HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Ritual, The
Les Girls
Death of Stalin, The
Mission, The
Wild Life, The
Eve of Destruction
Mad Death, The
Lost in Vagueness
Sleeping Beauty
Allure
In Search of Dracula
Fantastic Woman, A
Emmanuelle II
Far from Vietnam
Inherit the Wind
Post, The
King Frat
Commuter, The
Mister Buddwing
Kiki's Delivery Service
Z-O-M-B-I-E-S
Mansfield 66/67
Old Enough
Bleeding Steel
Double Hour, The
My Generation
Geostorm
Pendulum
Certain Magical Index: The Movie - The Miracle of Endymion, A
That Good Night
   
 
Newest Articles
Boris Goes Bonkers, Bela Goes Bats: The Old Dark House and Mark of the Vampire
Charles Bronson's Mid-70s: Breakheart Pass and Others
Kids in America: The Breakfast Club vs Metropolitan
80s Dance-Off: Staying Alive vs Murder-Rock vs Breakin'
The Cinematic Darkside of Donald Crowhurst
Dutch Courage: The Flodder Series
Coming of Age: Boys on Film 18 - Heroes on DVD
Country and Irish - The secret history of Irish pop culture
Wash All This Scum Off the Streets: Vigilante Movies
Force the Issue: Star Wars' Tricky Middle Prequels and Sequels
Rediscovered: The Avengers - Tunnel of Fear on DVD
Sword Play: An Actor's Revenge vs Your Average Zatoichi Movie
Super Sleuths: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes on DVD
Stop That, It's Silly: The Ends of Monty Python
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
   
 
  Clash No JusticeBuy this film here.
Year: 2009
Director: Pepe Diokno
Stars: Celso Ad. Castillo, Felix Roco, Daniel Medrana, Zyrus Desamparado, Eda Nolan, Moises Magisa, Bayang Barrios, Dexter Indab, Jim Libiran, Bianca Balbuena, J.R. Nopia, Christian Remo, Rod Capua, Willie Revillame, Tj Villa
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: 814 people have been murdered by vigilante death squads in the Philippines in the past decade, and the state not only turns a blind eye to these crimes, but may be sanctioning them as well, because the general public wish the authorities to take a zero tolerance approach to lawbreaking. In this city by the coast, teenage Richard (Felix Roco) is struggling to get by, he owes some very threatening gang members a lot of money and he is trying to drum up the cash lest he be forced to leave for good, in spite of his family being there. He tries to encourage his younger brother Raymond (Daniel Medrana) to attend school, but he cannot set an example, and their father is no help either…

Director Pepe Diokno was only twenty-one years of age when he made this exposé of the Filippino death squads, and if nothing else what he achieved was very impressive indeed, purely on a technical level. Aside for a handful of establishing shots at the beginning and a short coda, it was edited to make it appear as if the entire film had been shot in two takes, both lasting around half an hour each, making up a film that was a brief, swift hour in duration. The cut between the two takes was between the daytime scenes and the nighttime scenes, so you wouldn’t feel the need to try and identify any hidden transition and grow too distracted from the narrative.

The camerawork was entirely handheld, which lent a woozy, swaying appearance to the film, but also had the downside of making it difficult to perceive what was happening in some scenes, especially in the latter stages when there was a lot of action – running about, characters getting beaten up, and so forth – and the darkness had fallen, leaving the digital video photography rather indistinct. The anonymous city this took place in was actually a succession of elaborate sets, though tended to look pretty samey as the characters wandered their way around Diokno’s version of a Filippino slum, a vivid mess of chaotic sounds and visuals that somehow convinced as a genuine location.

As for those characters, we were patently intended to sympathise with Richard who has gotten in way over his head with the ne’erdowells, and the plotline closed down every avenue of escape as he plans to flee the city with his girlfriend Jenny-Jane (Eda Nolan), but forthright and aggressively bumptious gang member Tomas (Zyrus Desamparado), who harbours a definitely unrequited crush on her, is determined to prevent them going. This led to a cat and mouse situation around those narrow streets, if you could call something so makeshift a street, where you were simply waiting for events to erupt into violence, as expected by the opening captions concerning those victims of the vigilantes.

Although it did last such a skimpy amount of time for a feature, more like a beefed up short film really, Clash, or Engkwentro as it was originally named, quite a fair amount was packed in, much of it of a social conscience variety. We were invited not only to fret for Richard and Jenny-Jane but for Raymond as well, seeing that his brother’s downward spiral (in one so young, as well) is something that he will likely suffer too. This was not a film to supply solutions to the issues brought up, it was more highlighting the problems and expecting something to be done about them as a result of their endeavours to bring them to the public awareness, and as far as that went it was effective, though we didn’t get to know anyone here so much in depth as in sketches of their personalities and dilemmas. With the mayor’s voice (supplied by Celso Ad. Castillo, also glimpsed in mock news footage) constantly proclaiming his supposedly benevolent overseeing over a tannoy, this was a world very close to a nightmare.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 410 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Graeme Clark
  Jamie Nichols
Andrew Pragasam
George White
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Mark Scampion
   

 

Last Updated: