AberyaVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.25 (6 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Christian Linaban

Writers: Christian Linaban, Ara Chawdhury

Cast: Will Devaughn, Iwa Moto, Mercedes Cabral, Nicholas Varela

Synopsis: Aberya revolves around 4 individuals, each with an agenda of their own: An egomaniac Fil-Am boxer (Devaughn) on a pleasure trip, a prostitute from Luzon (Cabral) out to accomplish a mission, a local drug dealer (Varela) experimenting with time travel and a social climber from Mindanao (Moto) caught up in a scandal. (Rappler)

MTRCB Rating: R-18

Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.0          Carl Papa (Whatever Carl)

“I love the pop and play of colors in this film.” (Read full review)

3.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Even if Aberya had too many things to focus on in one sitting, I could see the ambition and originality at work. I have high hopes that director Christian Linaban, along with Remton Zuasola and Victor Villanueva, will be blazing the trail in reviving Cebuano cinema.”

3.5          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“Aberya is the kind of audacious mess that I can dig, even laud. The plot’s a stretch but it’s nearly impossible not to get hooked.”

3.5          Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Aprub ‘yung kulay at sensibility n’ung Aberya. Nakaka-alienate lang. Masyadong cold at distant para sa akin.”

3.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“While there are clever things worked into the structure of the film, the stories being told just often aren’t worth it.” (Read full review)

2.0          Dodo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Difficult as it is to dismiss how jacked up with promise this is and how its reach has balls, only one of the four separate lives that inevitably intertwine here has juice: a drug dealer experimenting with ways to travel through time using narcotic cocktails.” (Read full review)