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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

"Mae Nak" Movie Review

"Mae Nak" Movie Review

The movie “Mae Nak” is adapted from one of the most enduring Ghost Legend in Thailand which has been told through a few movies for decades. Mae Nak is in love with Mak. They are married with each other. Not long after their marriage, Nak has become pregnant. However, Mak received a letter by government which is to notify him that he is selected for war in Bangkok. He has to leave his wife behind for months. Sadly, when Mak is not with Nak, Nak dies with her stillborn baby during the delivery of the baby. When Mak returns home, he is unaware that his family is dead. But due to the strange actions seen in Nak, Mak starts to notice that there’s something wrong with his family. What will happen to this ill-fated couple then?

Find out at your nearest cinema from this Thursday onwards then.


As you all know,the movie "Mae Nak" is based on the Famous Ghost Story in Thailand. So I won't comment too much on the plot. However, in my opinion, the story does feel like a Thailand version of "The Legend of White Snake" but without those fighting actions like in the Jet Li's version of "The Legend of White Snake".

The Visual Effects are not convincing and the suspense in the movie is quite predictable.
Some scenes are poorly scripted till their original effect which is to cause fear to audience has actually turned out to be silly. However, I am not sure whether the effect will be different if in 3D. 

The sequence in the movie is also quite confusing at times whereby flashbacks are intermittently chipped in in-between the scenes which can cause the audience to lose track sometimes.

However, the story itself is actually quite a sad one. And the movie is really able to deliver the story of the legendary Mae Nak to the audience in a not too horrifying but understandable way.

What I like about the movie:
  1. Adapted from one of the most famous ghost story in Thailand.
What I dislike about the movie:
  1. Outdated visual effects.
  2. Confusing sequencing of scenes
  3. Driven in a different direction than I would expect from a Horror Genre Movie
If it is a Romantic genre movie, it still can fair at a mediocre score of 5.0/10.0 because the message delivered in it is actually quite fitting for couples who are currently deeply in love.

However, if it is based on the genre listed in cinema, which is Horror Genre, I am going to just give it 4.0/10.0. Because, seriously, I don’t really recall much scream from the audience throughout the movie.


So, my warning is,

If you expect a serious horror experience from this movie, most probably you will be disappointed!

However, if you are expecting some legendary love story to be shared with your partner, maybe you can watch it, but there’s no guarantee that it will be your cup of tea! 

(Reviewed by W.L Jack, blogger for

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