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Monday, September 7, 2015

Heneral Luna: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

History isn't my favorite subject as we find it hard to stay awake in class. Here comes another movie about a national hero but this time it's not Jose Rizal or Andres Bonifacio but General Antonio Luna. We are quite excited to see the film as my fellow bloggers told me that it was a good film. We also love John Arcillia as he is one of our premiere actors whom you'll certainly admire his talent. Well, our two-hour wait in line at the red carpet screening last night was totally worth it as we witnessed another masterpiece from Director Jerold Tarog. 

After the Philippines was freed under the Spanish colony, the Americans  were next in line to rule our beloved country. General Antonio Luna (John Arcilla), commander of the revolutionary army vows to fight for our freedom instead of inking a deal with the United States. He is one of the brilliant minds in the battlefield and also known for his hotheaded temper. Dedicated and loyal to his country, Antonio Luna did what he knew that is right but didn't know that his principle created a huge target behind his back.

Heneral Luna is an entertaining feature. The film never looses the steam right from the get go and manage to mix up facts and fiction without ruining a piece of history. Director Jerold Tarog provides the much-needed humor and balance the entire thing so the audience won't get bored. We also got a lot from the solid portrayal of John Arcilla giving life to Antonio Luna. He is just simply fun to watch as he brings justice and strength to the character. 

The supporting cast features an ensemble line-up consisting of Mon Confiado, Epi Quizon, Joem Bascon, Mylene Dizon and our personal favorite Archie Alemania. They have given great contribution to their roles, but it was always John Arcilla, who runs the show. 

Warning spoilers ahead

The only complain we want to rant is the part when they killed Antonio Luna. It was over-exaggerated where they have already used a lot of bullets to kill him, but they decided to make Luna to be a part of the Walking Dead. It was a bit unnecessary, and they should have made it quite simpler. 

Overall, Heneral Luna is a rare local gem to find in our cinema. It may be a tough film to sell but it is a chance for us to relive the Philippine history all over again but this time in a fun way. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: John Arcilla, Mon Confiado, Joem Bascon, Archie Alemania

Directed by: Jerold Tarog  
Opens September 9 in cinemas nationwide


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