A.R.O.G (2008)

Cem Yilmaz, Özge Özberk, Zafer Algöz, Ethel Mulinas Araf,
Commander Logar fools Arif and sends him 1.000.000 years back in the time. He must civilize people from past to reach today.
  • 7.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Ali Taner Baltaci, Director:
  • Murat Akdilek, Producer:

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7 / 10

Great !

It's greatI still know the jokes by heart.

Cem Yilmaz.....

4 / 10

A.R.O.G: Superior sequel

A.R.O.G is the sequel to G.O.R.A (2004) a Turkish mega budget sci-fi comedy and follows on from it really quite well.

Our hero Arif is back safe and sound at home with his cosmic love Ceku, but Logar isn't done with him and he finds himself sent back in time one million years!

Considering that G.O.R.A was Turkey's biggest movie to date and the amount of time and effort that went into it I wasn't impressed at all. I found it to be an unfunny two hours of silliness and campness, so I expected the absolute pits from A.R.O.G.

To my surprise it is better, but not by much. Unlike the first it has lost most of the campness and more jokes hit the mark.

The first movie was a standard sci-fi affair, all set in space with the usual tropes so writing A.R.O.G in this way was a huge gamble. This is barely sci-fi, the majority of the movie is set in the stone age so it's a very different creature altogether (And personally that suited me better).

Sure it's still silly and most of the jokes are terrible but I found myself cringing considerably less so that's something, right?

With most of the original cast, following on directly from the previous movie and the same "Charm" I'd say despite my low rating this is an accomplishment. I'm not the demographic, but I do see the appeal.

The Good:

Cem Yilmaz's ability to play two very different characters without me even realizing it was him!

Some funny moments

The Bad:

Too much western pop culture, it feels forced

Still plain silly

4 / 10

A well-realised caveman pastiche backdrop for an uninspired series of well-worn parodies...

Turkish comedian Cem Y?lmaz ("Hokkabaz" & "Organize ?sler") and co-director Ali Taner Baltaci ("Hokkabaz" & "Tek Kisilik Dev Kadro") re-unite for this big-budget sequel to big-budget-blockbuster "G.O.R.A." which became another record-breaking Turkish box office hit.

Turkish carpet salesman and intergalactic saviour Arif (Cem Y?lmaz) is re-abducted by the evil Commander Logar (Cem Y?lmaz) and taken to 1,000,000 B.C. where he teams up with Dimi (?zkan U?ur) to rescue Mimi (Nil Karaibrahimgil) and the Arog in an uninspired comedy set-up.

Cem Y?lmaz recreates his rather insipid performance as the stereotypical Turkish every-man Arif but this time with little relief from superior alter-ego Commander Logar while solid support comes once again from the likes of ?zkan Ugur, ?zge ?zberk and pop diva Nil Karaibrahimgil.

The film-makers' have put together a more polished production with a convincingly realised caveman movie pastiche that acts as a magnificent backdrop for a slightly superior series of parodies and gags that are let down by a trite football showdown finale.

"l'd rather disappear in desserts, rather than mess up with the history"

4 / 10

Cem Yilmaz is financing his future good movie with a bad one again.

Cem Yilmaz is a talented comedian and a good filmmaker. He is also a good businessman. He makes two kinds of movies: Good ones, and bad ones to finance the good ones.

A.R.O.G. is a bad one. Much like its predecessor, G.O.R.A., it uses the decades-old parody styles of Mel Brooks and Zucker-Abrams-Zucker. With such movies, Cem Yilmaz captures larger, easily-satisfied crowds - swindle them out of their money (they would eventually spend that excess money on some other crap they won't need anyways), and put those resources into good use: making a real good movie such as 'Hokkabaz' or 'Hersey Cok Guzel Olacak'...

Although I was one of the suckers who paid a few bucks for this no-good, boring, longer-than-necessary, unoriginal, extravagantly expensive eye- candy - I do not feel too bad with the hope that Cem Yilmaz will make a movie worth praise in a couple years from now, and I will feel somewhat proud to be one of the millions of producers of that flick.

So, to summarize: If you are tired of dragging that thick wallet of yours and looking for a place to spend money just for fun... Just go give the money directly to Cem Yilmaz and do not watch the movie anyways. There are many attractions that are cheaper and more fun... Say, stay home tonight, clip your nails... give yourself electric shocks, or something... whatever.

9 / 10

I love it!

This movie is a masterpiece from the most comic comedian of Turkey.I want congratulate Cem Y?lmaz because of this movie.The movie is about a man named with Arif.Arif is a characteristic guy.He has been going to past times with using a time machine.He became friend with somebody on the past and he started to teach them modern things.He made the first football match,making graffiti to caves.At the end he came back to normal time.It is a nice science fiction comedy.Maybe ? watched it for two times.In Turkey this film cutted records.I think you shopuld watch it if you want to laugh.I made this rewiev with my friend Deniz.Thank you for reading.