Oros

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.10 (19 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Paul Sta. Ana

Writers: Paul Sta.Ana and Obet Villela

Cast:  Kristoffer King, Kristoffer Martin, Tanya Gomez, Kim Komatsu, Diva Montelaba, Angelita Raymundo

Synopsis:  The film is set in a decadent world where even death becomes a provider.  In a country where a cadaver may serve as license for holding a sakla operation (illegal gambling) in wakes, people may exploit the dead in order to generate income from the profits of gambling, and possibly pay for its burial.  In Oros, a funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, a kasero in a saklaan, who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, set the stage for a three-week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan.  The sakla personnel deals with everyone involved, including Linda, an impoverished homeowner, as they agree upon a fictional story which will “legitimize” the wake.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

5.0       Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“There is so much artistry, craftsmanship, subtlety and maturity in Oros, and the goodness of it is that they are not easily visible to the eye, not until they are fully analyzed.” (Read full review)

4.0        Rolando Tolentino

“Ako naman ay nagustuhan ko sa apila sa aking rasyonalidad, na kung ikukumpara nga sa kasabayan nito, kasama ang pinakamahusay na pag-arte (Kristoffer King) sa Cinemalaya batch na ito, at kahit pa may ilan itong tampok na kahinaan, ay mas buo sa akin ang pelikula.” (Read full review)

4.0       Nel Costales (1505 Film Avenue)

“Paul Sta. Ana did wonders with a well-researched story on the world of sakla. He is so confident with his material that he didn’t flinch from using clichéd poverty porn images.” (Read full review)

4.0        Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Ang pinakamatinding kalaban lang ng panonood ng pelikulang ito ay ang pagkaumay ng audience sa mga real time na treatment at ang mga sequence na sumusunod na parang aso ang kamera. Kapag tinuklap na ang layer na ‘yan, isa ito sa maraming makabuluhang pelikula na naipalabas sa Cinemalaya ngayong taon.” (Read full review)

3.5        Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“The film is buoyed by the natural grace of Kristoffer King (who’s fantastic); the candor and charm of GMA tweener Kristoffer Martin (who’s a revelation in his first indie film).” (Read full review)

3.5        Mark Angelo Ching (Pisara)

“The theme feels tired. Do we need another poverty porn movie? Great performances from the two Kristoffers save this movie. Who knew Kapuso actor Kristoffer Martin can act?”

3.0       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film does a pretty good job of depicting the milieu, of painting out the situation in which this scam is made possible. But it hardly ever goes past the situation, and seems to head towards tragedy simply by default.” (Read full review)

3.0        Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Despite being totally predictable (i.e., following the Bing Lao School of Found Story, and the script intent on signposting eventual key plot points to warn viewers that something dramatic will happen soon), Oros still manages to grip viewers mainly because of two things: director Paul Sta. Ana’s restraint and keen eye for detail, and Kristoffer King’s terrific performance as a sakla operator.”

3.0        Vincenzo Tagle (We Talk About Movies)

“It is a story that is told well, but maybe it belies the fact that it’s one that wasn’t challenging to tell to begin with. I found it at times to be utterly predictable because of too much foreshadowing written in the otherwise decent screenplay.” (Read full review)

3.0         Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“For a film set against the interesting backdrop of saklaan, the film takes very little risk. The result is a film that is clear, symbolic and precise, with the wasted potential of being so much more.” (Read full review)

3.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

Oros gives a pretty accurate and specific portrayal of the topic that it covered, though I can’t help but notice that it tends to go overboard with its poverty porn treatment. For what its worth though, there’s a lot of discovery that one learns while watching the film.” (Read full review)

3.0          Present Confusion

“While this film is good and entertaining, it doesn’t offer a lot of new stuff as far as these films go.” (Read full review)

3.0          Archie del Mundo (Cinephiles)

“The non-storytelling device used in Oros is shaky and tricky, and a little too busy. Finally, the poverty-on-real feels dated to me. It needed a lot of mirroring most particularly, the ending/end-frame. It could have worked much, much more powerful than it already is. The only real triumph of the film is Kristofer King’s performance. Cinemalaya’s best actor so far, in my book.”

2.5          Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“Paul Sta. Ana fails to capitalize on this milieu and instead plunks us into a murky sea of obviousness and clumsy foreshadowing. The film hardly extends its perspective to deliver something more than Third World deprivation and forced shock tactics.” (Read full review)

2.5          It’s All About Movies

“It feels like a rehash of anything and everything done in the last couple of years from Kubrador (Jeffrey Jeturian, 2006) to Ataul for Rent (Neal Buboy Tan, 2007).” (Read full review)

2.5          Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“My main problem with the movie, other than the fact that it was very predictable, was that it was something that we have already seen done and made in the past.  I wish that something new was brought forward.  However, that said, the movie is truly mirroring something real and apparent.” (Read full review)

2.5           Arsenio Tan Liao (Cinephiles)

“Though reflective of social realism, the walkthroughs are a little tedious to watch. Just imagine yourself watching a movie in the vein of Kubrador. The cycle of life could have achieved its full status if it runs parallel to themes like birth and rebirth, other than death, which are lacking in the film.”

2.0           Raf Nakpil (Katipunan)

“Instead of pushing the audience out of its comfort zone into the films dark, alien world, Sta. Ana leaves us at the sidelines.” (Read full review)

2.0           Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“Aside from the film’s predictability, hindi ko ma-feel ang baho ng lugar. And it felt at times na parang naging stupid ang viewer na kailangang i-focus ang mga poverty porn shots, na ok lang kung sa simulang parts ng film ginawa yun, pero humabol pa sa huli. Mas okay sana kung nabilog pa ang takbo ng storya. At napaka-safe ng ending.”

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One thought on “Oros

  1. npaka typical ng mga shot…parang indie film na ginaya sa ibang indie film…npkacommon ng plot puro about poverty sa pinas pero di nman tlga dito nasasalamin ung totoong meaning ng poverty sa pinas,parang kopya lng sa ibang pelikula

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