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08 August 2014

Cinemalaya 2014: "Asintado" (Film Review)

RATING: 2.5/5
My discomfort in viewing “Asintado” is further aggravated by the error committed by whoever was in charge of the projector in Trinoma Cinema 4 on August 6 during the 9 P.M. screening. In the middle of the film, as Aiko Melendez’s character conversed with two women while cooking, the screen suddenly froze, the reel ended, then blank screen for at least 5 seconds or so. The cinema technician was definitely not paying attention, perhaps asleep. When the film finally resumed, viewers saw Miggs Cuaderno’s character trying to shoot a small chicken. Clearly, a reel of film was missing and  that reel contained very crucial scenes. It might have contained the scene where Jake Vargas’ character (Tonio), a hired drug courier, received the mysterious black stones from a man in exchange for money. Based on what transpired in the latter part of the film, I can safely assume that Tonio handed the black stones to his brother for safekeeping while Tonio fooled around with his new girlfriend. I am guessing. Regardless, whatever might be in that missing reel of film, it would explain why Tonio’s brother possessed the black stones.

However, even if I were able to see the complete film, “Asintado” would still be a labor to watch. The film was already on its downward path even in the first twenty minutes. Aiko Melendez delivered “TV-acting” and the effort to make her look tan was obvious. I can actually see her sweat under her bronze make-up. “Asintado” has the potential to be great. The “Taong Putik” Festival is already cinematic on its own, and to successfully use it as part of a film narrative is a commendable feat. Sadly, “Asintado” missed its mark to speak in an ironic tone.

The only good thing about the film is the theme song by Gloc-9 featuring Lirah Bermudez. I love it.

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