Movie Experience: Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo

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Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, 2014

This is one of my most anticipated films from MMFF! I was really excited when I saw the trailer, because I always root for historical film entries every year. I got more excited seeing Robin Padilla as Andres Bonifacio, because I know he makes good movies and he strives for excellence. After seeing the movie, I knew to myself that I wasn’t disappointed, I got what I wanted, historical depiction, action and entertainment, I can honestly say, too, that they have surpassed the film El Presidente by E.R. Ejercito. The only thing that got me worried is the flow of the film, it was promising at the beginning but it got a bit confusing at the latter part. I was waiting for the film’s climax, and then I just realized the film already ended. There was only one action scene, whereas I was expecting a lot. I didn’t expect Robin to delve more into comedy and drama, they should’ve utilized Robin’s expertise, ACTION! But then again, Robin did really good and he deserved to be, and should’ve been, crowned as the Best Actor, he was really intense and you can film him growl and be soft all at the same time. The setting, the costume and the cast, everything was all perfectly in place. I can say one of the best films of 2014 MMFF, just needed a little more spice.

Film Rating: LIMITED

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