Film Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Scary Slumming in the
If you’d like to get a load of what life is like in the slums of the
The reason could be that the picture doesn’t have much of a plot. It sort of looks like the intrepid filmmaker merely followed a bunch of impoverished ghetto dwellers around with a handheld camera and let them behave, or maybe misbehave, in the dysfunctional and often criminal ways you’d expect to find among unfortunate folks trapped in the ‘hood. Among other things, we see a shoplifter plying his trade, a petty thief snatching a necklace off an unsuspecting pedestrian, a blacktop basketball game that turns into an all-out brawl.
Mendoza He even follows the police as they stage an early morning raid of a Filipino gang’s subterranean hideout where they don’t bother to give a gun moll the chance to get decent before breaking into her bedroom. On another occasion, we meet a woman who gives a new meaning t the term “desperate housewives” when she rushes down to the street to try to retrieve her dentures from the sewer after she accidentally drops them down the drain of her sink.
The only phony moment in this otherwise authentic production arrives when we see a local politician or religious figure delivering an obviously empty speech or sermon promising his constituents deliverance from their nightmarish existence. What a priceless contrast which needed no explanation!
Hats off to
Very Good (3 stars)
In Filipino and Tagalog with subtitles.
Running time: 86 Minutes
Distributor: Centerstage Productions