Bad Genius (Chalard games goeng, 2017)

Hong Kong Edko Films DVD edition


Text below written 2020-03-05


This very entertaining Thai Heist-Comedy-Thriller about cheating at exams has become the biggest HIT in Thai film history
and with a super run even in Chinese cinemas. Aaah, these long thai names - debut actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying
plays the lead role of Lynn, and she's great as the super smart A-student who uses her brain to earn some money from her
fellow school-mates, and she's just a bit of a sociopath too.

Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying has won a ton of Film Awards for being Best actress, and also a Screen International Rising Star
Asia Award, and
well deserved. She's fine as Lynn and with an impossible long Thai surname.

Lynn lives with her teacher father Vit (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) and they are poor, so she has to talk the head mistress of the
Krungthep Thaweepanya School into granting her a scholarship with free studies. Lynn is a Top student and the pride of the school,
but as Lynn wants to earn some money by getting her fellow students to cheat at their exams, and as she may have bit of sociopath
in her too, she invents a foolproof way of cheating. Lynn has no problems with answering any question at the tests, but how to give
the correct answers to her friends without getting exposed ?


Yes, the pic above gives us the answer to that. Lynn uses a special code signalling with her fingers, like playing the piano, and Lynn's
special piano class get a lot of members. But after helping the students getting through 12 grade school it's time for the next step, and
Lynn or Rinrada Nilthep plans something bigger - how to cheat at the international University entrance tests, the STIC tests.

Lynn and her friends Grace (Eisaya Hosuwan) and Pat (Teeradon Supapunpinyo) and the math genius Bank (Chanon Santinatornkul) plans
an intricate scheme involving the different time zones between cities were the tests are held. Based on real cheating scandals this film
plays out like a Heist movie, with close-ups of sweaty foreheads, secret codes and hidden cellphones - and it's actually suspenseful.

The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with thai audio DD 5.1 with english subtitles, region 3, trailer and a photo gallery

 

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