Polis Evo

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Polis EVO
Official poster shows main characters Inspector Khai and Inspector Zaini with the film's title on left, while credits, and release date are on below.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGhaz Abu Bakar
Produced byJoel Soh
Screenplay by
  • Joel Soh
  • Kyle Goonting
  • Anwari Ashraf
  • Adib Zaini
Starring
  • Shaheizy Sam
  • Zizan Razak
  • Nora Danish
  • Mimi Ernida
  • Harun Salim Bachik
  • Wan Hanafi Su
  • Ayie Hushairi Husain
  • Pablo Amirul
  • Azliyuszaini Mohd Noor
  • Amerul Affendi
  • Eyka Farhana
  • Ungku Hariz
  • Ariel Ganu
  • Kamaliah Mat Dom
  • Fadilah Mansor
  • Adnan Dzulkafli
  • Sol Azmie
  • Tisha Shamsir
  • Amily Iswadi Amidin
  • Nazim Shah
Music byLuka Kuncevic
CinematographyHaris Hue Abdullah
Edited byNazim Shah
Production
company
Tayangan Unggul
Distributed byAstro Shaw
Release date
September 17, 2015
Running time
117 minutes
CountryMalaysia
LanguageMalay
BudgetRM 2.4 million[1]
Box officeRM 17.8 million[2]

Polis EVO is a 2015 Malaysian buddy cop action comedy film directed by Ghaz Abu Bakar and written by Joel Soh, Kyle Goonting, Anwari Ashraf and Adib Zaini. The film casts includes Shaheizy Sam, Zizan Razak, Nora Danish, Hushairi Husain, Mimi Ernida, Harun Salim Bachik, Wan Hanafi Su, Ayie Hushairi Husain, Pablo Amirul, Azliyuszaini and Amerul Affendy. The film tells the story of two police officers, Inspector Khai (Shaheizy Sam) and Inspector Sani (Zizan Razak) who have very different personalities but are forced to work together to bring down a drug trafficking operation.[3] The film was released theatrically on September 17, 2015 nationwide.

Polis EVO has won three awards from ten nominated categories during the 28th Malaysian Film Festival. As of 2019, Polis EVO is currently ranked the ninth highest-grossing Malaysian film of all-time.

Sequel to this film, Polis EVO 2 had just completed filming in January 2018. Zizan Razak and Shaheizy Sam will reprise their lead roles and will be joined by Erra Fazira, Hairul Azreen and also Indonesian star, Raline Shah.[4]

Plot[edit]

An old drug trafficker identified as one Adli Hashim (Wan Hanafi Su) is found dead in a back alley in Kuala Terengganu with hidden drug contraband. Inspector Khai (Shaheizy Sam), the best narcotic inspector in Kuala Lumpur has been assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding it. The case eventually leads towards a cocaine drug trafficking operation somewhere in the state of Terengganu. Although this case is similar to cases handled by Inspector Khai before, he now has to work with Inspector Sani (Zizan Razak); who is more familiar with the intricacies of the state, being his home town. They both have different personalities; Inspector Khai is firm and swift in action, in contrast to Inspector Sani, who is more stoic and prefers to stick to procedures and protocols. Their differences further complicate their mission. Everything changes when the chief criminal, Izrail, begins to involve Inspector Sani's family in the case. Inspector Sani and Khai learn to work together to complete their mission.

Cast[edit]

  • Shaheizy Sam as Inspector Khai
  • Zizan Razak as Inspector Sani
  • Nora Danish as Anis
  • Mimi Ernida as Maya Adli
  • Harun Salim Bachik as ASP Mokhtar
  • Wan Hanafi Su as Adli Hashim
  • Ayie Hushairi Husain as Izrail
  • Pablo Amirul as Jimbo
  • Azliyuszaini Mohd Noor as Jemang
  • Amerul Affendi as Mat Yam
  • Eyka Farhana as Yati
  • Ungku Hariz as Sargeant Sofian

Supporting Cast

  • Ariel Ganu as Rafael
  • Kamaliah Mat Dom as Sani's mom
  • Fadilah Mansor as Khai's mom
  • Adnan Dzulkafli as Inspector Ayob
  • Sol Azmie as Inspector Harun
  • Tisha Shamsir as Sargeant Rosalinda
  • Amily Iswadi Amidin as Language Interpreter
  • Nazim Shah as Sudin Skodeng

Special Appearance

  • T.S. Jeffry as Siamese Boss
  • Yank Kassim as Izrail's thug
  • A. Galak as Inspector Khai's Supervisor

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Kenneth Chaw of The Star rated the movie a 7 out of 10, saying that it "offers big laughs and even bigger action" despite its premise "isn't exactly new". Chaw also lauded the acting of both leads Shaheizy and Zizan, the latter particularly for his "refreshing" performance in a serious role despite being more associated with comedic fares.[5] Haizir Othman of Malaysiakini applauded the storytelling for its honesty and respect for the audience's intelligence.[6]

Box-office[edit]

The film's launch ceremony were held in Hard Rock Cafe, Kuala Lumpur on 3 August 2015. The movie trailer were also released on YouTube on the same date. Subsequently, Polis EVO had its premiere at GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur on 3 September 2015. The movie had its theatrical release on 17 September 2015 in 98 cinemas nationwide and also Brunei.[7] After four day of screening, Polis EVO grossed RM2.5 million with total number of screening increased to 101 cinemas.[8][9] The movies total gross improved to RM8 million after eleven days of release.[10] After three weeks, the total collection continued to soar to RM13 million with cinemas capped at 102 locations. The earnings added another RM2 million after a month, totalling RM15 million.[11] After six weeks, total gross was at RM16 million.[12]

After 60 days in cinema, the total gross reached RM17.8 million, breaking record perviously held by 2014's film The Journey (RM16.87 million).[13]

Theme song[edit]

"EVO"
Single by Joe Flizzow featuring SonaOne
Released2015 (2015)
Recorded2015
GenreHip hop
Length4:17
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Measat Broadcasting
  • Astro Shaw
  • Tayangan Unggul

The soundtrack for this film is EVO by Joe Flizzow and SonaOne. This song was released on 3 August 2015 at Hard Rock Cafe, Kuala Lumpur.[14]

Sequel[edit]

Production for sequel Polis EVO took longer time due to location related issues. Initial plan was to commence shooting prior Ramadhan (around the month of May) 2017. Polis EVO 2 will witness Joel Soh replacing Ghaz Abu Bakar in the director seat and will include Erra Fazira as co-star.[15]

Indonesian actress, Raline Shah will be the female lead replacing Nora Danish in the film. Several clips in social media were uploaded showing her undergoing training exercise with Shaheizy Sam in preparation for the film.[16]

Principal photography for Polis EVO 2 started at end October 2017 at locations in Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan and wrapped in January 2018 with Zizan Razak dan Shaheizy Sam reviving their characters as Police Inspectors, including other stars such as Erra Fazira, Hairul Azreen dan Raline Shah from Indonesia.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mohd. Haikal Isa (23 September 2015). "Aksi lasak Polis Evo". Kosmo! Online (in Malay). Kosmo! Online. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  2. ^ "MALAYSIAN BOX OFFICE 2015". Finas.
  3. ^ "Misi Shaheizy Sam & Zizan Gegarkan Polis Evo Sudah Bermula". Astrogempak.com.my. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Zizan Razak janji "Polis Evo 2" lebih hebat". 29 November 2017.
  5. ^ Chaw, Kenneth (14 September 2015). "Review: Polis Evo". Star2. Star Media Group Berhad. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ Haizir Othman (18 October 2015). "Ulasan filem: Polis Evo hormati penonton". Malaysiakini (in Malay). Mkini Dotcom Sdn. Bhd. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  7. ^ Chua, Dennis (22 September 2015). "Polis Evo hits it big at the box-office (with video)". New Straits Times. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Three local films dominate Top 10 Malaysian box office chart this week". Astro Awani. 29 September 2015.
  9. ^ Karim, Haryati (22 September 2015). "Filem Polis Evo kutip 2.5 juta dalam tempoh empat hari". KOSMO!. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Polis Evo kutip RM8 juta dalam tempoh 11 hari". Astro Awani. 28 September 2015.
  11. ^ "28 Hari Tayangan, Kutipan Terkini Polis Evo RM15 Juta". Astrogempak.com.my. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  12. ^ AR, Zurairi (24 October 2015). "Apa istimewanya 'Polis Evo'? Pengkritik dedah ramuan kaut RM16j". The Malay Mail.
  13. ^ "MALAYSIAN BOX OFFICE 2015". Finas.
  14. ^ Chua, Dennis (4 August 2015). "Joe Flizzow to duet with Taiwanese Dominique Tsai". New Straits Times. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Zizan Razak shapes up up for Polis Evo 2". 29 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Raline Shah heroin filem Polis Evo 2?". 20 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Zizan Razak janji "Polis Evo 2" lebih hebat". 29 November 2017.

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