KabiseraVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.08 (6 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Alfonso Torre III

Writer: Alfonso Torre II, Vicente Groyon

Cast: Joel Torre, Art Acuña, Bing Pimentel, Bernard Palanca, Ketchup Eusebio, Meryll Soriano

Synopsis: While out fishing one day, Andres (Joel Torre) stumbles on to a couple of large boxes filled with meth just floating in the ocean. He hides them at first, but when he learns that they could be worth millions, he and wife (Bing Pimentel) decide to try and sell it. He recruits his old friend Jose (Art Acuña) to help distribute the meth. And the money starts rolling in. But Andres soon finds that his new success is no guarantee that he can keep his family together. And the drug business comes with plenty of risk and complications, pushing the fisherman to his moral extremes. (Click the City)

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Reviews:

4.5         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

“The film works both as a gripping crime thriller and a bleak cautionary tale, in which the director, supported by an excellent cast, displays a sure-hand command of the material. So much so that it nearly becomes Shakespearean in its morality play.” (Read full review)

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film turns traditional family dynamics into a true source of terror, revealing the mania behind proper society’s image of a perfect family unit. At some point, it’s no longer about togetherness. It’s only about control.” (Read full review)

4.0         Derek Elley (Film Business Asia)

“Beautifully written, tightly packaged and with a fine cast led by veteran Joel Torre on top form, Kabisera is a rare crime drama in which the human conflict is more gripping than the criminal mechanics.” (Read full review)

4.0         Mari-An Santos (PEP)

“Though the film starts out slow, it suddenly picks up speed in the middle and by the end, screeches to a halt—with the echoes of the last scene still ringing in our ears.” (Read full review)

4.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“This well crafted and absorbing film deserves a wide theatrical release even without big name stars because it’s structured and constructed to be accessible to ordinary viewers, unlike the other obscure Cinema One entries that will be appreciated by only the people who made them and will cater to only a very limited market.” (Read full review)

4.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Hindi ko nakitaan ang direktor na unang beses pa lang n’yang magdidirek ng feature length. Kitang kita ang kanyang vision para sa buong pelikula at na-execute n’ya ito na para bang hindi s’ya nangangapa (cinematography, scipt, editing, akting, atbp).” (Read capsule review)