Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.32 (11 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Aloy Adlawan

Cast: Dennis Trillo, Ronnie Lazaro, Angelina Canapi, Althea Vega, Miggs Cuaderno, Neri Naig, Ernie Zarate, Shyr Valdez, Richard Manabat, Louella de Cordova, Aileen Lota, Dado Jose

Synopsis: RUBEN loses his job as a carpenter in a small town in Zambales where he lives with his wife EDNA and their 10-year old son, BUDOY.  Desperate to make ends meet, he accepts a job as a caretaker of an abandoned property in Quezon City. Ruben soon finds out that the previous owner of the house is an important figure in the country’s history. When he is interviewed by a TV reporter about this historical figure, Ruben feels embarrassed that he knows nothing about him. Ruben soon starts reading up to get to know more about the life of this person, his accomplishments and what he has done for the people. Ruben’s fascination about the person’s life and his inevitable hero-worship irks the only friend he has in the sprawling compound, the night-shift security guard, GIMO, who jokes that Ruben is slowly being possessed by the soul of his new hero.

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Reviews:

3.5      Present Confusion

“Technically the film is well done, and with a very limited cast of characters the acting is superb.” (Read full review)

3.0      Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The film is held together by Dennis Trillo’s title role performance. It’s amazing how he tackles the underwritten role with instinctive dexterity, making it his own.” (Read full review)

3.0      Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“The scenes between Trillo and Lazaro, bantering to while away the time, are priceless. It is so refreshing to finally see Lazaro in a ‘human being’ role, so far from his usual roles where he is always required to be enigmatic. Lazaro is lovable, lovable here. Unfortunately, the film is too riddled with holes as big as the abandoned property Trillo is taking care of.”

3.0     Mark Angelo Ching (Pisara)

“Feels like the movie is divided by two halves that are hard to put together.” (Read full review)

3.0     Edwin Sallan (InterAksyon)

“Lacks direction and seems to want to say too many things in one film but not as terrible as other reviews would make it appear to be. I wouldn’t say it’s a masterpiece but it does have its entertaining moments.”

2.5      Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Has a really intriguing premise but is hobbled by a weak script that doesn’t know where it wants to go. I admire its effort to explore part of our nation’s history through the life of an important political figure, and how that figure inspires an ordinary working man. I wish it built on that connection further. Instead, the film shifts into another direction as if Aloy Adlawan is saying, ‘Hey, I am also an expert in suspense films so let us incorporate that into the movie!’”

2.0    Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

Ang Katiwala doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Whether it ran out of steam towards the end or a rather bloody finale is the only way to make an impression, it’s still a confused mess burdened by its lofty ambitions.” (Read full review)

1.5      Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It’s a mess of misplaced politics, unearned sentiment and loose plot points poorly held together by mismatched treatments.” (Read full review)

1.5      Apa Agbayani (Katipunan)

“Confused and heavy-handed, Ang Katiwala begins as a Julie & Julia-type film about finding oneself through the life of a historical figure, then somehow turns into a misled action movie in its third act.” (Read full review)

1.5      Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“I wish that the movie dug more deeply on the connection of its protagonist to former president Manuel L. Quezon.  While it did at some parts, it then swerved to something .. err… problematic.” (Read full review)

1.0      Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Kung propaganda man ito sa awareness ng kadakilaan ng dating pangulo, hindi ko masyadong mabigyan ng sapat ng kredibilidad. Tingin ko, meron pang ibang treatment na puwedeng gawin at mas epektibo.” (Read full review)