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Monday, September 21, 2015

Taklub: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Taklub tells four stories of different people who lived and survive typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban. Bebeth (Nora Aunor) lost three of her four children during the storm. She is hoping that the DNA test will be the answer to find their bodies. Erwin (Aaron Rivera) and his two siblings lost their parents and tries to battle it out with the bureaucrats for them to have a new place to stay. Pedicab driver Larry (Julio Diaz) lost his wife and Fisherman Renato may have rescued his family and survive the storm but lost them in a freak fire accident in their village. 

Typhoon Yolanda is one of the worst typhoon that hit the Philippines that took thousands of lives and left many families with nothing. Director Brilliante Mendoza made a film about the aftermath of destruction of the typhoon by giving us what does life looked like in Tacloban. A lot of people still need help with the construction of their home and hope that the bodies of their missing family members can still be found. 

You'll be left and wonder where did all the funds go? Where a lot of different countries and people took their time to get some donation to help and rebuild their place. Many questions were left unanswered in our mind, and we really feel sorry for the fate of our kababayans left still waiting for the government's actions.

We follow the characters with their everyday lives with the film moving in a slow pace. It's a bit dull, but the cast manages to portray their characters well enough so the audience can feel the trials on the lives of these people. Nora Aunor gave out a strong performance throughout, but we gave our hats off to Julio Diaz, who simply made us feel the hardship and trauma that the typhoon left. Same as Lou Veloso that carries the emotional weight when he lost his whole family in the fire.

Overall, Taklub is a shallow interpretation of the whole concept. It had the chance to dig deeper and have a bit of back story to have a full grip with our main characters. However, it chooses to play sideways and  didn't reach the full potential of the entire movie. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Nora Aunor, Lou Veloso, Julio Diaz

Directed by: Brilliante Mendoza
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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