Babagwa1Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.46 (14 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Jason Paul Laxamana

Cast: Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma Concepcion, Kiko Matos, Nico Antonio, Chanel Latorre, Marx Topacio, Raqs Regalado, Garry Lim, Sunshine Teodoro

Synopsis: An internet scammer falls in love with a wealthy old maid while trying to swindle her using a fake Facebook profile.

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Running Time: 101 mins.

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Reviews:

4.5         Renelson Morelos (Re[e]l Thoughts)

“Filled with red herrings and evocative shots and settings, this neo-noir is one engaging work from start to finish, literally making the viewers have a hard grip on their seats (making it at par with such small ‘chamber’ thrillers as Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave and Craig Zobel’s Compliance).” (Read full review)

4.0         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Babagwa is ingenious. Laxamana creates a believable world where fantasy and reality are immediately interchangeable.” (Read full review)

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Babagwa builds tremendous suspense from that uncertainty, taking advantage of the skepticism and cynicism already inherent in people in this age of Catfish and scams.” (Read full review)

4.0         Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“Though the film’s big finale is predictable, Laxamana is able to pique his audience’s interest until the credits disappear. Not only is his story well-written, his cast is also impeccable.” (Read full review)

4.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Para sa akin, isa itong example kung paano i-explore ang isyu sa mga what-if at kung paano ito mahahanapan ng irony. Mahusay si Alex Medina rito. Dinamita!” (Read full review)

3.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Babagwa is a thoroughly involving caper that plays with humans’ capacity to switch identities to suit their selfish needs. Writer/Director Laxamana succeeds in realistically creating a world of deception and extortion using the technology that is supposed to bring people together and not break them apart.” (Read capsule review)

3.5         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Alex is superb because he’s not acting at all. He’s the character, especially when compared with his partner in crime, Joey Paras, who’s very obviously acting.” (Read full review)

3.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Laxamana’s screenplay is one that’s fresh and inspired.” (Read full review)

3.5         Emil Nor Urao (E-Reviews)

“Ang Babagwa ay napapanahon at nakakadalang istorya ng pagpapanggap upang mahanap ang tunay na kaligayahan. Medyo sumablay sa katapusan pero sulit pa rin siya ulitin at masarap pa ring takutin ang mga taong hindi pa ito napapanood.” (Read full review)

3.0         Fred Hawson (Fred Said)

“When the movie sticks to the story, it is interesting, engaging and exciting. You will get hooked into the web it spins. The climactic confrontation scene between Greg and Marney was explosive and excruciating, an acting highlight in the film.” (Read full review)

3.0         Rob San Miguel (Brun Magazine)

“Laxamana sadly employs the template of the gay man as ‘the perfect predator in Philippine cinema.’ The gay man is the mastermind of anything connected to lust, money and deception.” (Read full review)

3.0         Paulina Ocampo (Katipunan)

“Despite various knots in its web, Babagwa manages to capture its audience by the time it ends. Much of its artistry, however, is muddled in a mess of gratuitous sex and confused writing.” (Read capsule review)

3.0         Wanggo Gallaga (Juice)

Babagwa showcases Jason Paul Laxama’s skills at telling a good story, keeping it interesting and thrilling, but unfortunately, his script began to lose steam and it ends disappointingly considering its excellent start.” (Read full review)

2.0         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“What’s wrong is how the characters are too predictably dastardly not to deserve what’s coming to them at the end. What’s wrong is how it patronizes pat, customary morality.” (Read full review)