by Heinrich Domingo
It is a historical fiction that makes the audience revisit the past. The Marcoses, assassination, guns, and killings, are all but a reminder of the Philippines’ (un)glorious past.
For a generation who can fact check with a single click, Gatilyo ng Baril comes as a breath of fresh air. It allows mystery shadowing fiction as fact. It involves characters that are too controversial to discuss. All of which are significant in encouraging a crowd to think beyond what is expected.
The plot was simple – an investigator questions a friend of the assassin Carlito Dimahilig. The presentation was clean – one scene where the two exchanges details of the failed assassination.
Yet, the potential was ruined with bad acting. The two main acts were unable to fulfill what was needed. Sloppy. Coarse. Deficient. As the story depends on the conversation of the two, they have the ability to make or break the film.
The directors showed no effort to salvage what was ruined. As hurtful as it might be to admit, the directors became contented with what is satisfactory.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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