SapiVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.70 (10 ratings)

Genre: Horror, Drama

Writer: Henry Burgos

Director: Brillante Mendoza

Cast: Dennis Trillo, Baron Geisler, Meryll Soriano

Synopsis: The movie concerns fledgling TV reporter Dennis (Dennis Trillo) and his producer Meryll (Meryll Soriano). The pair is working on a story about demonic possession, and they set about looking into reported cases of the phenomenon, hoping to get some footage of an actual possession. Unfortunately, the rival network scoops them on the most promising of the cases, leaving the pair with nothing to show for all their work. But Meryll happens to know the cameraman who worked on the story for the rival network. She makes a backdoor deal with the cameraman and gets the story on air. Unfortunately for everyone involved, some of that footage was never meant to get on air. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Running Time: 100 mins.

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Reviews:

3.0         Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“It seems that it’s trying to satirize the Philippines’ TV network wars and the exploitive nature of mass media while someone is trying to butt in trying to make it into a horror film. The combination just didn’t quite gel and results in neither one being completely satisfactory.” (Read capsule review)

2.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film has the ability to put together a disturbing visual, it’s unable to build any sort of lasting effect. The horror comes off as an afterthought, all of it playing second fiddle to an overly obvious message.” (Read full review)

2.0         Derek Elley (Film Business Asia)

“By the end, Sapi, with its dramatic thinness, leaves as empty a feeling as most of Mendoza’s other works: this is a film-maker with little new or fresh to say, even at a generic level.” (Read full review)

2.0         Duane Lucas Pascua (Spot.ph)

Sapi dives deep into an ocean of media espionage and dark occultism with tremendous ambition and promise—and yet finds itself wading in shallow waters. And despite the promising use of ambient gloom, the film fails to create enough tension to do what it is supposed to do: scare us.” (Read full review)

2.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The real horror here is the expose that ruthless TV journalists will willingly distort the truth in their efforts to make their programs rate. But with it lacking proper focus, the movie scatters to all sorts of direction.” (Read full review)

1.5         Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“In sum, Sapi is a mess. It sets out to be a horror movie and a social commentary, and it fails at both. We don’t watch movies for the filmmaker’s intentions; we watch them for the results. By all means, make important statements, but don’t forget about the cinema.” (Read full review)

1.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“We are left with a figment of horror that is too tame to frighten, and too alienating to enlighten. By the tailend of Sapi, the film gives up on itself. It spins wildly into a discordant mishmash of fantasy and reality as the film cuts dizzyingly from one character to the next. We are never truly sure of what happens to our cursed reporters, but neither do we really care.” (Read full review)

1.0         Stephanie Mayo (InterAksyon)

Sapi only qualifies as a horror movie because it should scare both indie and mainstream moviegoers. There is not a single scary moment. Instead, Sapi is one astonishingly confused, sloppy, senseless and boring movie.” (Read full review)

1.0         Fred Hawson (Fred Said)

Sapi did not really succeed as a horror film. The social commentary parts about the media war, or even about the garbage and the flooding, were shallow at best.” (Read full review)

1.0         Rob San Miguel (Brun Philippines)

“Measure it by any standard, even view it as experimental film adventurism, Sapi remains disjointed and tedious to watch.  In this film, Mendoza demonizes Philippine broadcast news and the ongoing network wars. The film is littered with visuals to get his message across but nothing holds his message together.” (Read full review)

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