Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Stray Dog Question (A Review of Honor Thy Father)

Direk Erik Matti and John Lloyd Cruz.
This is going to be really short. Films like Honor Thy Father don't need hoity-toity praises. If only we can force every Filipino to watch this, maybe there could be a brighter future.

Maybe that's an exaggeration. Honor Thy Father is Erik Matti's latest thriller, following the triumph of On the Job. 

So a quick synopsis. Edgar (John Lloyd Cruz) and Kaye (Meryll Soriano) is involved in a pyramid scheme scam organized by Kaye's father. The father got killed. So the fraud victims, which are mostly members of a religious group where Edgar's family are members, hunt down Kaye. A couple even kidnapped the couples daughter, threatened to do more harm if they don't bring back their money. Frustrated, Edgar and Kaye seek the help of the leader of their shady church, where their murdered father donated a million pesos. But this step failed. 

Time is running out so Edgar took the bull the horns. Joined by his miner siblings, they cook up a heist. Their victim: the church. Will they succeed? Please watch.

This is a film that could make you breathless from start to finish. Imagine this scene, your dead father is in a coffin and your house in shambles because some angry people took almost all of your stuff. This is a picture that could make your BP rise.

Matti (and writer Michicko Yamamoto) picked some serious topics that no directors or producers dared to explore. Corruption within the church. Get-rich-quick scams. Mining. 

Edgar's family is from Bontoc. This is the part that might hurt the film. There are a lot who would react to the portrayal of the Bontoc people here, including the presentation of the culture, accents, etc. But with superb narration and impressive technicalities, that SHOULD NOT matter. 

The first scene showed Edgar feeding a stray dog. What does this mean? Please watch.

Honor Thy Father will be part of the Metro Manila Film Festival this year and will be released as The Con Man. It's the opening film of this year's Cinema One Originals Film Festival held at Trinoma Cinema 7 last Nov 8. 2015.

Verdict: A. Please watch.
The cast of Honor Thy Father (Con Man)
Words By Aga Posadas
Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida

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