"Ano nga ba ang halaga ng isang bayani?"
Jerrold Tarog again made a masterpiece. It is not the hype but I think we should all not missed the more than 2-hour run of this movie as the best part of it was Tarog showcasing the 23-year old General's transformation from a hero whom status is that much like of a celebrity to a soldier who realizes the very core of his duty - to sacrifice himself and die for his country with pride and dignity. Yes, sounds exaggerated but it was successful in reviving my vigorous love for my country.
By the looks of it, the whole cast and crew did it all 'para sa bayan'. Credits to the production as it is so hard to shoot on top of the mountains. They literally need to climb to fulfill the demands of the movie. I climbed several mountains before but the struggle of climbing it were doubled or maybe trupled for this team considering the climate's ever changing mood. The three years was all worth it. I admittedly now appreciate the Battle of Tirad Pass as I felt the challenge of the Filipinos back then to secure what is rightfully ours.
I hardly thought Paulo Avelino is underacting. Because he is doing what he always used to do - make ladies shiver in his charms. It was effortless as his charms were naturally magnetic. But as the film progresses, I realized that those scenes were needed for us to fully understand that this is the life of Goyo way back until he was awakened of the importance of his rank and prominence. I suddenly did not see Avelino anymore but a General making his decisions and pushing not for his stature but moreso for the benefit and protection of his motherland. A real 'Agila' just flew right into my eyes.
With Goyo's powerful script and execution, I accept that seeing this movie is a responsibility of every Filipino more than anything else. The message came across and it hit me so hard. This is a realization that needs to be materialized. Tandaan mo kung sino ka. Overall, 4.5/5.
Sun, 9 Sep 2018 9:24 PM | More Reviews