Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.56 (25 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Horror

Director: Lawrence Fajardo

Writer: Zig Dulay

Cast: Nico Antonio, Art Acuña, Nor Domingo, Jake Macapagal, Bangs Garcia, John Lapus, Wendy Valdez, Susan Africa, Philip Nolasco

Synopsis:  Corruption is a process.  Jestoni “Jess” Biag, early 20s, is a notorious snatcher victimizing people in bustling streets around Quiapo Church.  As a routine, he steals wallets, gadgets and jewelries, which he will trade for a meager amount of peso—enough for him to survive and to support his family.  Today, Jess will be captured by the police for snatching a cellphone of a call center agent, Ma. Grace Rosuello (Bangs Garcia).  It’s his first time to undergo investigation.  And as he goes in the process from Barangay Hall Clinic, Police Station to the Fiscal’s Office, we will witness how human rights violation bluntly executes, and how culture of corruption deviously perpetuates in this chain of institutions.  In the end, despite the fact of proving Jess as guilty of committing theft, he will still get his freedom. But this freedom shackled him to a cycle upholding the predicament of his life.

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Reviews:

5.0     Rob San Miguel (The Chair)

“Matapang ang batikos ng Posas sa pulisya subalit ipinakita rin ang kakulangan nila sa sweldo at gamit.  Hindi rin lubusang pinagtanggol ng pelikula ang mga mahihirap na kriminal.” (Read full review)

5.0     Lulu Pascual (PEP)

“Devoid of cinematic extravagance, Posas relies heavily on the story and its ensemble cast to connect and convey its message.” (Read full review)

5.0     Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“Fajardo does a commendable work here. He deliberately disappears into the material, confident that regardless of everything, the material is strong enough.” (Read full review)

5.0     Eric Cabahug (InterAksyon)

“Sure, it’s an unblinking look at corruption in the police force. But it’s surprisingly unsensationalistic. And quite entertaining.” (Read full review)

4.5     Apa Agbayani (Katipunan)

Posas is a film with a gripping story that leaves you equal parts unsettled, amused and thoroughly satisfied by the time its harrowing final sequence plays out.” (Read full review)

4.5     Carlo Cielo (Cinephiles)

“Strong ng plotting. Yung mensahe matagal na nateng alam, pero yung devil ay nasa details. Law may be spearheading some of the first counter-Brillante Mendoza movies, it how it displays motivated temperance, instead of shallow ‘mood building’ and exploitive fatalism, with savvy and intelligence that is truly grounded, has real purpose and real aim. One thing people will have to realize is that the ’90s is over, heheh. Glad this won best picture at Director’s Showcase this year.”

4.5     Mark Angelo Ching (Pisara.me)

“The movie has a serious theme about corruption in the police force, but this is not presented in an in-your-face manner.” (Read full comment)

4.0     Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“An engaging police procedural that refreshingly avoids black and white portrayals of police officers. Sure, some scenes get a tad heavy-handed (that last shot, for instance, was totally unnecessary) but the film shows how police brutality, bureaucracy, and inefficiency are deeply entrenched without painting the pawns (i.e., cops) as totally evil. They can actually also be (gasp!) endearing human beings. I just wished the script pushed their humanity some more by adding scenes that depict them as family members or friends. But overall, this is another solid effort by Lawrence Fajardo, with excellent performances by the whole cast.”

4.0     Cathy Pena (Make Me Blush)

Posas is buoyed by a consistently competent ensemble. The actors have somehow embraced realism, giving (the film) a sense of urgency.” (Read full review)

4.0     Nel Costales (1505 Film Avenue)

“From the arrest up to the eventual fate of Biag, the film is full of eye-opening legal details that only a person privy to criminal cases and police bureaucracy can provide.” (Read full review)

4.0     Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“With Posas, although the chase scene during the first half can be the only kinetic visual element per se, Fajardo makes do with the remainder of  the film with his gut-wrenching and tightly-edited storytelling- thanks also to Zig Dulay’s satirical script.” (Read full review)

4.0      Fred Hawson (Fred Said: Movies)

“You will never want to walk the streets of Quiapo again after watching this film. ”  (Read full review)

3.5      Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“A well made, moderately intense but very satisfying crime thriller.” (Read full review)

3.0     Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“The entrenched nature of this breeding ground for crime ought to be a chilling proposition but the treatment by Fajardo is sadly too impressionistic and epidermal. Instead of enlarging on his stories, he sometimes gets caught up in the improvisational skills brought in by his actors.” (Read full review)

3.0      Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It works best when it savors the absurd details of life in the precinct, the pointless struggles of citizens seeking justice from an indifferent and cynical police force.” (Read full review)

3.0      Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Wala naman akong makitang pangit o mali sa pagkakagawa. Hindi lang nito napukaw ang atensyon ko.” (Read full review)

3.0      Edwin Sallan (Cinephiles)

“Possibly the most tightly edited film in the series. Well-made and well acted but somehow still falls from expectations. Art Acuña, Bangs Garcia and Susan Africa are particularly superb. Nico Antonio shows promise but is not given much to do other than walk in handcuffs after he got caught.”

3.0      Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“Hinanap ko yung oomph na binigay ng Amok. Instead, naging ordinary story na lang siya ng mga supposed na bida. Pero bilib ako sa realism na naibigay ng istorya, alam kong nangyayari yun at mabuti na lang may kwentong inihain sa atin. Natutuwa din ako na pinahiram ang mga lugar, tulad ng polisya, for art’s sake. At mahusay, para sa akin, ang pag-arte ni Nico Antonio.”

3.0     Archie del Mundo (Cinephiles)

“Art Acuña is superb. He gives off brilliant subtlety which the film’s material ironically is so deficient of.”

2.5      Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“As a fictionalized exposé, it gets shackled by its narrative method, trapped within the term of the story, unable to break-out, to scream, to raise fists in fury.” (Read full review)

2.5      Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The saving grace of the film was Acuña’s terrific acting as the head police officer, and John Lapus’ storyline as another victim, but it lacks the impact that will make the movie memorable enough once the credits roll.” (Read full review)

2.5      Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

Amok ruined this movie for me. I was waiting for the same intensity that the director has no intention of doing again. But I liked the detailed exposition in the first act, but stumbles with Susan Africa and never picked up from there. It flatlines, including the camera work which became lazy towards the end. Art Acuña, however, makes acting an art form.”

2.0      Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

“The film relies too much on its exposé but never delves deeper into the depths of the moral bankruptcy it readily presents.” (Read full review)

2.0      Scud in Real Life

“It felt like I was getting a lecture on the processing involved when filing a case against a crime suspect.” (Read full review)