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“Amigo” is a modest effort to re-introduce the often forgotten Filipino-American war to Filipinos. Despite being directed by an Academy Award nominated director , “Amigo” might have failed to attract enough interest, especially in competition against movies like “Temptation Island,” “Transformers,” “Green Lantern,” and “Monte Carlo.” It is unfortunate because John Sayles was able to present a more real picture of the Filipino-American war in a small scale. By choosing to center his story in a quiet provincial town rather than in a big battle field, Sayles was able to retain some authenticity. Sayles created a more intimate film rather than an epic-type period movie. The film has its flaws and may disappoint some adamant moviegoers. However, the film’s greatest strength was that it was unapologetic in its honesty. The film did not defend American interest but it also did not hold back in showing the shortcomings of Filipinos. Despite its flaws, the film’s charm is that it refuses to preach. It simply presents a story and invites us to watch it unfolds, even if the unfolding is unhurried.