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5.0 out of 5 stars
crime stories... more fun in the Philippines, 31 Dec. 2013
so no reviews for one of the best films of 2013, shame...
a simple story of a family who go from the provenance's in the Philippines to the big city of Manila, what this family get while there isn't what they was expecting, a kinda dante inferno awaits them - trying to make some hard earn peso for their child.
The husband gets sucked into crime story, while trying to keep his head above water. The wife ends up working as a 'hostess' in the 'Go-Go' bars.
I enjoyed this film a lot, having visited Philippines many times, and seeing (unfort) some of the hardships the people in Manila live in, this film (just) about manages to not to be condescending, its shot in a very 'fly on the wall' style, handheld (but thank God not bloody 'shake-y cam', you hear me Mr. Bourne) Manila is as much a character in the film as one of the actors.
Ive read a re-make its in the works, wherever or not the story will just take place in another city, or they will Americanize it and say Tan up some tosh like Ryan Reynolds and then put Lou Diamond Philips as the baddie - in it to you know keep it authentic, I don't know, I don't care.
Oh and one more thing, DONT EXPECT THE RAID PART 2, yep they is action in this, but not John Woo. Yes it was made by an English guy, same as the The Raid, most of buzz about this film at first was it going to be like The Raid-it isnt, that film is one thing and this is another.