By: Matt Suzara
Kaycee and Wendy (Donnalyn Bartolome and Ella Cruz) are half-sisters who can't seem to get along with anything as they really hate each other a lot. However, when a strong typhoon forced them to stay inside their house, the two are forced to team up and defend themselves against a group of thieves who wants to get inside their home and kill them.
Cry No Fear is a local version of a home invasion thriller that is directed by a horror-suspense expert in Richard Somes. The first part was utterly forgettable but as soon as the stakes went higher, and the tension rises to the occasion; the film never let the gas pedal up and continues to excite the audience with its surprises.
But the main highlight here are the astonishing performances of the two gorgeous ladies in Ella Cruz and Donnalyn Bartolome. The two just injected the film with a lot of energy, charm and showed that they are dedicated in their roles. It is really hard to master all the choreography in their scenes, especially on that muddy area with rain effects. This shows that these ladies are up to any challenge given to them and thankfully, the two skillfully delivers. I like the fact how they hit the right tone of emotions from start to finish. All praises to both Ella and Donnalyn for a job well done, and we look forward to seeing these two stars in more projects soon.
The story is pretty simple, but it has the right mix of suspense, thrill and gore even though it has some questionable decisions from here and there. However, the flaws are easily covered up with the adrenaline-rush sequences that brought the house down. It was emphatically disturbing on some parts, but it was neatly done and in a very professional way. The supporting casts are also a gem with the likes Christopher Roxas, Patricia Javier, Lito Pimentel and Sheree Bautista leading the charge.
Overall, Cry No Fear is an exciting thriller that is well-acted and cleverly performed by its talented lead stars. The fans of Ella and Donna will surely clamor for more after witnessing the two heat up the big screen.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: Ella Cruz, Donnalyn Bartolome, Lito Pimentel, Sheree Bautista
Directed by: Richard Somes
Distributed by: Viva Films
Opens June 20 in PH cinemas