Cinema One Originals 2018 Short Reviews Part 2


By: Matt Suzara

Asuang

This is one of those entries that has its own world and experiments with a unique material that decently succeeds. It is enjoyable by all means, but the jokes are a combination of hit and miss opportunities but nonetheless, has the guts to take the risks. Alwyn Uytingco is a gem that embraces the titular role full-time and obviously had a lot of fun by doing it. He also got a lot of help with his wacky supporting stars who clearly knows when to deliver. 

We had a lot of good laughs throughout while Alwyn clearly disappears and made Asuang a character to remember. 

Rating: 7.5 / 10 

 

Paglisan

This is one of those films that really stand out for its uniqueness and plus points for creativity. It feels like you are watching a moving portrait that genuinely hands its message through the heart-warming musical numbers. We really didn't expect that Eula and Ian can sing making the film affecting at times. We love the animation as well as the outstanding work coming from its talented voice-cast but feels a bit long for a 100-minute run-time. We feel if it's a bit shorter it can be more impactful as the closing scenes handed the best moments of the entire thing. 

Rating: 7.5/10 


Mamu (and a mother too) 

Totally exceeds our expectations as it has a heartfelt and inspiring material that is so easy to appreciate. There are a lot of things that can be enjoyed in this remarkable film , especially the casts who all deserves a big round of applause. Iyah Mina owns the spotlight and might be a strong contender for the Best Actor Award while EJ Jallorina had his moments to shine brightly. 

Out of the five competing films, this entry easily tops our list as it has the heart and compelling story to tell that can really touch the viewers' hearts. It also had a lot of humor spread out thoroughly but should have loosened up that one disturbing scene. 

Rating: 8.5/10

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