it’s not like any of the jokes are very funny.

You should only watch this if you want to see how bad it is.

I’d give it a ground-breaking Malaysian super-hero score of 1.5/10.

Some other reviews I found:

:: Cicakman Review :: the chosen flower
“Cicakman” Review – Malaysia’s Own Superhero! – The Drowmage’s Den
Cicakman:The REVIEW

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24 Responses to Movie Review – The Cicakman – One of the worst movies EVAR.

  1. spiller January 5, 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    anti-piracy? haha.. that’s so funny when almost all the movie’s element were copied from Hollywood.

    i still can’t believe u contributed to the KRU production! :P

  2. Ron January 5, 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    ‘Legend of the Red Curse’ is much much worse. It’s made in Sarawak and was so bad I don’t even think it was shown in West Malaysia.

    The latest one ‘Possessed’ starring Amber Chia is showing now in Sarawak. Again I don’t think its being shown in West Malaysia cause its so bad.

    Both are made by the same Production Company and director in Kuching. Out of all the film-makers in Kuching, for some reason the least talented ones always get the biggest budget.

    Go figure huh? Malaysia Boleh!

  3. gouki January 5, 2007 at 5:53 pm #

    The third picture is the WORTS imitation ever of these guys:

    http://www.tiny.cc/EqYPD

    Sorry, but I don’t recall their names.

  4. earl-ku January 5, 2007 at 8:08 pm #

    dumb fuck! and you guys went for it?

    ***time wasting + money wasting

  5. pinksterz January 6, 2007 at 1:30 am #

    cicakman – even the tajuk sounds so lame.
    haha.
    nope. haven’t watch it as i am not in msia but i heard it made quite alot of money aite?
    but from what i read on net cicakman sucks.

  6. Lainie January 7, 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    i’ve been for forums where the people in msian film industry say stuff like ‘say what you want, but at least WE MADE A MOVIE’. and some even said “we were pioneers. we were the first” (in reference to yet another crappy production).

    like, yeah, but it’s shit best left unrealised.

    well. i think it was amir muhammad who said it’s not important to be the best, only the first.

  7. nyg January 8, 2007 at 1:30 pm #

    Surely the movie wasn’t just 1.5 hours? Felt like about 10 years long. Fucking load of wank. That Aznil guy seriously got on my nerves.

    This isn’t one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen – it’s THE worst.

    Utter shit. It’s so bad that Cicakman 2 would need to be a billion times better before I’d even think of watching it.

    Sorry bout the rant. It was just so shit.

  8. J January 8, 2007 at 8:15 pm #

    Hrmmm…
    I was hoping that this would be one of those “purposely made to be b-grade/so bad that it’s just side-splittingly funny” movies but I suppose it isn’t…..

  9. Chapree Da Grande January 8, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

    …and they said they want to make Cicakman 2. What happened to the world, man?

  10. ShaolinTiger January 9, 2007 at 12:36 pm #

    spiller: That’s the irony! Well I have to go every 2-3 years and see a Malaysian movie to remind me why I don’t waste my money watching them.

    Ron: Haven’t heard of that one, must be REALLY bad, I know the Amber Chia one is hideous.

    earl-ku: Well it sounded good and the trailer was funny..

    pinksterz: Yah it did, big box office returns but horrible reviews, go figure.

    Lainie: Really sad attitude right? But then it explains why they keep churning out the same old crap. Typical Malaysian situation, they talk only, but don’t try and better the movie scene, make more indie movies and boycott the crap ones.

    nyg: Yah I would have fallen asleep if not for the hideously annoying laugh of Prof Klon.

    J: Oh it wishes to be anywhere as kitsch and cool as something like Snakes on a Plane.

    Chapree Da Grande: Malaysia Boleh?

  11. J January 10, 2007 at 12:21 am #

    Snakes on the Plane rocks!
    :)

  12. CoolGuy January 10, 2007 at 11:39 pm #

    Yes..its so bad…(i thought Shaolin Soccer was so bad) this is worse….

  13. fiq September 8, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    support your local product because one day if you make your own product then people wont support you because they will just think that your product is another low quality local product even if its has a good quality.What goes around, comes back around!

    SUPPORT TO BE SUPPORTED LATER IN YOUR LIFE!!!

  14. Lainie September 8, 2008 at 10:43 pm #

    or, blindly support local product, and look like you have no discerning taste. push cicakman as the best arthouse film ever in malaysia.

    then see what happens when you try to brand yourself as a tastemaker launching products for local markets.

  15. ziena7678 December 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    you all stupid dam-dam….try to appreciated our film…if you dont like this film….dont watch it or dare to critic about it…the director are trying hard for this firm….even more 1000 better than you all for doing nothing!!!!!!

  16. ShaolinTiger December 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    ziena7678: Monaliza Mohd Rozario, you a girl with a moustache, I don’t think you have rights to say anything.

  17. Lainie December 8, 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    ziena7678: History doesn’t remember those who “tried hard” for a reason.

  18. aimie640 December 15, 2008 at 9:22 pm #

    what is wrong with u all guys…I have watch dis film & i thoght it was not too bad…our film industry is just taking a step further and u all just expect it to be a hollywood-superheroes film…and the film also was chosen to be display at Busan Film Festival…I also thought that it is better to be watch than the propaganda-kind-of-hollywood-film…america save the world konon! i`m tired of it blahla woi!

  19. ld December 20, 2008 at 11:43 am #

    2B
    bosan + bazir

  20. 94 April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    haha, its not the movie i think. i think ur own taste of movie, kalau dh tk mint sci fi film,nk tgk kenape? oklah nk kte “just wanna watch it”. just imagine if there is no MALAY movie bcos the audiene say malay movies teruk. bangge ke? cerita merapu english tgk, cerita merapu malay tak pulak kan? at least support lah .

  21. sigh February 1, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    Meh, Cicakman was history, but what the heck, I’ll still write down my frustration here.

    When I first saw the movie trailer, I was excited. I mean, it’s not everyday we get to watch a Malay movie that does not involve a “datuk”, a “datin”, a “tengku”, or any stereotype characters at that. Hell I even forced my entire family to watch it premiere on TV, and even convince them that it MUST be GOOD. And then I was terribly disappointed on the first 45 minutes of watching the movie, it’s like a slap to my face.

    The CG I can forgive cause for us, it’s still something new and not as nearly prospective as in other countries. But I definitely CANNOT forgive the horrible soulless acting, and the copying western characters stuff. Seriously, we keep saying bad things about the Americans and then we copy their ideas? I mean, what’s with the evil-matrix-twins-wannabe? And Prof Klon? I like Aznil, but his portrayal of the super-villain is unforgivable! That was a shame to the word EVIL… And Saiful Apek is the least likely candidate for a super-hero. I like Saiful too, but he was goddamn ANNOYING throughout the film. The humor was downright cheap and stupid, I didn’t laugh at all, I shook my head all the time with those horrible punchlines..

    So yes, Cicakman was a BIG disappointment to me. When Cicakman 2 came out, my excitement was stirred again. But then, someone warned me it was just like the first installment and I ended up not watching it at all. So I understand that Cicakman is intended to be sci-fi/comedy type of movie (that was the very reason why I was drawn to Cicakman at first), but the delivery of the movie is thoroughly bad and needed MORE improvement.

    Before any of you attack me with “.. you should support local movies..” let me tell you, I would like to support local movies with all my heart, but I am extremely frustrated at how terrible everything about the local movies are. It’s like our directors and producers just make movies just for the sake of it. And nothing more.