Would I recommend this movie:
Definitely. This film should be watched by everyone! I would even want my friends overseas, non Filipinos to watch it. It cuts super deep that it makes you want to do something better with your life—it makes you want to be a better human being knowing that majority of people are shitheads. This movie is eye opening, realistic that fucks you inwards, outwards, sideways and all ways possible. YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS MOVIE.
The story is about a bust operation that involves a big time drug dealer in the slums. The police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency would deal with the Buy Bust Operation only to find out that it was a crazy fucking operation. From the very beginning, the operation was just a fucking failure and the PDEA officials were trapped in this small community with no other choice but to fight their way out.
**No spoilers yet**
What can I say about the technical stuff (shots, screenplay, delivery of dialogue, cast of characters, setting, plot)
The fight scenes were super intense. At first I was starting to get umay because it’s just so heavy and crazy. No time for talk, just blood and gore. I was getting really stressed and exhausted but I realized that the story is happening in just less than 24 hours so maybe that’s why there weren’t a lot of time for talk. Just pure action and patayan!
Shots, I’ve read people getting dizzy and saying that the shots are too dark ? but one thing I have learned from my film class back in college is that the frames and shots are also part of the story. If it’s dark and shaky—it just means that the story they want to deliver depicts shakiness and darkness. So maybe that’s why it makes us dizzy ? Because the reality of this story is masakit sa ulo levelz.
Screenplay, less words, more actions. I would have liked more confrontation, more dialogues but I guess the film worked out the way it is anyway so baka ako lang yung madaldal that wants more haha
And like I said, there weren’t enough room for words because everything happened in less than 24 hours. Action kung action talaga! And siguro, mas realistic talaga yung konting dialogues only because if you were there, fighting your way out, fighting for your life and your squad’s life, walang masyadong salitaan. Puro siguro bakbakan.
Delivery of dialogues, SUPERB. Every “putangina” is just as malutong as it SHOULD be in that kind of setting. Even the extras with dialogue—kinana ng maayos. Tumatak sa akin yung isang extra dialogue na “PDEA supot!” while shots were being fired. I was imagining how they came up with that, adlib lang ba yon or? Because it’s so freaking realistic. NKKLK I swear haha. Not to mention that the lines were thrown with impact that it cuts deep especially the line at the end of the film.
Cast of characters, I feel like everyone were perfect for the characters they portrayed. Ang husay ng casting sa film na ito. I didn’t feel like the cast were out of place or that they were not embodying their characters perfectly. I was wanting to mention the characters I love the most pero I love everyone in their roles. Victor Neri, Brandon Vera, Anne Curtis, Mara Lopez—actually the whole Alpha and Bravo team. Walang tapon, especially Alex Calleja as Teban. I was really waiting to see how Alex Calleja would do in his role as Teban. Kyx and I have known Alex to be this super funny guy so we were intrigued how he would act haha. Same goofball that he is in real life but very very effective.
Setting, very eerie and it makes me cringe how very realistic it is. Kaloka!
Plot, though it is predictable it wasn’t the disappointing kind of predictable.
How I felt:
I know that I was in for a treat. I prepared myself for the gore and action packed scenes but I still found myself on the edge of my seat trying hard not to blink—afraid to miss something.
I wasn’t really surprised with the ending, I figured it out in the beginning of the film and I had an idea about the revelation, what captured me is how REAL the movie is. I know I have not been exposed to things like this in real life and it’s just scary and sad to know that people who live in the slums experience this. I mean it’s not like the writers and director of this film made it all up right? For sure it all happens in real life and we’re just too privileged and blind to see what’s going on.
Over all, I found this film very sad and got my heart broken. Hayyy Pilipinas. Hayy life. And you know, it makes you helpless because what the hell can you do when people in power are the ones manipulating it all?
What I learned from the film:
It’s eye opening. I realized how privileged I am, we are, because though we know how hard life is for the poorest of the poor, we know NOTHING about how it REALLY IS in their neighbourhood, in the life they live on a daily basis, kung ano ba ang kalakaran sa lugar na talamak ang bentahan ng droga.
(sort of a spoiler so don’t dare read this part if you have not watched the movie)
What Kyx and I would suggest:
First of all, we are not professional film critics but Kyx is an artist with lots of ideas that can swamp you and I am a Communication Arts graduate with units in Directing, Screenplay and Creative Writing (bakit ako nageexplain? Haha) So anyway, I mentioned that the gore and action packed scenes are maybe too much for us so it would have been better to have shown the following:
- The outside world, the Police group that is supposed to be the back-up of PDEA officials. It would have been nice to see what they were doing while everyone is just about to get fucked up in the operation. Were they lounging? Do they even know that they will be the ones to back-up the officials?
- Sir Alvarez, his personal life. Maybe it would have been pretty clever to show him in a family man kind of light? Just so theories would die down while watching the film and the audience could get fucked in the brains toward the end. Something like that haha.
- *sobrang spoiler don’t read unless you’ve watched* Nonie Buencamino is always cunning, always the traydor in the story. I don’t know if we just watched many films with Nonie Buencamino being the traydor kasi doon naging predictable lahat eh. I would have liked it if we are theorizing that Nonie was the culprit but in the end there’s someone in the background na hindi obvious na culprit tapos everyone was just thinking that Nonie is Hudas pero hindi pala talaga? Gets?
- Sobrang sobrang dami lang talagang crazy na nakikipatay patayan. Hindi nauubos yung umaatake but well, according to Matti, it’s a zombie film without the zombies so let’s give it to him haha. Siguro hindi ko lang talaga alam paano ang kalakaran sa ganong area. Baka kasi ganon talaga in real life ? I don’t know.
- Wala na kaming further suggestions but probably my most favourite character is Bernie Lacson played by Victor Neri. Probably because I was really rooting for him. Or maybe because even though he was tough and he’s sort of the boss, he knows how to say sorry especially when he knows he acted way out of hand? Gets nyo? Or may
boss issues ako and apologies concerns sa mga tao? hahahaha
However, we are not the director and we’re not even film critics to begin with so this is just our thought haha.
I cannot stress enough how this film has fucked with me in so many ways. Hayyyy, watch it you guys!
Movie poster from google