Sunday, 28 June 2015

Movie Review: Maskara

The Philippines is being geared up to be interconnected through a system called One Wired Nation (OWN).  This would allow faster and easier access to information across the country –from the smallest Baranggay to Malacañang.  With OWN progress is enevitable says Bert Javelo (Lance Raymundo), from Prime Connections, the company who won the contract to build and manage OWN. Bert promises instant service and progress to the country.  But Pia Gorospe (Ina Feleo) is not convinced and smells something wrong.

MASKARA follows the story of Pia Gorospe, an award-winning journalist, as she tries to uncover the truth behind the death of Primecon executive and author of the OWN project Willie Miranda (Rolando Inocencio).

As she slowly puts bits and pieces of the clues left by Willie to her before he was murdered, Pia gets to meet Bert Javelo, PrimeCon's suave Marketing executive and Alex Mayo (Ping Medina), a military intelligence operative.  One of them is hiding the truth and pretends to be in love with her.  The other one is defending the truth and would be willing to die for her. Their quest for truth takes them all the way to Marinduque during Holy Week.  

In this quaint town at the heart of the country, Pia witnesses the Moriones tradition – a Lenten ritual where Longinus bravely spreads that Christ has resurrected even if it means being beheaded.  Here she realizes the need to defend the truth, like Longinus, even if it means offering her life.

The film has a good story to tell about the political situation of our country anchored by decent tension and twist with good performance by Yna Feleo, Ping Medina and Lance Raymundo. A fine action suspense local film with worthy cast and storyline.

My Verdict: 3/5 

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