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Shake, Rattle and Roll 14: The Invasion

srr14Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.65 (12 ratings)

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Director: Chito Roño

Writers: Ricky Lee, Rody Vera, Roy Iglesias

Cast: Carlo Aquino, Dennis Padilla, Dennis Trillo, Dimples Romana, Empress Schuck, Herbert Bautista, Janice de Belen, Lovi Poe, Makisig Morales, Paolo Avelino, Ronnie Lazaro, Snooky Serna, Vhong Navarro, AJ Dee, Albie Casino, Alex Castro, Anna Vicente, Arlene Muhlach, Benz Sangalang, Chokoleit , Chris Pasturan, Dennis Padilla, Ella Cruz, Eri Neeman, Eric Tai, Eula Caballero, Fabio Ide, Gerald Pesigan, Ivan Dorschner, Jairus Aquino, JC Tiuseco, Martin Escudero, Rain Papa, Rommel Padilla

Synopsis: The first segment, Pamana, is set in the 80s, where a group of cousins (Herbert Bautista, Janice de Belen, Arlene Muhlach and Eri Neeman) gather at the house of a forgotten uncle to learn of their inheritance. They are promised 20 million pesos at the end of the month, but until then, they are to care for their uncle’s horror comics. Their lives are all put in danger when the monsters from the comics suddenly come to life.

Lost Command follows a group of soldiers (led by Dennis Trillo) as they trek deep into the jungle to investigate mysterious deaths in the area. They hear tales of aswang, of a battalion of soldiers who are no longer quite human.

Unwanted tells the story of Hank and Kate (Vhong Navarro and Lovi Poe), who we learn early on are pregnant with a child they’re not sure they want to keep. Before they can have much of a discussion about it, a large explosion traps them inside a shopping mall. The two, along with other survivors, try to find a way out, but standing in their way are all manners of strange creatures. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: GP

Running time: 125 mins

Trailer: 

Reviews:

3.0        Carljoe Javier (Rappler)

“There are moments where the scripts might fail him, but at the very least everything here is entertaining (or at the very least attention-grabbing).” (Read full review)

3.0        Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The result is as mixed as it’s always been, with only one of the segments really standing out.” (Read full review)

3.0        Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News)

“Thankfully the writing of these stories, the believable dialogue and fictional relationships, balanced out the false shine and shimmer of technologically enhanced creatures.” (Read full review)

3.0        Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“I like how they connected the first segment with an old horror concept: the power of comics. There’s really something that’s comfortable to watch here that makes the whole episode enjoyable.” (Read full review)

3.0        Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 is a mixed bag. But moviegers should still see it for “Pamana,” which is worth the price of the entire ticket.” (Read full review)

2.5         Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

SRR 14: The Invasion is terrible, but it is oddly enjoyable.” (Read full review)

2.5         Edgar Calabia Samar (Atisan)

“I waited until the credits rolled, and realized I was not shaken and rattled, unlike when I was very young. The series did not grow old with me.” (Read full review)

2.5         Jason Domantay (Yahoo Philippines)

“Watching  Shake Rattle and Roll films can be tough. For one, there’s less screen time for every story. Thus the viewer is less emotionally-invested in the characters and even in the supernatural beings.” (Read full review)

2.5         Zig Marasigan (Kristn)

Shake, Rattle, & Roll 14: The Invasion offers some mild entertainment with very little going for it past the first episode.” (Read full review)

2.5         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“While these three old tales were compelling to watch, Rono’s new age fables are emotionally distant and uninteresting.” (Read full review)

2.5         Cinerama Etcetera

SRR Fourteen was not able to sustain its strong beginning because of a deteriorating storyline that left more questions than answers.” (Read full review)

2.5         Kikko Kalabud (Hot for Movies)

“This would have been a great ‘comeback’ for this famous local horror anthology but it turned out to be a little lackluster than expected.” (Read full review)

2.0         Andie Reyes (Katipunan)

“While Pamana is surprisingly sly, delivering the expected characters-coming-to-life narrative with a winking, self-aware humor, Lost Command seems to be less concerned with making sense of the story it’s telling than in aping zombie movie formulas.” (Read full review)

The Reunion

Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.25 (15 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Frasco Mortiz

Writer: Aries de Guzman

Cast: Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, Xian Lim, Kean Cipriano, Jessy Mendiola, Cristine Reyes, Megan Young, Bangs Garcia, Julia Montes, Matt Evans, Janus del Prado, Tom Rodriguez, Gina Pareño, Ronnie Lazaro, Louise Abuel, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Joseph Marco, Bryan Santos, Ivan Dorschner, Alexa Ilacad

Synopsis:  Friends Lloyd, Joax, Bogs and Patrick (Enchong Deep, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil and Kean Cipriano) attend their high school reunion. There they are humiliated for ending up in dead end jobs. The four reason out that their misfortunes can be traced back to a single event in high school that caused their then-girlfriends to break up with them. They resolve to get Lloyd back with his high school sweetheart Ara (Cristine Reyes), and this leads them to seek out their past and deal with the various things that has kept them from moving on. (Click the City)

Trailer: 

Reviews:

3.5      Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“It is entertaining enough, unburdened by any baggage to mean anything other than guiltless and shallow amusement.” (Read full review)

3.0      Wanggo Gallaga (Juice.ph)

“While the story is full of promise, the script demands too little of its cast and the director chooses to play up the comedy with the basics, like making the actors make funny faces during embarrassing moments.” (Read full review)

3.0      Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

“The enthusiastic performances of the young cast make this movie a treat for fans of the ABS-CBN stars.” (Read full review)

3.0      Reel Advice

“What you get is a mess of a story (with little or no logical sense at times) but with perfect moments of comedy mixed in to make you forget about its shortcomings.” (Read full review)

2.5      Dale Bacar (Bum-Spot)

The Reunion as a whole is fun and very likeable. It mostly lived up to the vision of its creators. It just wasn’t a very ambitious goal to begin with.” (Read full review)

2.5      Ihcahieh

“This movie goes out of its way to try to make you laugh. Sometimes it succeeds. Most of the time, it fails.” (Read full review)

2.5      Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“Made of stuff that I wish to see from Star Cinema. It remains empty but it is more risky compared to their other so-called blockbuster comedies. I won’t recommend it because of the association with Eraserheads but at least it gave me an illusion that perfect barkadas do not disband. Kinda teary eyed when ‘Minsan’ was played, which was prophetic enough for me about the band’s break-up when I first heard it, in a scene where things started to go wrong. For anything tribute-y, I like the Lynch Hotel part the best.”

2.0      Philbert Dy (Click the City)

The Reunion actually has a couple of interesting stories to tell. The problem is that it focused on the most boring one.” (Read full review)

2.0      Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“With confounding hijinks ensuing, Mortiz’s zippy first full-length feature veers from fatuous slapstick to stock sentimentality, and peppers its tale with narrative side-trips that are more annoying than entertaining.” (Read full review)

2.0      Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Director Frasco Mortiz’s movie runs on a premise that’s too ridiculous to believe. In fact, connecting the dots should be the least of their worries as logical groundwork in the narrative leaves much to be desired.” (Read full review)

2.0      Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“It suffers from an un-funny screenplay that relies too heavily upon flashback and madcap romping, pretty awful acting, and generally sloppy production values like uneven cinematography and abysmal sound; the dialogue is drowned out by the musical score.” (Read full review)

2.0     Mavin Reyes (Mavin Media Guru)

“Though there are some comedic moments worthy of a laugh or so, still the ones that were not properly executed outweighs the good ones.” (Read full review)

1.5      Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Wow, what an embarrassing script. Clichés dropping like rain on a monsoon season in the age of climate change. Enchong Dee’s sincere performance sticks out like a sore thumb and provides the sole glimmer in this otherwise hackneyed, convoluted, bloated mess of an excuse for a movie.”

1.5      Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“This movie looks like a pilot of a teen series that will be canceled mid-season. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before that this film did not incorporate.” (Read full review)

1.5      Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever Carl)

“A waste of time.” (Read full review)

1.5      Armando dela Cruz (Film Police)

The Reunion is triumphant in building up a premise; it’s also triumphant in gradually destroying that.” (Read full review)