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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Movie Digest # 031

Glorietta 4, Cinema 4, November 28, 8:15pm

Mira Nair is back with this straight from a book adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake". It's a simple story actually about migration blues and selling out our soul for a piece of acceptance. A lot of Pinoys could pretty much relate to this tale of family, identity and growing up. I can say that the film is well made but it doesn't have enough punch to make it to the Oscars (if that was the intention of the filmmaker). The acting is fine especially the one delivered by the actor who played the father. It's also a feel-good film.

Friends who might appreciate it: those who wish to see Taj Mahal (in real or in reel).

Glorietta 4, Cinema 3, November 28, 10:30pm

Now this is an action film! It's technically well made, action scenes are well choreographed, sound is superb, observer shots are well handed and the editing is very edgy. I think this is the first film that gave me an idea on what Saudi Arabia would look like. But the film is beyond that. It doesn't try much to be political like Syriana but it's not as action packed as a Bruce Willis film either. It's got the right mix, I would say. The real-time storytelling is effective as it recounts a weeklong events for four Americans who did an investigation of a massacre in Riyadh. The middle part could be a bore as it becomes a talky version of CSI. Just wait for the denouement as the film explodes like a Super Lolo. The last few scenes are a reminder to the viewers that war never ends for we are driven to "kill them all".

Friends who might appreciate it: my friends from the Middle East.

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