Another .. Ahmed Helmy and the Art of Deceiving the Public | Opinion

Ahmed Helmy continues with the film deception of the audience which was a clear feature in most of his films.

I watched his experiences, which is the movie “One Other”, which was released in theaters during the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, written – as written on the titers – by Haitham Dabour, and with Helmy, Ruby, Ahmed Malik, Amr Abdel Jalil, Sayed Ragab, Nasreen Amin and Nour Ehab took part in the championship. Directed by Mohamed Shaker Khudair, this film represents his return to the silver screen after an absence of nine years since his last film, “Hatoli Ragel” in 2013.

Allow me to use the word “fraud” as a kind to soften the description and make it a little polite and to stay away from any kind of accusation, because what my dream offered is not a quote or a misrepresentation, for the first rule in the matter of citation is to name the original work taken from it and that, apart from material rights, is a matter relating to Law or moral respect.

Quoting or underlining does not discredit or detract from the artist. We can place him in the category of limited talent or some sort of ease or exploitation of the success of another job. And how many Egyptian works, whether in films and television, were quoted and achieved great successes, but which disadvantaged the artist to quote or transfer a foreign work Without reference to the original work.

It is true that the issue of misleading the audience is borne by the author in the first place, but the association of the matter with my dream has not come to naught and that is for three reasons. Most importantly, Ahmed Helmy has a long history of misleading the public in most of his films, starting with “Keda Reda” to “Sorry for the Inconvenience”, “X-Large”, “On My Body”, “Bulbul Hiran” and “Made in Egypt”, “Turn”. and Turn “and only two films survived from that list:” 100 Congratulations “based on the fact that it was taken from the Greek myth of Sisyphus, and” Black Honey “. Even his previous movie,” The Fantasy of Might “, is accused of having an idea of ​​the young writer Nihal Samaha!

As for the third reason, it is related to the comparison when going back to the previous experiences of both the hero of the film, Ahmed Helmy and the writer Haitham Dabour. of Egyptian or foreign films, but it was ultimately not taken from a specific movie.Dabour’s previous experiences carry some criticism, but this is far from the issue of quoting without disclosing the original source.

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The movie “One More” was adapted or copied from the American movie “Yonathan”, which was produced in 2018, and starred with the American Ansel Elgort and the English Suki Waterhouse, and directed by Bill Oliver in his first experience with films . movies, and the American movie was built on a scientific case called (Single-Body). Multi-Consciousness), that is, one body with multiple perceptions, by two twin brothers, “Jonathan” and “John” sharing and exchanging one body. appearances every day without the other knowing the details of the events of the day his brother went through, so the duo agrees to follow strict rules to maintain their common life and body (including romantic relationships).

The two meet daily via video, and each of them tells before bedtime the events of his day to the other, and it is for two things, the first as a kind of meeting and communication between them and the second so that nothing unexpected happens that reveals their case.In the same body, from seven in the evening.

In the American movie we find that the twins have different characteristics, so we find that Jonathan is a talented, successful architect, organizer, serious, strict and introverted, unlike John, who is limited in abilities, absurd, who does not care . about anything, and Jonathan works part-time despite his boss’s desire to work full-time, but Jonathan makes excuses to escape from it.


In the Egyptian movie, the two main characters also bore the same difference, with a mixture of some of Jonathan’s characteristics and those of John, so we find Mustafa, who works as a social worker in prisons around the condition of prisoners, who lost, to determine. his passion in life and reduced his creativity and was dominated by monotony and boredom while the other person is “X”. What is considered the previous version of Mustafa’s life in his youth, where he was daring, adventurous, outgoing and absurd.

That was the first point of difference from the American movie. The duo are twins. In the Egyptian movie, Mostafa and X are the same person, or as it appeared in the movie that X is Mustafa’s past, but the big difference between the nature, form and lifestyle of the duo Mustafa and X has created a big gap in the belief that the duo is one person. Even if it was in the past, it is possible and natural for a person to change over time, but what happens is minor, not radical, changes in style, movement, way of speaking and even in form.

Poor construction not saved by “Albusa”

The second reason that raises the issue of the belief that Mustafa and X are the same person, the poor construction of the film and the bad drawing of Mustafa’s character at the beginning of the events through the scene of meeting old colleagues at the university, and notwithstanding the great difference in the actual ages of the actors who took part in the implementation of this scene, but the shot added nothing to the dramatic construction or to weave the personality of Mustafa or to his real crisis of the issue of out to find. loses passion or talent, especially because the nature of his work may seem routine through visits to multiple prisons, but at the same time he worked daily with new details by telling him the stories of prisoners and also has the ability to innovate in the matter of dealing with prisoners to find out the truth from them or even to help them talk to him, such as the “cat” character presented by Amr Abdel-Galil.

The American film was based on its construction on a scientific matter called a single body with multiple perceptions, but in the Egyptian version it was replaced by “The Dress” which Mustafa on the advice of his girlfriend’s brother “Ahmed Malik “acquired with the aim of changing the pace of his life and creating a creative ability and a new horizon, but it seems that the Egyptian invention He did not succeed and made Mustafa two people in one body , each character lives for a full day, and as said in the American movie, the two brothers communicate via a video camera or “mobile” to tell the details of the day to the other to avoid problems.

In the American movie, the two brothers, Jonathan and John, set strict rules, the most important of which was to stay away from falling in love and enter into an emotional relationship so as not to reveal their secret until the unexpected happens, where Jonathan suspects his twins are hiding something from him, and she is “Elena” his girlfriend, whose presence is denounced as a lie. The twins’ routine lives on, and from here each tries to control the other.

In the Egyptian movie, because they are the same person, there is no place for secrets, on the contrary, there is almost surrender of Mustafa and she agrees that character X is the best in terms of creativity, human faculties and personal qualities, which is the point at which the Egyptian scenario is distinguished.

Positive points, but …

The Egyptian film is also credited with creating a dramatic balance between the characters of Mustafa and X, unlike the American movie, which dramatically triumphed over Jonathan and made him the main driver of events, but this state of balance in the Egyptian rage was interspersed with penetrating comic scenes that added nothing new to the film and contributed nothing to Helmy’s balance as a comedian. To reach the second stage of events, which is the conflict as it appeared in the American version , during which director Bill Oliver did it. does not mind discussing or addressing this scientific pathology as much as he was interested in addressing the fluctuations and developments of the relationship between twins and the transformation of a purely routine relationship into an unconventional attempt to control the other before Transformation into a bursting struggle to offer survival. .

In the Egyptian movie, the duo, Mostafa and X, are on their way to a battle for survival, but during this journey several characters appeared, either weak in influence, such as Fairuz “Ruby” and the nurse “Nisreen Amin” or others who intervened, e.g. if the two brothers, the cat and the cat, presented by Amr Abdel Galil, or the thief, whose role was presented by Mahmoud Hafez, the character The only one corresponding to the events was “Sherawat”, who skillfully performs her role has, Noor Ehab, and was the best at acting during the film.Sherwat is the only one among the characters in the film who had an impact on the course of events by dealing with the two characters in a dramatic dimension, which was the only line The light in the film is far from the rest of the lines that appeared incoherent and thin without dramatic links, which dropped further until it came to the point that the most prominent difference between Mustafa and X is limited to the exchange of “hair story!”.

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