Knowledgable of Filipino Culture
Mariano Apuya Jr | Kapolei, HI United States | 09/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cavite is where the Philippines under the first Filipino president General Emilio Agiunaldo declared independence in the 19th century. There is a scene in the movie where the park is named after him.
The filmakers definitely know Filipino culture. There is a scene where the song "Mr. Suave" by Parokya ni Edgar when even the antigonist sings to the tune. Mr. Suave is a hugely popular song by the band that is widely considered as the national band of the Philippines as of the date of this review. They would only know of this if they were au courant with the goings on on the Philippines. They are also knowledgable of the political climate of the Philippines. The conspirators while never named, are in the ilk of Abu Sayaff or the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. So with this in mind the filmakers weave a story that they know intimately and therefore is meaningful for any outsider that may have doubts about the authenticity of portraying the culture. And they may not show the best of Filipino society, nonetheless this is a how a big part of the Filipino masses live.
The filmaking itself, in my opinion, is not that great but not bad either. The filmakers actually went to film school, I can't tell by sitting through the whole 80 minutes of the film whether they earned good grades. They certainly may have passed.
The bad guy feeding instructions to the main character via cell pnone is truly bad. Other reviewers have written that they can't follow the dialog between the two. I am fluent in Tagalog and had a hard time following it too. The voice comming out of the cellphone talking in Tagalog has a strange accent. To me it didn't sound like a local, it may have been an American who speaks Tagalog, diction and locution is not very good. Also the subtitles are too small to read at a distance, although it is colored in legible yellow."
Thoughtful storyline in an original setting!!!
jgacis | California, USA | 09/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This story shows an interesting perspective of a filipino american who travels through despair within his native country. Although the story of terrorism has been played out many times in the media, this movie shows its own form through the cultural differences between a man's first world home environment and the roots of his native third world country. The main character of Adam personifies his American mannerisms while the movie shows the conflicts that this character has to endure. Some examples include him talking only in English to the enemy, being repulsed by the sights and smell of the squatter villages, and having to eat food that most Americans (and Adam himself) wouldn't want to eat! (balut).
Although the movie represents some of the realistic hardships in the Philippines, some people might be offended by this focus of poverty. The country itself is constantly growing, developing, and in some ways improving as well in a slow way. The movie doesn't really show this since it's main focus is the dark storyline that Adam goes through. So although the background scenes fit well with the plot of the storyline as well as the current conditions there, the images of the Philippines in the movie is only a sample of what the country really represents.
Overall, this is a good movie to watch. You will learn some of the cultural lifestyles and actual scenes you would see if you were to travel there yourself. The struggles of Adam will also make you think what you would do if you were him. With today's issues of terrorism, poverty, and globalization, this movie provides it's own unique artistic style of filming that addresses these issues.
Fun - but lacking depth.....
R. Johnson | Hollywood, CA USA | 09/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I heard great things about this movie from the reviews in the local papers here in Los Angeles. So when I saw this, I knew I had to buy it. The first impression you will get when watching this movie is that the budget for this was quite low and many quick cut editing style is more irritating than necessary. Shooting this story in the line of "24" would have been more affective....
Once Adam, the main character, is over in the Philippines - the story becomes a fun thriller. All that character development in the beginning was not necessary. I found the poverty shots of the Philippines to be amazing (sad)...that even today people live in those kind of conditions and shameful any government allows it.
"Cavite" lacked a good soundtrack...there is other music involved in it, but nothing original to this movie...which I think made this film lose the "emotional attachment" to the main character and what he is going through.
Note to Filmmakers: Use the money you make from THIS one and make "Cavite 2 - Adam's Revenge." : ) This time...don't hold back."