Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.38 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Gutierrez Mangansakan II

Cast: Mayka Lintongan, Dax Alejandro, Bein Ali Unayan, Tetchie Agbayani, Dumama, Arnel Mardoquio, Perry Dizon, Aylwin Manzan, Jamie Unte, Arvie Sinsuat, Armela Sanday, Myrriza Wahab

Synopsis: One morning, residents of a rural village are horrified when the sun rises in the West. According to Islamic belief, this phenomenon signals the Apocalypse or Qiyamah. As folks react differently to the situation, a family reconciles with its own dark past as the village confronts its own share of secrets and myths. Then a tragedy strikes when a young woman is raped and her brother brutally murdered as he tries to avenge her. Steep in superstition, the villagers attribute these to the Devil himself.

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Reviews:

4.0      Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“What I admire about it was that it was an economical apocalyptic movie that actually was scary and effective.” (Read full review)

3.5      Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“A visually stunning take on the apocalypse writ small. Mangansakan is a better visual storyteller than he is a verbal one, and the film falters a bit in scenes with dialogue, thanks to his decision to cast non-native actors who couldn’t speak straight Maguindanaon, resulting in stilted conversations that break the audience’s suspension of disbelief. The film’s majestically austere images, though, more than make up for its flaws.”

3.0      Present Confusion

“Although a bit short and not as tightly plotted, this is an interesting film to spend time with, especially if you are familiar with the culture.” (Read full review)

3.0       Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“A tale from the south that doesn’t involve guns, massacre and extreme violence. Beautifully shot.”

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