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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Honor Thy Father: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

This year's MMFF is sparked with controversy as the committee stripped the Honor Thy Father from earning a nomination nod for the Best-Picture Award. The film also fights for the slots in cinemas as theater owners decided to pull-out the film two days after its release date. But despite all of it; the film managed to succeed to deliver an efficient story that is truly remarkable and outstanding. 

Edgar and Kaye (John Llyod Cruz and Meryl Soriano) are husband and wife. They have a daughter and lives in a simple home in Baguio. Their income mostly came from an investment company of Kaye's father as they try to convince some folks to join in their scheme. However, it turns out that the company is a fraud, and her dad was left lifeless because of the scam. Soon, enraged investors threaten their family if they cannot return their money back. Now it's up to Edgar to dig up a hole from his dark past and tries to come up with a plan before its too late.

Honor Thy Father is one of those films you really want to consider watching on the big screen. It's powerful and meaningful right from the get go. Director Erik Matti and writer Michiko Yamamoto once again delivers a solid film after OTJ (2013) that gives hope to our industry. They created another one-of-a-kind movie that isn't the typical main-stream film that we always get in our theaters. It is a dark and brave flick that pushes its way through the barrier of tough competition and announces its existence with its strong story. 

Once again, John Llyod Cruz provides a spectacular performance. He plays Edgar with conviction, a man who would anything for his family. He shows how desperate Edgar can be as he carries all the emotional weight on his back. Meryl Soriano brings more depth and convinced everyone with her dramatic act. The supporting cast also solidifies the film by their effective and meaningful performances to make it more believable. 

Overall, Honor Thy Father is a crafty film that gently peels its contents slowly until it reaches the main core. It doesn't rely on explosive action sequences and simply focuses on one man who is desperate to find a way for his family to survive. It isn't a film for everyone but if you're one of those people who dislike MMFF because of the mainstream formula we get each year; this is certainly a movie you wouldn't want to miss. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars 

Cast: John Llyod Cruz, Meryl Soriano

Directed by: Erik Matti
Distributed by: Reality Entertainment
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide
Official Entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015



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