Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kalayaan (2012)

Director Adolf Alix fuses local folklore with contemporary socio-political elements in Kalayaan

The first half of the movie is rife with beautiful long takes of Ananda Everingham. The 30-year-old actor's boyish face works magic for cinematographer Albert Banzon. Everingham is the movie's heart and soul and he shines in scenes where his character is lost in thought, drowning in remorse and doubt. 

The second half of the movie is punctuated by Zanjoe Marudo's angry soldier rants/revelations. He's like the walking Cliff's Notes of the movie. You can only take so much of his yakking before you start wishing for a tsunami to frisk him off to the Indian Ocean. 

As for the mermaid element, if you're thinking Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989), think again—Alix's lust-driven she-fish could scar you for life. 

Kalayaan is a minor film in Alix's repertoire. Don't expect too much, enjoy Everingham's wonderful acting and take the movie's pretense with a grain of salt. 


the scud said...

panonoorin ko ito later. what else have you seen?

Visual Velocity said...

Sa Greenbelt, I saw Sta. Nina and Kalayaan. Sa CCP, Ex Press and Requieme. Dapat manonood ako ng Bwakaw, kaya lang naubusan ako ng ticket. :-D

the scud said...

Sta Nina is very good daw. sa 28th ko pa mapapanood. i love requieme! kaso may technical difficulties na naman. same thing happened last year with the niño screening.

Visual Velocity said...

Sabay pala tayo nanood ng Requieme! Kaka-inis nga yung technical glitches. After nga dapat ng showing ng Requieme! pupunta sana ako ng Trinoma to catch the last screening of Bwakaw. Hindi na ako naka-abot. :P

the scud said...

nanood ako ng posas after requieme. i didn't like it. john lapus was a joy to watch lang.

Visual Velocity said...

the scud,

Buti na lang hindi ako nanood, hehe. Yung Kalayaan hindi ko gusto, buti na lang andun si Ananda. Panalo ang acting!