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.
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Critic Reviews for Metro Manila
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.
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.
It's pacy, engrossing, and Jake Macapagal's turn as the plucky schmuck protagonist is stellar
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.
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.
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.
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