Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.00 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Joel Lamangan

Writer: Bonifacio Ilagan

Cast: Tirso Cruz III, TJ Trinidad, Lovi Poe, Allen Dizon, Ina Feleo

Synopsis: Ross Rivera (TJ Trinidad), a writer whose cynicism has converted him into a government apologist, is suddenly forced to reassess his role as journalist when he finds himself right in the middle of unearthing a conspiracy linking Muntazir Ghazi (Tirso Cruz III), a local warlord, with election fraud and the sporadic killing of journalists in various parts of the country. While Ross wrestles with his conscience and attempts to convince Greta Manarang (Lovi Poe), television newscaster and grieving girlfriend of a recently murdered journalist, of his newfound integrity in Manila, Azad (Allen Dizon) and Claire (Ina Feleo), local journalists who are deep into the tracks of Ghazi, are hunted down by Ghazi’s henchmen. Their stories eventually intertwine, revealing a more frustrated than concerned outlook of the state of free speech in a country that supposedly fosters democracy. (From Oggs Cruz’s review)

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Reviews:

4.0          Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The film offers fine ensemble acting, but Tirso Cruz III dominates it with his ferocious portrayal of the corrupt governor.” (Read full review)

3.0          Fidel Medel (PEP)

“Despite my appreciation for the courage of the filmmakers for making such an important film, I wish that the story is more cohesive. Like Lamangan and Ilagan’s last film Sigwa, Deadline needs more focus. There are so many things going on.” (Read full review)

3.0          Tinig ng Plaridel

Deadline lacks the polish expected of a veteran film maker like Lamangan, but then again, perhaps there lies the beauty of it. This is certainly not a perfect film; it looks like it was made, in parts, haphazardly. Yet its imperfections present the very earnestness Lamangan embodies when he calls for an end to the extrajudicial killings.” (Read full review)

2.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Deadline, with its unrelenting thirst to display only the most dramatic of scenarios, has the same appeal as primetime sensationalized news.” (Read full review)