2017

The Foreigner

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The Foreigner is a film about a London businessman named Quan who was devastated after he lost his daughter in a politically-motivated terrorist attack. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, he was forced to venture into a cat-and-mouse conflict with the British government. This movie is directed by Martin Campbell under STX Films.

Casts: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Fearon, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Stephen Hogan, Michael McElhatton, Katie Leung, Dermot Crowley & Rufus Jones.

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

WHAT I LIKE?

The Foreigner may seem to be a familiar take about a father seeking for vengeance but it stands out as a Jackie Chan Movie especially the action scenes tailored specially for him. What I like about the film is its establishing scene at the first part wherein the premise was presented. It was actually good that they invested on the emotional aspect of the character that fired up his revenge and battle for justice. As the movie progresses, the film will venture to a deeper roots of a political conflict that added complications and mystery regarding the bombing incident. Somehow, it was a cool move to add political motives that added thickness to its source material. Performance-wise, I am pretty impressed with Jackie Chan as always. Despite being old already, his stunts and action sequences were well-executed. It offers adequate amount of thrills, mystery and cat-and-mouse formula fairly enjoyable as a whole. Cinematography and visual editing was great. I commend the Production design as well featuring the majestic London and Ireland. If you are in for some Jackie Chan B-movie thing, you might find The Foreigner enjoyable.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The Foreigner was a bit a lost in terms of its source material as it somehow mixed up the idea of the father seeking vengeance for the death of his daughter and the political aspects of the conflict material involving the British & Irish Government. Honestly speaking, I wanted to see more of the pursuit of the father rather than the complications of political motives. At most point, I can’t seem to find any balance and coherence as this two turning points of the film doesn’t necessarily blend. Even with the crossroads, I find the convergence of two points very lame and weak. They should have played around the shallow grounds with the political drama and more of the personal pursuit for justice. If you don’t mind being technical at all, The Foreigner offers a decent chunk of action and drama enjoyable by a round of popcorn and soda.

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorns

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2017

Happy Death Day

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A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discover her killer’s identity. Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon under Universal Studios.

Casts: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken & Laura Clifton

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

WHAT I LIKE?

I have never imagined enjoying so much with a slasher film until I watched Happy Death Day. As expected, the movie went around a familiar aspect and plot material that could easily slip away with some audiences. What made it stood out is the creativity and the story-telling technique of its material which was well-supported with impressive performances from its female lead and a greatly-executed death scenes offering decent screams and thrills. Aside from that, I love how they creatively injected mystery in unveiling the real killer through confusing twists and turns. Brace yourselves with a rollercoaster of it. I must say, that movie was effective enough to be a slasher film and succeeded its capacity to still entertain at some point. I find the twist to be very unexpected which is a good thing in the first place. I really love the phasing and sequences since its very dynamic and engaging. More than a interesting interpretation of the metalife, the movie never fails to deliver an inspiring message to live life to the fullest. Acting-wise, I am pretty satisfied with Jessica on this one. She was so effective and impressive. If you are in for some popcorn fun, Happy Death Day will never disappoint.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I can’t seem to hate Happy Death Day but the notion of “Its a good way to die” replaced “Live Life to the Fullest”.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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2017

Seven Sundays

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Seven Sundays is a story of the Bonifacio siblings, who reunite after their father is diagnosed with cancer. On the process, they have to deal with unresolved issues among themselves as they fulfill their promise to their father to stick together. This movie is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

Casts: Ronaldo Valdez, Dingdong Dantes, Aga Muhlach, Cristine Reyes, Enrique Gil, Donita Rose, Ketchup Eusebio, Kean Cipriano, Cacai Bautista, Jeffrey Tam

Genre: Family Drama

Previous Movies of Cathy Garcia-Molina: My Ex & WhysJust the 3 of Us

WHAT I LIKE?

Seven Sundays is a cinematic masterpiece and one of Star Cinema’s finest films after Tanging Yaman. The film is a perfect blend of family drama, romance and heartwarming message that cuts deep. What I like about the movie is its faithfulness to the Filipino Family spirit and its direct and on-point interpretation of family-oriented values that most of us can relate to. Its very close to the Filipino audience as it tackles different issues within an ordinary family setting from indifferences and struggles that are realistic. I really commend the creativity on majority of the scenes specially the Opening Credits. Cinematography-wise, its impressive. Phasing and variety of sequences are great since the scenes were supported well with superb performances and consistent story-telling technique. The scenes and conversations were just right with the plot. I really love the script and choice of words too. Seven Sundays’ main strength is its impressive cast of characters. All of them were just great in their own roles and were all good compliments with each other. Aga Muhlach was a perfect choice as an eldest sibling. Dingdong Dantes’ portrayal of a rich sibling was good too. Cristine Reyes may play the same role of a estranged wife but this time, she is realistic. Enrique Gil’a role at first maybe vague and irrelevant but as the story progresses, he will bring us into a deeper take on his side in the family. Overall, Cathy Garcia-Molina did a great job in combining a stellar cast with a very heartwarming and inspiring plot material close to our heart. Worth-watching indeed.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The ending is a bit off and cringe-worthy for me. Its forgivable though.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Geostorm

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After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But everything went i to chaos when the system malfunctioned putting the whole world at risk. The people behind it must uncover the real threat before the Geostorm will wipe out the whole world. This is directed by Dean Devlin under Warner Bros. Pictures.

Casts: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Abbie Cornish, Katheryn Winnick & Sterling Jerins

Genre: Science-Fiction, Thriller, Action

WHAT I LIKE?

Geostorm is very timely especially it talks about Climate Change. What I like about the movie is its interesting take on controlling Climae Change through a certain technology built by several countries around the world. The movie has the basic formula of a disaster-inspired movie. From the drama, thrills, action and a little bit of mystery – Geostorm has adequate amount of each category. The movie’s overall phasing was direct and fast. It started immediately with the main plot and supported by a series of investigative and catastrophic scenes you expect in this genre. It offers a decent serving of suspense. The movie is also acted by good actors and actresses spearheaded by Gerard Butler. This B-disaster movie is generally satisfying when you lower down your expectations.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Geostorm tries so hard to become a copycat of 2012, War of the Worlds, Deep Impact and Amarggedon but comes a bit short in beating these film giants in the disaster-movie genre. Geostorm lacks primary ingredients in the genre. Somehow, it lacks plot development on the interesting source material. They put focus on some dramatic scenes rathern than investing much on the plot should d to the loss of mystery and excitement already to begin with. Also, I did not find the visual editing impressive enough. Lots of the scenes were to CGI-ish and some were badly edited I guess. Somehow I was managed upon seeing their trailer, the movie is as good as a round of popcorn patnered with a bottled water. Easily forgetable and did not even belong to my Top 5 Disaster movies of all time. You may or may not watch this on theater.

RATINGS:

6.5/10 Popcorns.

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2017

The Debutantes

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The Debutantes is a story of girls aspiring for an enjoyable 18th birthday celebration but has instead turned bloody with a curse cast upon them. This is directed by Prime Cruz under Regal Entertainment Inc.

Casts: Sue Ramirez, Miles Ocampo, Michelle Vito, Jane de Leon, Chanel Morales, Paolo Gumabao,

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Previous Movies of Prime Cruz: Can we still be friends? (Star Cinema, 2017)

WHAT I LIKE?

As a horror film, The Debutantes is generally consistent with its tone, formula and storyline. Horror films produced by Regal Films lately are really changing the industry’s trend in Pinoy Horror film-making. What I like about The Debutantes is its risk in bringing in young and fresh faces in showbiz as its main characters. It was actually refreshing to see these young, talented and beautiful ladies who each portrayed well in their respective roles. Sue was a great lead actress. I can see her shining in every scene and she was able portray well that weirdo and troubled kind of person. Michelle, Chanel, Jane & Miles were all great too. The 3 mean girls were pretty annoying hence they are all effective. Miles was a good support lead too. In terms of plot, The Debutantes is straight-forward in being a Horror film with a handful of solid jump-out scares and fairly-executed death scenes. Its a bloody ride indeed. The sound effects were good and the horror scenes are safely done without some obvious CGI effects. Its dark, silent and mysterious.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The main problem I see with The Debutantes is its obvious flaw of revealing the twist at the first half of the movie. The mystery and excitement of its promising material was ruined because of its predictability in the first place. If you are to indentify the turn around of its plot on the early part, there is no more grand or special to expect but see the characters die one by one. This ain’t a spoiler. The trailer already gave a glimpse of them dying in horrible ways. Being scary in general, the film is only average compared with Regal Film’s best Horror movie so far – Haunted Mansion. What The Debutantes lack is the intensity of its death scenes. I could have expected more since there’s a lot to improve in Pinoy Horror films nowadays. Majority of the death scenes could have been more creative and bloodier too. I mean, the movie is totally dark and straight forward so I expect that they will invest on bloody scenes. Unfortunately, death scenes are in small proportions that could have been way better. The talented casts were really put into waste by its poorly-written storyline that is utterly forgetable. You may or may not watch this on cinemas.

RATINGS:

5/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Last Night (Star Cinema)

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Mark, a man who is dealing with personal issues meets Carmina after they rescue an old man from the railway tracks. The two then get together and have fun. Although both of them have other partners, they decided to spend one last night together. They both learned something about each other and their struggles in life. This movie is directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal under Star Cinema.

Casts: Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Joey Marquez, Lou Veloso, Margie Moran, Illac Diaz, Cholo Barreto, Patrick Sugui & Cedric Juan

Genre: Romance, Drama

Previous Movies of Piolo Pascual: Love me TomorrowSilong & The Break-up Playlist

WHAT I LIKE?

Last Night offers a new take and spin-off on the typical Star Cinema Romcom films especially when we talk about Piolo and Toni as love team. This time, its dark, controversial yet very creative and deep. Last Night tackles a very sensitive issue of Suicide and the struggles of life that really goes through a certain variety of audience who are not used with the way Star Cinema movies are a done. On a larger scale, the movie isn’t fully glorifying suicide but rather takes the audience to a floating idea and realizations especially when we are faced with bigger problems and hardships in our way. Despite the dark and controversial take of the plot, the movie geared away by injecting light humor and very engaging conversations throughout the movie. Aside from that, the setting and production design is superb featuring the beautiful Intramuros and iconic Jones Bridge. The phasing was just right to give away to a surprising and emotional twist. Aside from that, the Theme songs fit the movie. Glad they got Moira for this tooActing-wise, Toni and Piolo were just a joy to watch on-screen. They were both natural and their chemistry is effortless. Both of them gave justice to their roles as a whole. What I love about Last Night is its creative approach in presenting life lessons that is truly very relatable especially to mature audiences. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Last Night is dark, deep, brilliantly-crafted and relevant.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, if you are expecting Last Night to be a typical romcom movie of Star Cinema, you might get disappointed and even bored at times. Last Night is an entirely different spin that may hit or miss Pinoy audience. On the plot development, some hints and turnaround is presented on the first half. Somehow, this reveal lost the film’s mystery and magic as you are looking at the film on that projection already and the waiting time is a little bit prolonged. As a whole, I still enjoyed Last Night. For the record, the movie did not bring me to tears but it did moved and I can almost feel the heavy and heartwarming feel inside. Somehow, I felt the whole movie is relevant.

RATINGS:

8/10 Popcornsz

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2017

Flatliners (2017)

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Five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience. As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side. This movie is directed by Ben Ripley under Columbia Pictures.

Casts: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiefer Sutherland, Kiersey Clemons, Beau Mirchoff, Steve Byers

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

What I like about Flatliners is its approach on presenting its intriguing and dynamic plot about the Medical World and the Afterlife. The creative and scientific interpretation of the Afterlife is well-crafted with an impressive Medical world setting. Production design and Cinematography is impressive. I really love majority of the scenes especially during the hospital and the flatlining scenes. Even though I can’t relate with their profession and their terminologies, I think they were more or less accurate. Aside from a good story set-up, the movie has explored well the superficial side of the story too. The movie also has good thrilling and decent scares. Its has also good visuals and sound engineering as well. I also loved the characters. Overall, sequencing and phase was just right with the way the story is presented. The film left a little mystery until the end and some surprising twists.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I wish there was a deeper conflict development and climax build-up. Somehow, its generally forgivable. Still an enjoyable flick with a round of popcorn and soda.

RATINGS:

7.5/10 Popcorns.

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