12 February 2003 | ve-handojo
a good first date material
"From the makers of 'Ada Apa dengan Cinta?' and 'Eliana, Eliana'." Considering the heights of 'Ada Apa dengan Cinta?' and 'Eliana, Eliana', the statement above is quite considerable. But 'Rumah Ketujuh' is not as grand as that statement sounds.
Childhood pals Cakra and Lintang are in the search of their soulmate. Virgo-girl Lintang strongly believes that she should find a Taurus guy before her 25th birthday, while not-so-sensitive Cakra insists that he will find the girl of his dream in a situation quite exactly with what he finds in his dreams: amidst the crowd (of a party).
While going their own way to finding Mr. and Mrs. Right, they soon discover that their paths are not far separated. A full-of-dialogue journey that is quite enjoyable, especially if you are a Jakartan who's familiar with Hollywood's romantic comedies.
'Rumah Ketujuh' has all the potential to knock me out snoring in the cinema with its never-ending dialogues and never-there actions, but ... magically... I STAY AWAKE all the way. Even when I saw it for the third time! Indra Birowo as Cakra and Dewi Rezer as Lintang deliver a naturally-flowing chemistry.
The flick is supposed to be of a character-driven kind, yet the characters are not extraordinary. Yes, they believe in dreams and astrology, but then... they don't go to the extremes in this case. It lessens the height of the movie, however that's the way to make it enjoyable. And moreover, these characters are those next door people. We easily relate and go along with them.
Indra Lesmana's score swing high and low, making 'Rumah Ketujuh' an audio roller coaster. The movie is a good first-date activity, while the soundtrack is gonna be my all-time fave.