Metro Manila (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Metro Manila (2014)



Critic Consensus: Infusing thriller tropes with a searing glimpse of modern-day corruption, Metro Manila is just as gripping as any action blockbuster -- and twice as thought-provoking.

Movie Info

Ellis, whose previous films include the award-winning CASHBACK and THE BROKEN, travels to the Philippines to tell the story of Oscar Ramirez, a down-on-his-luck farmer who flees the countryside with his family to look for a brighter future in the bustling, overwhelming metropolis of Manila. Oscar believes he has caught a break when he is offered steady work for an armored truck company and his kind and gregarious partner takes him under his wing. But when his seemingly prosperous gig unravels, Oscar realizes the inherent dangers of his new job and gets caught in a complex and perilous scheme of double-dealing. Faced with no other options, Oscar has to risk everything to protect what he cares about most - his family. (C) Oscilloscopemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers
In Theaters:
Oscilloscope Pictures - Official Site


Jake Macapagal
as Oscar Ramirez
Althea Vega
as Mai Ramirez
Miles Canapi
as Charlie
Erin Panlilio
as Angel Ramirez
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Critic Reviews for Metro Manila

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5)

Proof that you can't go wrong with the same old story.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

As bleak as a Dickens novel, yet twinned with a contemporary heist drama, Metro Manila straddles two worlds in telling the story of a desperate family man who moves from a small farm to the city.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The movie works as a contemporary look at desperation in crime-riddled Manila, but it's also as deliciously old-fashioned as the late '40s-era film noir "Kiss of Death," and nearly as entertaining.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It's pacy, engrossing, and Jake Macapagal's turn as the plucky schmuck protagonist is stellar

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

The tone is much bleaker [then Cashback], though, showing his evolution as a filmmaker and person to embrace the world's cynicism with a lens no longer tinted by fun quirk.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016
The Film Stage

The acting is very good in this movie and the story is well-written and compelling. The production values are solid. This is a good looking film. This is a grim, depressing tale, but there is more to it than that.

Full Review… | February 2, 2015
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for Metro Manila

Sean Ellis must have fallen so deeply in love with Metro Manila to depict it the way he did in this film. It captured the harsh reality of the great big city, and it did so with a story that stirs a whirlwind of emotions. Everybody did a pretty good job. This film surely isn't easy to forget.

Maymay Asahan

Super Reviewer

I was pleasantly surprised by Metro Manila. It was able to illustrate the level of corruption in this area of Phillipines and ,at the same time, provide an interesting story. Metro Manila delivered in both the cinematography and sound departments as well. I did have some nitpikey problems with the plot, however, it was a great watch over all.


Family drama. Social commentary. Heist movie. It's a bit light and in each element, but the combination is pretty effective.

Michael H.
Michael Harbour

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