Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.91 (16 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Lemuel Lorca

Writer: Jerry Gracio (based on a story by Eros Atalia)

Cast: JM de Guzman, LJ Reyes, Joross Gamboa, Arnold Reyes, Kenneth Salva, Roy Alvarez, Richard Quan, Angela Ruiz, Angeli Bayani, Jacob Miller,

Synopsis: Intoy has had the hots for Doray since they were kids in Kalye Marino, Cavite City, formerly the American Naval Base in Sangley Point.  Both marginalized as the long-lasting effect of American abandonment of the said base, Intoy has become Kalye Marino’s best “tahong” caretaker-with-no-angst-about-poverty, while Doray a cheap prostitute-with-no-guilt, tending to her siblings’ needs.  Intoy strives to have his own cages of “tahong” so he can have Doray, not for just a night of quickie sex, but forever.  But what will he do to when she offers to drop by his hovel-on-stilts to quench his passion, but before it happens Nature has chosen to play a joke on his tahong cage?  Will it be goodbye to his tahong business or to his damsel-in-distress and ultimately to Kalye Marino?

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Reviews:

4.0      Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“It is, on one level, sort of a gritty melodrama with tragic characters victimized by circumstance and broken by poverty. But on another level it is poetic and a most poignantly observed film set in the murky waters near Sangley Point, Cavite.” (Read full review)

4.0      Jowana Bueser (The Birth of Damnation)

“Like most indie films, this movie tries to inject social issues such as reproductive health and the difficulties of our overseas workers. Unlike most indie films, this movie does not force the social issues just to make it sound important.” (Read full review)

3.5       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It offers up one of the most earnest expressions of love I’ve ever seen in this festival. I find much of the movie a little clunky, but it arrives at this moment with surprising grace.” (Read full review)

3.5       Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The film is a bit rough around the edges technically but it’s very well acted by the main cast.” (Read full review)

3.5       Julien Merced Matabuena (Manila Bulletin)

“But though Intoy Syokoy may seem generally dreary, it is saved by apt portrayals of the cast members.” (Read full review)

3.5       Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“The film dwells on the poverty that forces its characters to desperate measures, but it’s the romance between Intoy (JM De Guzman) and Doray (LJ Reyes) that fuels its charm and earnestness.” (Read full review)

3.5       Scud in Real Life

“The second half is endearing and credit probably goes to the love story between Intoy and a childhood friend. That last sequence is a beauty.” (Read full review)

3.0       Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“Where the short is more of a lust story, the film goes for the more standard, love story. Where the former is social realist, the latter is blind optimist. Revelation performances and able technical aspect saved the whole thing from drowning with the pestered mussels.” (Read full review)

3.0       Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The movie somehow can’t prevent itself from going poverty porn at times, but I totally bought the emotions they showed especially the one between the two leads.” (Read full review)

2.5       Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“The film is effectively funny at parts, sad here and there, but overall, it’s drab, with a mood that’s as murky as the waters Intoy dives into.” (Read full review)

2.5       Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Ang unang unang mapapansin sa pelikula ay well acted ang cast, mula kina JM at LJ at maging ang mga sumusuporta rito. Hindi ko lang masyadong nakapa ang vision o focus ng pelikula, kung ano ang gustong gawin dito.” (Read full review)

2.0       Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“This feels dated. Eros Atalia’s short story (where the film is based on) succeeded in parts precisely because of its brevity, as well as its consciousness of the history of Sangley Point and of the ethnographic detail with which Atalia describes the tahong enterprise. In transposing the story to film, it loses its appeal by wallowing in the melodrama of poverty.”

2.0        Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“Despite its capable cast, the film fails to pull together a coherent and engaging story, wasting the potential of its setting and its concept.” (Read full review)

2.0        Chino Cruz (Katipunan)

“The plot is so full of misery that it becomes predictable, sometimes even tedious. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong.” (Read full review)

2.0        Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, C arl)

“Misery come a plenty in this tiring and redundant film.   It seems as though the writer/director feels that it needs a lot of things in order to make it work, instead it felt cluttered, cumbersome and all over the place.” (Read full review)

2.0        Mark Angelo Ching (Pisara)

“I expected this movie to be one of the impressive ones, but my expectations were not met due to the weak storytelling, and only passable performances from the supporting actors.” (Read full review)