On The Job


I’m a bit of a snob. I don’t really go to the movies to watch Filipino films. I haven’t had the urge to go see them, since they are usually of the same mold (sorry!). There are a few that I really like: Dekada ’70, Himala, Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara, Ngayon Nandito Ka (Echo – Kristine forever!), Magnifico, Rizal, Muro Ami, Tanging Yaman, Oro Plata Mata.

Where have all the great film makers gone? Maybe the industry is too expensive?

But after hearing all the rave reviews of On The Job, I got the bug to watch it. Even two weeks after the initial showing, with a search online on where to watch it (like the old wing of Eastwood or the old wing of Sta Lucia East). Des and I went to Eastwood.

I loved it. It was a good movie. I’ll even list it up there with my favorites. The story is … umm… real? Or everyone accepts it as real (and that, in itself, is scary… if we all accept that situations like that happen). The storyline was good, it was fast-paced, and everyone acted well.

Joel Torre is amazing. He is a living legend. Angel Aquino as his wife? Kind of off. Gerald Anderson is our local Zach Efron. The boyish looking young idol trying to get out of that mold. It’s a difficult thing to do, and he is trying. Just hard to imagine him in prison. Maybe he could have roughed it up a bit more. Lost some teeth.

Piolo Pascual and Rayver Cruz as NBI agents? This isn’t Bad Boys. I don’t think you’d find them in the NBI either (no offense)!

Rosanna Roces was a scene stealer (“pusher ka na? Akala ko drug user ka lang!”), and Joey Marquez was the heart of the movie. Good people are still in government? And they don’t die? Hard to imagine Joey Marquez in that role (not true to life?), but it’s a movie.

The General’s line to Piolo was classic. It summed the movie up. And it was delivered perfectly. You will get your chance at revenge. In your own time.

Scary storyline because we all accept it as true. Will it change? We can only hope.

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