Redundant, Redux

'Si Agimat, Si Enteng, at Si Ako' is utterly unnecessary.

Si Agimat, Si Enteng, at Si Ako offers so little in the way of inspiration. The previous crossover films have given little reason to be hopeful, but the novelty at least pushed the filmmakers to try new things. This is not the case here. It is as artless as films get, the film practically pausing the entire story in order to deliver a mid-movie commercial. And even when you get past all that, it can only give audiences the same thing they’ve been offering up for the past few years: very tepid fantasy action, with no one to really care about.

Agimat (Bong Revilla), hero of Amuleto, has proposed marriage to his love Samara (Sam Pinto). He invites his friend Enteng Kabisote (Vic Sotto) to the wedding, and asks for his help as he and Samara spend their honeymoon in the human world. The two heroes meet Angelina (Judy Ann Santos), an environmental activist who is secretly the princess of a magical kingdom. A grave alien threat arrives on both Earth and Amuleto, and the three must join forces to protect their worlds. But the heroes’ respective wives don’t take very well to Angelina, threatening the alliance.

The plot takes a while to kick in. Much of the early going is dedicated to scenes devoted to product placement and hazy gender politics. Between the blatant sales pitches and the odious portrayal of women, the movie makes it difficult to care about anything that happens. Did you know that Sun IDD lets you call abroad for just 2 Pesos a minute? You will. There’s an entire scene built around delivering that fact. It’s easy enough to accept product placement in movies, but this takes it way too far. And the entire plot bends on the idea that the wives can’t get over their jealousy long enough to try and save the world. Are we supposed to root for these characters?

And even when the movie arrives at its big action set pieces, it all feels perfunctory at best. Aside from some impressive production design, the filmmakers show little affinity for the subject matter. It's all just the same thing, rehashed for another year. These unbeatable heroes run rampant through an indistinct threat, never feeling like they're in any actual danger. Special effects fill out the world around them, though none of it looks particularly good.

The cast continues to do their jobs. Vic Sotto is still occasionally funny, though at some point you have to think that he’d get tired of being called handsome. Bong Revilla continues to be dour and wooden, even through the comedic scenes. Judy Ann Santos attacks the role with full enthusiasm, but there’s hardly anything there. Her entire arc seems to be built around having crushes on the two heroes, and that’s really beneath the star’s formidable talents.

Si Agimat, Si Enteng, at Si Ako is utterly unnecessary. There are already several movies just like it in existence, ones with less blatant product placement and a less skeevy overall tone. The people involved in the picture seem to be producing it completely out of inertia at this point, just going through the motions for another year, hoping to lure in people based on name recognition alone. It is a valid way to make a movie, but it very rarely turns out to be something good.

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