otso-posterVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.12 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Elwood Perez

Writers: Vincent Tañada, Elwood Perez

Cast: Vince Tañada, Monique Azerreda, Anita Linda, Jun Urbano, Vangie Labalan, Gabby Bautista, Mark Joseph Garde

Synopsis: The opening voiceover informs us that Lex (Vince Tañada) is returning to the Philippines from Los Angeles, where things didn’t go exactly as planned. In Manila, he is working for film director Jim (Jun Urbano), writing a script for an independent film. He takes inspiration from the people who live in his building. He is enamored with his neighbor Sabina (Monique Azerreda), who he sees climb into a vehicle owned by a congressman running for reelection. Starting from this one fact, he begins imagining an entire life of intrigue of betrayal that has him returning to his childhood. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Running Time: 90 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0         Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News)

“This film is exactly the complexity that one likes to watch in local film, because it is also told tongue-in-cheek. In fact it is so conscious of what it’s doing as a film, that one can’t but be taken for a ride that’s fun and funny, if not absolutely and downright hilarious.” (Read full review)

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It doesn’t make a lick of sense in the end, but this is precisely what makes it so compelling. Otso is unlike anything I’ve seen before, and that’s kind of amazing.” (Read full review)

3.5         Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“Peel away its many layers: the political drama, the obsession sex-drama, the disintegration psychodrama, the reality vs illusion meta-drama, and you’ll find a real freak: an entertaining art film about the creative process.” (Read full review)

3.5         Renelson Morelos (Re[e]l Thoughts)

“The film is not exactly a David Lynch or an Alejandro Jodorowsky (and definitely it’s not a Fellini), but it is still oddball enough to make the viewers wonder what the hell is going on. When was the last time that we encountered a Filipino film of this kind? Probably when Mario O’Hara was still alive and was making films every now and then.” (Read full review)

3.0         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“By its very end, Otso never really succeeds at being anything except a nagging riddle, one that begs to be solved despite the scarcity for any real answers. The film’s belated revelations, coupled with what could be purposeful haphazard filmmaking and histrionic acting, point towards a message of caution from the maverick filmmaker about being drunk with too much freedom, too much truth, too much fantasy, and too much cinema.” (Read full review)

3.0         Fred Hawson (Fred Said)

Otso is clearly a film with vision.  The time constraint and the limited budget may have affected its overall quality, but I think it is a worthy directorial comeback project for Elwood Perez.” (Read full review)

1.5         Dale Bacar (dalebacar.com)

“While it is ultimately easier to just call the film avant-garde, I think Otso went a few notches over and just went straight to an Ed Wood level of film-making. I think there could be a better vehicle for these stage actors to penetrate the movies, I am just not convinced that Otso is that movie.” (Read full review)

1.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Otso may have been made to deliberately confuse viewers, and there’s nothing really wrong with that, but I’m pretty sure it was not made to elicit bad acting from all its actors. It’s ironic that the lead character says in the film ‘First place ako sa declamation contest sa school, pero syempre iba pa rin ang pag-arte sa pelikula.’ because the difference is not really evident.”