Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.29 (28 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Quark Henares

Writers: Quark Henares and Diego Castillo

Cast: Jason Abalos, Glaiza de Castro, Ketchup Eusebio, Alwyn Uytingco, Diether Ocampo, Matet de Leon, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton

Synopsis: Odie and his best friend Irene are two outsiders who find a second home in the Philippine underground music scene. The two decide to form a band and put together an unlikely crew that consists of the school bully, an ex-punk-turned-barista, and a former-childstar-turned-band-manager. The film follows their misadventures as they face satanic S&M bands, samurai swindlers, narcissistic rockstars, the pretentious Philippine art community and the freakiest music video auteur ever.

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Reviews:

5.0    Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“The script by Quark and Diego Castillo of Sandwich is taut, really funny, and sharp. The jokes deviate from the usual formula and the humor is very real. ” (Read full review)

5.0    Nel Costales (Sine Patrol)

“There’s a giddy fan in every one of us. Quark Henares and co-writer Diego Castillo imbue the film with the mentality of rabid, passionate, doe-eyed fans.” (Read full review)

5.0    Pinoy Movie Reviews

“There is love, hate, and humor, as we follow two friends Odie and Irene, educating us on the Philippine underground rock scene.” (Read full review)

4.5    Taking a Break

“One of the things I loved about Rakenrol is its simplicity. The story never wavered from lead character Odie’s tale of his love for his best friend Irene. And while the story does branch out into the world of the Philippines’ local music scene, it never forgot that the main story it was telling was the one about Odie and Irene.” (Read full review)

4.5    Patrick Mio Llaguno (blogger)

“The film is not only a poignant love letter to the Pinoy indie music scene, but it’s also a celebration of art as well as satirizing the pretensions and eccentricities that come with it.” (Read full review)

4.0    Philbert Dy (Esquire)

“What I find remarkable about the film is how sad it is. There’s something really tragic about the way the film conflates romance with the music scene. All of that is ephemeral: bands break up, trends move on, and everything that you currently love will someday be relegated to Classic Myx. As much as the film is an ode to the local scene, it’s also a document of how temporary everything is.” (Read full review)

4.0    Mica Rodriguez (Cinegang)

“Glaiza de Castro is perfect in her role as Irene. She’s just a normal girl who is a hopeless romantic and would put up a strong mask to protect her feelings.” (Read full review)

3.5 Gelo Clavano (Some Loose Change)

“It was a fun film to watch, and one that tugs at your memories and experiences. It isn’t a perfect film, but its one that’ll probably mean more to us than many of the better shot films out there, precisely because this was a movie that we’ve been through, that we’ve experienced, and its basically an immortalization of the memories that a lot of us have shared growing up.” (Read full review)

3.0 Oggs Cruz (Twitch Film)

“Unfortunately, Rakenrol is hardly a masterpiece. Although it is indeed a very personal work, it feels more than a little bit scattered, with the story never evolving to be either the quintessential movie about the Philippine rock scene or to be one truly charming romance.” (Read full review)

3.0 Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Kung ang kwento ay tumibok sa lihim na pag-ibig ng gitarista sa kanyang bokalista, ang pelikula naman ay nagpadala ng love letter sa rock scene. True to the taste, wala namang seryosong tinahak ang pelikula. Hindi rin ito nagpaka-socially relevant o kung anuman. Kumbaga, chill lang. Kumbaga, rakenrol lang.” (Read full review)

3.0 Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The movie’s tone and setting was spot on and it was pretty evident that the director and the people behind the movie was passionate about the music.  It was really well acted as well, with the clear standout performance coming from the clown-ish hunk rockstar, Jackie Rocha played by Diether Ocampo.” (Read full review)

2.0 Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“If Rakenrol were intended to pay tribute to the glory days of Pinoy rock music, then the film misses the point. By piling details on details and cameos on cameos, the movie lays more tracks than its narrative can maneuver into, most of which split in the middle and spoil some of the film’s heartfelt moments.” (Read full review)

2.0 Reel Advice

Rakenrol in essence is a very messy film. It is a confusing smorgasbord of random scenes, characters and plot lines that contribute little or nothing to the movie.” (Read full review)

1.5 Viewer Discretion

“The irony of Rakenrol is that it’s about art and artists (and seeing the cast and crew list, made by artists as well), but it takes every opportunity to bash art-making. It employs exaggerated “artiste” caricatures—straw men who, of course, are promptly bashed and criticized to death by the lead characters.” (Read full review)

1.5 Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“For the most part, the story loses steam in translating the vibrancy of that music subculture… What’s worse, when Hapipaks finally plays their main number, “Oplan Pag Ibig”, it was nothing more than pedestrian. Sure, their audience was jumping up and shouting, but you can’t fake great music!” (Read full review)

1.0 Rolando Tolentino (Pinoy Weekly)

“Juvenilia ang angas ng pelikula.  Terno ito sa postmodernong treatment sa mga esksena, tulad ng pagpasok ng graphics at titles, reference sa kulturang popular, intercuts na sinasabi na ay ipinapakita pa.  Hindi matalas ang sinasaad ng youth film na ito.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

5.0 Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“With personal biases dahil fan ako ng pinoy rock. Ka-relate relate sa akin buong pelikula. From the pictures, to soundtrack, to Mayrics.”

4.0 Ian Urrutia (Pinoy Cinema)

Rakenrol brings us back to the fun, explosive era of the post-Eraserheads music scene and the people who thrived and lived in it. Sentimental and acutely insightful, Quark Henares’ latest film enthralls on so many levels when seen as an intimate tribute for anyone who grew up in the band scene, get slammed for their kind of art, lived through gigs and a bottle of beer, and fell in love and suffered from it. This movie will never in its purpose, change your life. But like first love, it’s a reminder of that stinking heartbreak that stays with you as your own memories do.”

4.0 Lyndon Maburaot (Cinephiles)

“Rich in both music and feel.”

4.5 Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“love story siya. love story siya. love story siya. lol. para akong nanood ng live vesion ng mystery case files ng music, geek, at pop references. medyo exclusive ang approach ng pelikula. at gusto ko lang yung sons sa closing credits. Sticker Happy!”

4.0 Johnny Jepp (Cinephiles)

“Nagbabanda din ako kaya mejo nakarelate ako. Kaso di ganun kadali ang buhay ng isang baguhang banda. Nobody’s goin to pay you on your first gig! Ikaw pa nga magbabayad eh. :)) Sila na yata pinaka swerteng banda sa buong Pinas. :))”

3.75 Adrian Mendizabal (Auditoire)

“I has big crush on drummer. ♥”

3.0 Arsenio Tan Liao (Cinephiles)

“Good attempt pero nakulangan ako. Rock and roll is fire at sa aspetong ito kulang ang pelikula. Mas maganda sana kung ipinakita kung paano binago ng rock and roll ang buhay ng mga karakters personally at career-wise, iyong may paghuhugutang lalim sa tunay na buhay.”

3.0 Json Javier (Cinephiles)

“I think Quark is a better writer than director. It may be intentional but I still hated Diether’s cringe-worthy performance.”

3.0 Mo Mot (Cinephiles)

“nabitin at nakulangan ako. ewan ko lang… all good feedbacks para sa bandang Hapipaks. may mga parts lang talaga na masyadong hindi ganun na establish. tsaka di ko masyado nakita na nadefend ang title sa kabuuan ng movie. ^^”

3.0 Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)

“Pinoy rock ethnography imbued with a juvenile upper middle-class brand of humor. Even with all its excesses, it’s hard not to enjoy the nostalgia it elicits. Believable love story and winsome lead performances.”

2.5 Eduardo Dayao (Cinephiles)

“I miss the maturity and aesthetics of Keka and the cleverness and energy of Quark’s music videos.”

2.5 Chuck Pablito (Cinephiles)

“Same as Zombadings it’s lacking! Not enough zombie scenes for Zombadings & not enough ROCKN’ ROLL for Rakenrol. But it’s nice to see Saguijo/Cubao X’s Mogwai all in one movie. :-)”

2.0 Fidel Medel (Cinephiles)

“I don’t get Quark. I find Keka average, while Rakenrol is messy and all over the place.”