Verdict: Value for Money
Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.10 (5 ratings)
Writers/Directors: Bianca Catbagan and Jose Antonio de Rivera
Cast: Daniel Fernando, Joem Bascon, Nonie Buencamino, Jacinta Remulla
Synopsis: Two boxers, one young and talented and the other aged yet passionate, prepare against each other in the bout that will define their lives. When a boy with everything to lose faces a man with nothing to lose in the ring, who will win the fight?
Running time: 60 mins.
4.0 Carmela Lapeña (GMA News)
“The film presents the life of a boxer outside the ring, and shows another side to it. Of course we know that it isn’t all glamorous, but it’s nice to be reminded. It’s also nice to be able to relate to the characters and realize that in a way, they’re like you or me.” (Read full review)
3.5 Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)
“There is a quiet sincerity to Suntok sa Buwan; an ironic trait for a sport as bombastically violent as boxing. Catbagan and de Rivera pursue this quietness with such unrelenting consistency that their characters, Al and Lauro, do not exchange a single line of dialogue throughout the film.” (Read full review)
3.0 Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle Film Desk)
“There are not a lot of good Pinoy sports films and this had the potential to shed light on the plight of underpaid Pinoy athletes (not including pro basketball players and probably the Azkals) in the country. But the filmmakers seemed to have rushed the scriptwriting and served an undercooked dish, with the film running a mere 60 minutes. I also felt that Daniel Fernando and Joem Bascon needed a few more months of training to convince the audience that they’re really boxers. What made the film watchable is the fresh way the writers attempted to tell a boxing story. Convention tends to focus on one protagonist, so towards the climactic match, the audience’s sympathy would obviously be on that person. Here, you’ll actually be rooting for both boxers to win, or for neither to lose.”
3.0 Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)
“But just when I was ready to brush the film off, it shifts gears and perks up as the boxing match begins. In the harrowing stage of the desperate, we get glimpses of emotions that remind us of ourselves; of specific moments in our lives when we feel we have to give it all we got. That we might lose, but we fight and persevere anyway.” (Read full review)
2.0 Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)
“It suffers from predictability, which is fine if the atmosphere is intense, but the script is unable go places because it lacks muscle—it only manages to show off how ill-nourished it is.” (Read full review)