A dark crime thriller, neo-noir with a gangster feel. Finally, a local film that is worth every Peso.
The film stars Gerald Anderson (Daniel) and Joel Torre (Tatang/Mario) who are jail inmates being released from time to time to eliminate “targets” as hired killers.
On the other hand, Joey Marquez (SP01 Acosta) and Piolo Pascual (NBI agent Coronel) are the good guys who plays as law enforcers.
The film has been said to be based on true to life events which we find very timely with all the issues that our country is facing as of the moment.
The actors gave justice to their given roles. Although Joel Torre, Piolo Pascual and Joey Marquez showcased their acting prowess as expected, we must say that Gerald Anderson deserves a big round of applause for dropping his boy next door image and man it out in this film. Every scene appears to be so realistic. The city streets, dialogues, expressions, and even the clothes worn by the actors. Kudos to the wardrobe team for making the characters look like the real deal, and not making them wear neat signature clothes (if you’ve watched some previous local films you’ll get what we’re sayin’).
It kind of reminded us of the film “The Departed” or “Infernal affairs“.
It was showed in Cannes early this year and received a two minute standing ovation . Joel Torre even took home the best actor award from a Korean award giving body. It is also said that there will be an American adaptation.
OTJ is a true work of art. This is the kind of movie that Filipinos should patronize and should be proud of.
Migs and Alaine Alejandrino
*photos from Google