Movie Review for Sabik

Bathing Scenes

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Sabik is mostly notable for one thing: a couple of ludicrously long bathing scenes. Other than that, the movie can only offer the typical shoddiness one has come to expect from this subset of our cinema. The movie appears to have been constructed for the sole purpose of containing these extra long bathing scenes, the story and its characters a mere afterthought. Sabik is further indication that this genre of our cinema will never really hit bottom.

Adonis and Amanda (Lawrence Manalo and Renee Lopez) are vigorously trying to have a baby, but they aren't having any luck. Amanda's younger sister Myra (Mia Henarez) moves in, bringing along her boyfriend Glenn (Christopher Capistrano). In a moment of weakness, Amanda betrays her husband and her sister by sleeping with Glenn. She tries to end the affair soon after, but her intentions are thwarted by her sudden pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Adonis' younger brother Xander (Jay Enriquez) is exploring his own sexuality, having his first gay experiences. The film basically runs the gamut of clichés of this genre. It barely tries to string together a logical sequence of events. It's more likely to linger on a bathing scene than explore the emotions inherent to the story. Seriously, this movie has two of the longest bathing scenes I've ever seen, the camera digging into every nook and cranny of its actors' naked forms.

The movie doesn't even bother to make the sex feel natural. The people on this movie seem to have sex based simply on proximity, their bodies just moving on their own accord, ignoring the severe lack of mood or motivation. The characters are utterly unimportant, all of them acting as blank templates, their lives guided entirely by whim and contrivance.

The pivotal acts of adultery, for example, don't make any sense whatsoever. Amanda initiates the infidelity out of nowhere, suddenly coming on to Glenn without showing any prior interest. And in practically the next scene, she’s trying to break it off. Pretty much the same thing happens between Adonis and Myra, the two basically deciding to have sex just because they were crouched down on the floor at the same time. Maybe it's those long showers. Maybe they all smell too good to resist. More likely, it's just really lazy writing.

Sabik ends up going nowhere as well, the story unable to capitalize on any of the potential drama borne from the situation. The movie just thuds into a perfunctory ending that deigns to offer some sort of moralistic judgment on its characters. That's really rich coming from this movie, which is really little more than a framework for really long bathing scenes. The movie’s content only gives it the right to offer advice on how to clean behind the ears. Anything else would be giving it entirely too much credit.

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