“Sin Island” tells the story of a picture-perfect married couple David and Kanika whose paradise in each other’s arms will be put to the test as she enters into a dangerous affair shortly after his career tanks into a downward spiral. As David discovers Kanika’s transgressions, he flees to Sinilaban Island where he meets and engages in a carnal affair with a girl named Tasha (Nathalie Hart). Despite their mistakes, the couple decides to rekindle their marriage, but Tasha refuses to let go of David. This movie is directed by Gino M. Santos under Star Cinema.
Casts: Xian Lim, Coleen Garcia, Nathalie Hart, TJ Trinidad, Bernard Palanca, Dominic Ochoa, Thou Reyes, Desiree del Valle, Nikki Valdez.
Genre: Romance, Thriller
WHAT I LIKE?
I really admire Star Cinema for taking a bold risk in producing an R-16 movie about infidelity and love with a very surprising and shocking twist in the end. I was really impressed with how the movie tackled love, sex, marriage and everything in between. For me, its still one of their finest masterpieces so far. With a beautiful cinematography especially on the introduction part, the movie perfectly set the mood of a fruitful marriage. The bump on the marriage came in just the right time too. It was pretty realistic given the circumstances of David as thriving Photographer and Kanika as an ambitious flight attendant. Dialogues were good. The conflict material is strong too. The movie’s twist begins when Tasha enters into the picture. The whole Sin Island scenes were shot perfectly. All scenes and angles are beautiful. The intimate sex scenes were done professionally though expect some R-16 content. Acting-wise, I had some high respects for Xian and Coleen. They have a good chemistry too. Coleen’s acting with Nathalie is quite impressive. The biggest revelation of the movie is Nathalie. She was just impressive on her characterization. Overall, the whole cast were good. I love the contrast of the characters. What I love about Sin Island is its disturbing and suprising twist. Well, you just have to watch the film to find out. For me, it was brilliantly-executed and the climax is pretty entertaining.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
My expectations for Sin Island was low so I have no disapppointments. The movie has some R-16 content and disturbing scenes not suitable for younger audiences.
Dear Other Self is a story about a woman Becky who takes on a journey that will help her find herself, in the hopes of achieving genuine happiness. She is currently at the crossroads of her life whether to choose responsibility or adventure. This movie is directed by Veronica Velasco under Star Cinema.
Casts: Jodi Sta. Maria, Xian Lim, Joseph Marco, Carla Martinez, Bodjie Pascual, Paul Salas, Elaine Ochoa
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
WHAT I LIKE?
The movie is very light-hearted and relatable in a sense that the material is also timely especially for Millennials out there. Dear Other Self is focuses on life-changing decisions in terms of career, responsibilities and the love for travel. What I like about the film is that the whole premise is actually an eye-opener for all Millennials who are confused on pursuing their careers and love for travel. Moreover, Dear Other Self will open your eyes to various factors to consider such as family and responsibility that are indeed vital to consider when making these kind of decisions in life. The strength of this movie is its foundation of strong family ties. I loved how the director gave value to Family which is really a fact especially for us Filipinos. Loved the inclusions of many scenes on the dining table. Those scenes were properly executed in a way that the characters can be able to fortify the film’s storyline especially when making decisions. The film’s strength also lies on its creative cinematography. I like how the director presented Two different options on all scenes. Its like 2 movies at the same time with different consequences. Truly, the movie has lived up to its title. Somehow, this is effective in showing the other side of the coin and raise questions to audience about their ”what ifs” in life. The setting was also great. I like how they utilized Thailand well in the movie. Shots in Thailand were great and superbly executed. Jodi Sta. Maria was impressive in the film too. I loved the consistency she has done in portraying two different perspective of herself. She is lovable in the film. Joseph Marco was also a goof compliment with Jodi. Compared with Xian Lim, I see a stronger chemistry with him and Jodi. Xian Lim on the other hand was also good though I prefer Joseph Marco here. Generally, the movie will give you a decent amount of comedy, romance, family drama and a tidbits of travel as well. Still, worth-watching.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
In as much as I like the whole premise, but I still believe that it could have been better if they have done shots with more places other than Thailand. The movie is all about life-changing decisions on travel so it is just right to show variety of places in the world as well to show justice of the decision made by Becky in the film. That lack of variety made the film a little bit isolated too. On the part of character build up, I find it less with Xian Lim on this film. For the romantic build up, I loved the Joseph-Jodi tandem but build up was too fast and very unclear too. Regardless of this somehow forgivable flaws, Dear Other Self is indeed a Star Cinema masterpiece worth-watching.