One-Second Film Review: Yam Laranas’ The Road (2011)
Director: Yam Laranas
Producers: Jose Mari Abacan and Annete Gozon-Abrogar
Screenplay by: Aloy Adlawan and Yam Laranas
Cast: Carmina Villaroel, Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza, TJ Trinidad, Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes, Derrick Monasterio, Lexi Fernandez, Ynna Asistio, and Renz Valerio
Before I watched the film, I expected too much because of the wonderful reviews (by Filipinos! sadly) that it garnered since it released. Most even say that it is made as if it is from Hollywood. I greatly disagree, unless of course, you compare it with B-grade Hollywood movies. This movie is a bore (and even is worth laughing at at some scenes). Sadly for Laranas, he cannot live up to his 2004 blockbuster film, Sigaw, which has an American remake, Echo (2008), which he directed too (though oddly enough, he failed to create another good film). I blame the failure of the film to its screenplay and how the story progresses, its exposition. Moreover, why title the film “The Road” when in fact only the first part really show why it is titled so? The last two parts were mostly filmed inside a house, so, I guess you get where I am coming too.
One good thing about the film, though, is that both Derrick Monasterio and Alden Richards, whose character is so pathetic because he is too “weak” to be a murderer (the older version though, TJ Trinidad’s, is more believable), are eye candies.