The Animals

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.20 (25 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Gino M. Santos

Writer: Jeff Stelton

Cast: Albie Casiño, Dawn Balagot, Patrick Sugui

Synopsis: Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, The Animals chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with. All Jake wants to do is have a good time, Alex just wants to fit in, and Trina simply wants more. A very vivid picture is painted of life in high school after the final bell rings, as well as a different side of the Philippines, and what is happening to its privileged children.




5.0      Mark Angelo Ching (Pisara)

“Gritty, horrifying, affecting. I cannot stop thinking about this movie hours after I left the theater.” (Read full review)

4.0      Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News)

“This narrative of youthful trouble is not something that “The Animals” deals with lightly, which is to say that it bravely refuses to resolve anything at all here. Instead it insists on this display of dirt—literal and figurative—and brings it to its logical conclusion of crises.” (Read full review)

4.0      Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“There’s an authenticity to its depravity, to its bleakness.” (Read full review)

3.5       Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“The beauty of The Animals lies in the accuracy it depicts a generation.” (Read full review)

3.5       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Director Gino Santos is fresh out of film school, and it shows somewhat. The production is a little sloppy, with major issues in editing and lighting continuity. That said, there’s real hunger in this movie, a snarling, in-your-face attitude that feels entirely appropriate in a category dubbed ‘the new breed.'” (Read full review)

3.5       Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“The film throws a tantrum from time to time, but one cannot ignore its unmistakable voice, the current that runs through the narrative and keeps it moving.” (Read full review)

3.5        Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

The Animals is a harrowing cautionary tale of teenage dysfunction. There’s no suspension of disbelief needed; it’s as straightforward as a horror film can get.” (Read full review)

3.5       Margarita Buenaventura (Young Star)

“While Santos does not fail to deliver a film that has just as much gloss as it does grit, it struggles to develop a story that seamlessly sews up a multilateral plot and an ensemble of characters that don’t make you want to punch them in the face.” (Read full review)

3.5       Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“What transpires is a film that bristles with frenetic energy, youthful verve, and unscrewed momentum.” (Read full review)

3.5      Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“Despite its rough technicals, The Animals captures the bare and brutal essence of high school life. It’s all fun and games until someone loses their innocence.” (Read full review)

3.5      Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Movies about a certain generation has been done many times before, but I specifically notice the energy that the film displays in the characters, scenes, and dialogue in the movie.” (Read full review)

3.5      Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The whole ensemble cast was also up to par, and I’d like to single out Albie Casino and Patrick Sugui who were particularly great in their roles.  However the third act, when the animals really get to be “animals” was the divisive part.  Part of it I like, some I did not.” (Read full review)

3.5      Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“This is a pretty good debut film for someone young. We’re sure he’ll develop his cinematic sensibility further as the years go by and we won’t be surprised if he’d end up to be a real competent filmmaker.” (Read full review)

3.5       It’s All About Movies

“I like it for being bold and daring! There hasn’t been this kind of film in the Philippines that dared shed light on the lifestyles of affluent children.” (Read full review)

3.5      Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Higit sa lahat, ito ay isang aquarium ng isang mukha ng society na madalas nating hindi maapuhap sa kalawakan ng Philippine cinema.” (Read full review)

3.0      Tessa Maria Guazon (Young Critics Circle)

“While well put together, The Animals unleashes wave upon wave of despair but the kind that fails resolution or reflection. It ignites a fluttering fury but doesn’t entirely succeed in untangling the roots of a cruel misery.” (Read full review)

3.0      Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“Santos belongs to this cluster of affluent kids he is depicting in the film — it shows, and it feels authentic. But Santos is also too busy going for the shock value he forgets his kids are already stupid and shallow.” (Read full review)

3.0      Present Confusion

“this film is unique in that it captures the shallowness and ennui of today’s youth from a representative of the youth, not an observer from another generation.” (Read full review)

3.0      Kayo Jolongbayan (Cinephiles)

“A conyo flick for everyone. It’s an 80 minute video hand out for the subject Rich Kid Problems 101. Santos’ direction reminds me of Aronofsky, especially his use of lighting and tricky camera shots in the party scenes. While the disturbing scenes are pretty much inspired by Gaspar Noe, especially the “bugbugan” scene. There are some scenes that are very hard to watch, but the problem is when the credits start to roll, the film hardly resonates on your mind, and it felt like everything was rushed, like the build up towards the harrowing third act wasn’t enough. Had it been bolder or darker, or even longer, or explored the characters more, it might be a much better film. That said, the ensemble is competent, giving natural performances as the upper-class kids. Stand out for me was Patrick Sugui, who did more with was given to him. An entertaining and often times disturbing look on high-class teen life, but hardly memorable.”

2.5     Rolando Tolentino (Pinoy Weekly)

“Kaya patuloy pa rin itong search sa unang seryosong pelikulang makakapagkomentaryo sa maykayang uri kahit pa mataas na ang estetikang pampelikula ang nakamit ng The Animals. Patuloy ang paghahanap dahil may siwang pa—alingasngas—na kailangan ng higit na sensitibidad sa iba pang uring pinapaloob ang maliit na mundong ito.” (Read full review)

2.5      Raf Nakpil (Katipunan)

“It holds up a mirror to the youth and forces them to take a long hard look at themselves. The film’s main flaw—its sheer vacuity—is quite easily the flaw of its target audience as well.” (Read full review)

2.5      Joal Eduarte (Cinephiles)

“If the movie intends to have me do a facepalm over the promiscuity of the youth today and have me hate on all-badass-no-principle jocks of high school, then it did it. But by the end, when all the action has stopped, it made me pity these kids, and slowly builds up that feeling until the last frame, which was utterly devastating. Still, some takes were too dark, screenplay had some holes and editing wasn’t that impressive.”

2.0      Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

All style, zero substance. Up until the climactic scenes, this was actually an interesting, energetic take on a lifestyle that’s not commonly featured in Pinoy cinema. But then it devolves into cheap exploitation by featuring extended scenes of senseless violence. Even as it shows the depravity that youth, power, and unfettered self-entitlement can bring, it eventually cops out by involving someone who does not belong to their subculture (i.e., someone from the lower class, someone who belongs to that ‘dangerous world’ outside of the bubble that they have built their lives in) in perpetrating the film’s most heinous crime. It’s a cautionary tale, alright, but not so much of rich kid’s propensity to do stupid things as of their misguided perception of the world outside of their own.

2.0        Mara Coson (We Talk About Movies)

“Subplots were lost in the scramble of pleasing a parental audience. It soon became not unrealistic, but out of the control of the plot’s hands, and it soon became what I had tried to dissuade many people from reducing the film into: a Filipino Skins.” (Read full review)

1.5         Vinny Tagle (Cinephiles)

“I was really disappointed by this movie. I thought that it would be an insightful look at the lives of people coming from a certain class that doesn’t often get featured in Philippine cinema, but instead it became a cautionary tale that was basically a mere projection of the fears of upper class conservative parents. I wish that if it wanted to go dark, it went somewhere imaginative, subversive and new.”


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