Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.80 (5 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Writer/Director: Earl Bontuyan

Cast: Bong Cabrera, Chris Pasturan, Remi Tolentino, Michael Bonapos, Mon Confiado

Synopsis: The film follows an Aeta family who are displaced by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. They decide to travel to Manila, looking for a cousin who seemingly made it big there. Unfortunately, they don’t know where exactly the cousin lives, a torn note leaving them with no clues other than to look for him under a bridge. (From Click the City)

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Reviews:

4.0          Philbert Dy (Resident critic, Click the City)

“The narrative is a little loose, relying a little too much on the convenience of bad luck to put the characters in bad places. But as a whole the film was a really pleasant surprise. It’s a really interesting approach to portraying poverty in film. The comedy provides contrast, making the sadness of the situation come through in stark relief.” (Read full review)

2.5          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“There were some parts in the film that I felt like I was watching a TV movie.  I loved the beginning of the story, but it lost steam when it became generic towards the middle.  That said I still think that it was good.” (Read full review)

2.0          Don Jaucian (Resident critic, Pelikula Tumblr)

“Granted that the film isn’t about ethnicity, disregarding it makes the movie’s Aeta characters no different from generic vagabonds stranded in Manila. Perhaps this was Bontuyan’s intention, but that, too, got lost in the way.” (Read full review)

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3.0          Epoy Deyto (Film blogger, Kawts Kamote)

“Fun siya. Hindi siya nagpakalugmok sa kahirapan, bagkos, sa pag-asa at pagmamahal.”

2.5          Skilty Labastilla (Member, Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)

“The good thing about this story of an Aeta family displaced by the Pinatubo eruption is it’s not another misery porn. The family is destitute, yes, but the film does not dwell on their poverty. The bad thing about it, though, is it veers away too much from commentary that it verges on being commercial TV fodder — complete with Tagalog emo songs during dramatic moments. Thus, the promise of telling a unique indigenous Filipino experience is wasted by the filmmaker’s effort to imbue the film with a pop sensibility.”