Sunday, 6 March 2016

Movie Review: EDSA

Three stories, one day in EDSA. An opportunistic entrepreneur, (Hayden Kho), develops a bond with a streetkid (John Manalo), trying to help him get to his business meeting in Makati, after losing his cellphone to a snatcher. A teacher (Sue Prado) from the province haggles with a former OFW, turned taxi driver (Allen Dizon), whether the country should follow world standards in basic education requirements. And a snatcher (Aljur Abrenica) trying to reform himself with the help of a nurse (Kris Bernal) by trying to return what he stole. Three stories all asking the same thing: what matters most, the collective or the individual gain?

A well edited socio cultural film with story that truly close to our hearts. EDSA is a surreal reflection of microcosm for the cultural and national condition we are in as Filipinos.  EDSA traffic becomes a metaphor for the delayed progress we are all frustrated with. Slipping in and out of character, variously embodying, studying, and commenting on their counterparts, the actors manage both dramatic recreation and its deconstruction with confidence.  A social relevant film to watch by yesterday's and today's generation.

My Verdict: 3.5/5

The Cast of EDSA with Director Alvin Yapan at the premiere screening

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