mariposaVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.75 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Suspense

Writer/Director: Richard Somes

Cast: Erich Gonzalez, Alfred Vargas, Mark Gil, Joel Torre, Maria Isabel Lopez, Rez Cortez, John Lapuz

Synopsis: Set in 1994, Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi is about an innocent woman named Maya (Erich Gonzales) who sets off for Manila to find her long-lost sister. But her harmless purpose will lead her to a horrifying discovery that will change her life forever. (Rappler)

MTRCB Rating: R-16

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Reviews:

3.5          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi works best when its visuals reflect a very exaggerated image of Manila that’s best kept in the shadows. It stumbles when it’s actually trying to tell a story.”

3.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Every scene is a ridiculous showcase of attention-grabbing grimy detail. But for all that flavor, the movie lacks meat.” (Read full review)

3.0         Dodo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“It’s saying a lot to pin this down as hitting some  ceiling with regards to how visually sumptuous it is, as every Richard Somes film looks good enough almost to eat.” (Read full review)

3.0         Sanriel Chris Ajero (Cinephiles)

“Visually striking plus some interestingly bizarre performances from the cast (esp the supporting ones) – but nothing more.”

3.0         Gio Potes (Cinephiles)

“I think I responded heavily dun sa underground community ni Frank (the superb and fun Mark Gil, channeling Dennis Hopper?) esp how he treats women and gays. Not that I think it is feminist but this film shows how men’s pursuits for their ideal images of women can be totally devastating. Like a tame Miike directing Vertigo. Overall, it’s a pretty movie pero nagkulang lang sa direction at characterization.”

2.5         Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi has the makings of a fine action movie, but along the way it is hindered by its tireless underpinning of mood, oftentimes forgetting that it has a story to tell, which is a pity because its narrative is captivating.” (Read full review)

2.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“There’s nothing solid to hold on to in terms of the characters. Yes it was packed, but I would have been fine with more minutes if it can open the characters a lot more to its viewers.” (Read full review)

1.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Too relentlessly noisy and undisciplined for my taste. The film revels in shock and gore but doesn’t let the audience empathize with any of the characters. By mid-film, I just stopped caring.”

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