Ekstra1Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.11 (23 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Director: Jeffrey Jeturian

Writers: Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone, Jeffrey Jeturian

Cast: Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlos, Piolo Pascual, Pilar Pilapil, Cherie Gil, Marian Rivera

Synopsis: A socio-realist drama-comedy film, it follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos) as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation of the marginalized laborers like her.

MTRCB Rating: PG

Running Time: 111 mins.



5.0         Ibarra Mateo (GMA News)

“The prize of watching Ekstra… is that it can be viewed in several rewarding lenses and layers.” (Read full review)

5.0         Nonoy Lauzon (Young Critics Circle)

“The best appreciation of Jeffrey Jeturian’s Ekstra is to see it in the framework of a critique. Ironic through and through and hitting always the bull’s eye in aiming a target, the film exhibits biting commentary of the first order on art and society – laden with humor, pathos, and ultimately, a canvass of the self – deprecation and depravities of the otherwise brilliant creatives of the country’s entertainment industry. Definitely one of the year’s best! Reminiscent of Francois Truffaut’s Oscar winner, Day for Night.”

5.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“All extras in real life will love Jeturian and Ate Vi for showing in this film the humor and the soul of the experiences they go through in the course of their job.” (Read full review)

5.0         Myra Grace Calulo (PEP)

“The movie features a witty and hilarious script, which is further bolstered by Ate Vi’s great comedic timing. There were no lapses in timing and delivery, and there was a stark contrast between the realistic portrayal of the “normal” characters as opposed to the over-the-top acting featured in their teleserye project.” (Read full review)

5.0         Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

Ekstra, in all boldness and certainty is the best Filipino film of the year, so far.” (Read full review)

5.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Ang strength ng pelikula ay ang script nito (na nakapangalan sa tatlo: Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone at Jeffrey Jeturian). Kahit na nagpaka-real time ito (upang maramdaman ng audience ang exhaustion na hinihingi ng isang bit player) o tipong nagpapaka-a day in the life of lang, ramdam na ramdam na meron itong script.” (Read full review)

4.5         Fred Hawson (ABS-CBN News)

“This was such a revealing and informative movie for me, to see what really happens behind those neat and glamorous programs we see night after night on our TV screens. We never would have imagined that there is much chaos and exploitation before those final edits were reached.” (Read full review)

4.5         Zig Marasigan (Kristn)

Ekstra is the kind of Philippine comedy that all other comedies should aspire to be, harnessing great talent with a story that is both thoughtful and entertaining.” (Read full review)

4.5         Wanggo Gallaga (Juice)

“It is funny but it is also painful and sad. The tension from these two emotions make this film very successful because at one point you are laughing because of the ridiculousness of some of the situations, but at the same time, you feel sad because you know this is not very far from the truth.” (Read full review)

4.5          Ihcahieh

“Casting someone of (Santos’) caliber is just right because she is able to operate in different levels of acting required for several scenes, which could be a bit demanding because she is an actress playing the role of a supporting actress playing various roles.” (Read full review)

4.5          CBCP CINEMA

“Napakahusay ng mga teknikal na aspeto ng pelikulang Ekstra.  Malinis at makatotohanan ang pagkakalahad ng kuwento.  Interesante ang mga eksena na tila isang “reality show” ang tinutunghayan ng mga manonood.” (Read full review)

4.5          Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“I find this project pretty daring for its kind and considering that it was co-financed/released by a mainstream studio.” (Read capsule review)

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Ekstra seems to be most interested in poking fun at local television, at directing anger at this utterly reprehensible system that does nothing in the end but produce garbage that nobody can be proud of. And it’s really good at doing exactly that.” (Read full review)

4.0         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Mabisa ang pagganap ni Vilma Santos bilang isang single mother na nagsusumikap magtrabaho para mapatapos sa pag-aaral ang kanyang anak. Relaxed ang kanyang body language pero on point pa rin ang performance, lalo na sa kanyang mga close-up scenes.” (Read full review)

4.0         Paulina Ocampo (Katipunan)

Ekstra is Philippine comedy done well. It also sheds a bright light on the difficulties of the “little people” on set. Who says bit players can’t be stars?” (Read full review)

4.0         Chryssa Celestino (The Lasallian)

“The success of this film is partly founded on its metaphorical layers. While it does illuminate the difficult life of bit players, Ekstra provides a microcosmic perspective on what is happening in immediate society.” (Read full review)

3.75       Dale Bacar (dalebacar.com)

“While most of the film was fairly effective, Ektra was a little too obvious and too didactic; never taking a moment’s pause in driving its point. That said, Ekstra managed to be more than decent mainly because of the brilliant Vilma Santos who was able to take the audience through a gamut of emotions that her character was going through.” (Read full review)

3.75       Jay Rosas (Edge Davao)

“Unfortunately, Ekstra also falls prey into the very system which it laboriously challenges. A system that has molded the preference for the easy and recognizable ending, and ending that should always makes sense or settles comfortably to resolve the protagonist’s dilemma.” (Read full review)

3.5         Yanni Fernan (Pinoy Weekly)

“Bagaman malaki ang pagsisikap ng pelikula na unawain ang katayuan ng mga ekstra, wala itong mensahe o pahiwatig man lang kung anong pagbabago ba ang dapat nilang gawin sa sitwasyon nila.” (Read full review)

3.5         Emil Nor Urao (E-Reviews)

“Groundbreaking pa rin yung Six Degrees pero masasabi kong may binigay ang Ekstra na dati’y gusting-gusto kong makita sa Six Degrees… at yun ang pamumuhay ng mga ekstra sa working days nila.” (Read full review)

3.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“There are parts that can still be trimmed down from it, and it just felt too long. The truth is despite the normal people enjoying the glimpse of what it’s like in a soap opera set, it does cater more to those people who are really a part of it with inside jokes thrown endlessly left and right.” (Read full review)

2.5          J. Neil Garcia

“Without inquiring into the possible ‘deeper’ reasons why people like Loida continue to do what they do—other than the money, the squeeing and/or fangirling, and the far-fetched dream of becoming a star someday—Jeturian’s film, after gesturing to lift them up from the cesspool of indignity (to which they are unfairly subjected), ceremoniously drops them into it again.” (Read full review)

1.5          J. Pilapil Jacobo (Young Critics Circle)

“The writing sounds so pedestrian in its attempt to be contemporary, and the direction that intervenes in this foolhardy reportage can only be impoverished.” (Read full review)

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