Being Filipino myself, this story strikes a particularly close chord. I remember a simmering rage that came with the knowledge that very few people knew about it. The subject is serious, and there are few light moments. Well, medyo conflicted naman ako dito. Did they accidentally make the movie much longer kaya kinailangang putulin ang ibang eksena? Jose Rizal who are opposed to the Spanish colonists with Andres Bonifacio as one of its members. Anong pakels ko sa love life ng kapatid ni Andres? But their lives that have been given to the country will remain forever.
Screengrab from YouTube But without any real dramatic context to appreciate the rivalry between Aguinaldo and Bonifacio, the film becomes its own version of propaganda. Williams knows only too well that one of the ways to examine history is by going to a museum and finding out as much as he can about his subject. But it is their flaws, their fights and their failures that should endear them to us. This is contrasted near the end of the act with a circular directionless round table discussion, stopping with Bonifacio, as he assumes responsibility, gaining power from the trust of his peers. A man named Teodoro Patino goes out of the printing press and tells his wife, a nun, about the revolution. The first act culminates on natural daylight as the Katipunan emerges from the shadows of the caves of Montalban, where they are not just individual sources of light but now a force to reckon with.
Enzo Williams directs and helped cowrite the screenplay with Keiko Aquino and Carlo Obispo. Bonifacio and Oriang's relationship develops and they finally marry after bantug's parents gave their approval. Even my father confessed na kinilig daw siya sa ligawan ng dalawa. Director Williams provides enough combat action and moments of harsh Spanish oppression to maintain interest. A thousand thoughts I keep of you.
The biggest problem is that Williams decided to frame the story as a history lesson, told through the eyes of a high school kid named Joaquin Daniel Padilla in the present day. Shining in his brief role as Dr José Rizal is Jericho Rosales, but this very famous hero disappears all too soon from the movie maybe just as well, for Rizal and his life has been tackled, examined and chronicled to death, excuse the pun. Andres Bonifacio was a hero of and martyr to the Filipino struggle for freedom from Spain. The democracy that we are cherishing right now is our debt to the Bonifacio and some heroes out there that showed heroism to our country. Later on, Andres Bonifacio and Procopio Bonifacio are sentenced to death. What was he like at home? Afterwards, a man who is one of the people that published the paper is tortured. Filipinos are fighting for the rights to live freely in their own land against the greediness in power of Spaniards.
Kung isa ka sa mga piling taong sumusubaybay ng aking mumunting boses dito sa malaking mundo ng Internet, alam mo kung gaano katindi ang aking pagkabigo sa mga nakaraang Metro Manila Film Festivals. It was a different take sa kwento ng mag-asawa dahil it showed her struggles as a wife who had to share her husband with the revolution. The history will not be erased as generation and new generations will always remembered their braveness. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Walang higanteng production company na nagpondo rito. Hindi ba nila nabuo ang script before they started shooting kaya nagkaganoon? Vina Morales is good in this film and a strong contender for Best Actress.
The mirror is just hanging behind the wall. If these values will cause conflicts in their lives, it will result to a high pressure to ignite a fire. In many eyes, Bonifacio is observed as a national hero. However, the historical sequences are well staged and well acted, especially by Robin Padilla, who makes a handsome and intense Bonifacio. Later that day, while walking on the street, they encounter a friend of Oriang , begging a friar to give his salary in the polo. The true story of Andres Bonifacio, a man who rose as a leader in the fight against the Spanish oppressors, and would gain the enmity of even those fighting for the same cause. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio became friends and have a common factor under La Liga Filipina- to regain the country independence.
The endearing cinematography is also introduced with a uni-directional camera work zooming out from Rizal to a long table filled by intently listening members of La Liga Filipina, an early protoypical movement that failed to set off, signifying his influence and magnitude of his intellect. The story started with killing of the martyrdom of Gomburza - the trio of Fr. How strong is my heart? The fort of El Polvorin, the and the house of the meetings were among those recreated as sets. For the final act, a well-choreographed night ambush, a quasi-climax that is a Pyrrhic victory in retrospect, gives the necessary energy for the painstakingly emotional yet horrifying death that comes to our hero whose only mistake is loving too much and being busy in seeking the light amidst the personal agendas who claim to seek the same. One thing is that the inclusion of the Daniel Padilla and Jasmine Curtis-Smith played as students on the modern day must not be given consideration or more likely included in the scene. The movie is engrossing, if you can overlook Padilla's shticks and swagger, but certain key roles are frustratingly brief Joem Bascon as Emilio Jacinto, Junjun Quintana and Cholo Barretto and Procopio Bonifacio and Ciriaco Bonifacio, Ping Medina as Diwa, Isabel Oli as Nonay, Lou Veloso as Tatang , while the cameo roles are amusing Isko Moreno as Burgos, Rommel Padilla, Daniel Padilla's father, as Gómez, Dennis Marasigan as Zamora.
The film tries to paint the evils of Aguinaldo and leaves the viewers the impression that he is indeed far from being a Philippine hero and that Bonifacio was indeed the first President of the Philippines. Despite the mountains of historical documentation, the past is, inevitably, shaped by the necessary but fallible act of storytelling. Suffering from his untreated wounds, Bonifacio tells his wife Oriang of his dream of finally achieving his wish of the country's independence against Spain. Remarkable scenes from her is her last scene when she was appealing to Marcelo Del Pilar. They advise Aguinaldo to urge Bonifacio to come to Cavite to reunify the factions of the and and hold an for it. Hope you keep me safe too. Finally,we get to see the Katipunan as really a vital movement in the Philippine revolution and providing the country its freedom.
The story of Andres Bonifacio is an important one and deserves to be shown on screen. The film boasts its stylish battle scene, ambitious production design and striking visual palette integrated with the story of our noble hero Andres Bonifacio. It was not necessary for the story as I would have preferred a solid biography of Andres Bonifacio , pero it was necessary for this film to even break even. The movie dares to challenge the watered down and rather one-sided version of history that we get from our grade school textbooks. Founder and leader of the Katipunan, a 19th-century Filipino independence group, Bonifacio can be considered the first president of an independent Philippines. The shots were superb in every scene and the cameras captured the colors and tones quality. The art of healing, is how I care.
The only bit we see of his childhood has him witnessing the brutal execution of three priests by the hands of Spanish rulers. For that alone, the people behind this project deserve a standing ovation. The story goes back and forth from the museum to those tragic dates in history. It really shows the talent of the director, Enzo Williams, and the people behind the scenes. Bonifacio — even with limited budget — managed to look grand as it dwells on the life of the founder of the Katipunan. Added to that,it portrayed him as a truly villainous character who was threatened by Bonifacio and his Katipunan movement as they battle continue to battle the Spaniards separately.