Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Movie Review: Bliss

Jane Ciego started acting in showbiz at a young age. Now in her 30s, she decides to produce her own film to win some respect in the industry. But things do not go as planned and an accident on location cripples her. Jane wakes up unable to walk and trapped in her own home, a large house filled with strange sounds and people who may want to harm her.

She is looked over by her cold husband Carlo and a sadistic nurse named Lilibeth, and then there is Rose, a nurse wanted by authorities for sexually molesting a patient. She mysteriously enters Jane’s life and soon begins affecting her dreams as much as her waking life. Jane’s sanity begins to crumble as the horrors pile up in a symphony of blood, tears and madness. What was supposed to be a simple dream for Jane soon becomes an endless nightmare.

Finally a different kind of  local suspense thriller film. Bold, disturbing and mind fucking.  Bliss is the best local psychological thriller film for me that I've seen in recent years. A great mystery flick with its plot that is never predictable or obvious. The movie keeps surprising the audience in every twist, that always comes out of nowhere. An absolute mind-twister of a thriller from Jerrold Tarog. It is extremely graphic in its execution.  Iza Calazado's performance is brazenly flawless in every way. She gives the best, most complex and thrilling female performance of 2017. I got affected by her role as I sympathize to her character and want to help her in her ordeal. Adriane Vergara is also an actress to watch to with her effective performance as villain to Iza. You will definitely hate her in this film.

From Sharmaine Beuncamino, TJ Trinidad, Audie Gemora and up to the cameo characters, all of them gave great performance. Jerrold Tarog directs the shit out of all the cast members and there's no bad characters or any dumb scenes! The film tackles a lot of aspect including realities in showbiz industry, infidelity,  and knowing your worth as individual. It will give admirable message to the audience about giving  value to one's self and knowing more the people around you. Bliss is a mysterious puzzle, not mainly about its plot, but the question of who people truly are  and what they're capable of. This is one heck of a good Filipino film to watch for 2017 especially for those fans of horror suspense psychological thriller film.

My Verdict: 5/5


The long queue of line for Bliss Free Screening

Iza Calzado and Adrienne Vergara after the Bliss Free Screening at UP Film Center

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