Friday, 26 September 2014

Movie Review: Dementia

In the hopes of helping her aunt Mara (Nora Aunor) better deal with her dementia, Nora (Jasmine Curtis) moves her out to their family's remote ancestral home. There Nora records Mara's daily activities and helps engage the older woman in exercises that would help her cognitive thinking, such as putting together jigsaw puzzles. What Nora didn't plan on is that Mara's presence in the house will stir up memories and presences that are better left undisturbed

This film will give you a different kind of local horror film. This is not the usual horror film that we usually see on our local films in which there are serial of killings all throughout the film. This one is different, its horrifying element is within the film itself it is subtle yet effective to make you believe and scare to the premise that the movie offers. It is good that the film has a solid foundation of story which helps a lot to make you hook up on every succeeding scene.

Kapuri puri sa pelikula ang lokasyon na ginamit upang maging epektibo at maramdaman ko ang istorya na gusto nilang ibahagi. Naramdaman ko at tumawid sa akin ang environment sa Batan which means na effective ang production design at cinematography ng movie. I also like the texture na ginamit sa film na medyo dark and rough yung color which helps to add mood to the tone of the film. Magaling lahat ng artista na kasama sa pelikula at naging epektibo sa kanilang pagganap. It’s refreshing to see Jeric Gonzales in this film na nasubaybayan ko sa Protégé at nakita ko na ang laki ng inimprove sa pag arte sa pelikulang ito. Jasmin Curtis is a natural actress. Nagustuhan ko iyong pagiging genuine ng acting niya na very natural, subtle and effective. This actress is truly a gem of her generation. Naapektuhan ako doon sa scene after Mara fell on the cliff and Jasmin cried I really felt her there. Bing Loyzaga is also good in the film and also one of the under rated actress in our industry. And of course the one and the only premiere actress of our country Ms. Nora Aunor once again nailed her character as Mara in this film. She effectively portrays and makes us believe on her character. Napaka expressive ng mga mata niya, konti lang ang dialogue niya sa pelikula at puro nuances lang siya but her presence was really felt in the film.

Overall for the debut film of Direk Perci, I think he did a good job for giving us something new and different taste of horror. I can see that he has a potential of giving us something new and fresh approach in filmmaking. Over all I like the totality of the film. Naging buo naman yung pelikula para sa akin at consistent from start until the end. This is a well-made local horror flick so if you would like to see a different kind of local horror film, watch this.

My Verdict:  3.5/5

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