okay? that last comment was really off the wall. anyway, i was lured into the film by the interesting character that somewhat annoyed and disturbed me. the filming is what kept me entertained. i thought the little symbolisms such as the mcdonalds is what gave this movie moments of pause and thought, as opposed to deducted from the experience. yes, it was more of a tour of Cavite then it was anything else. and i think that isn't really a bad thing. isn't the point of film somewhat also about taking your world and bringing it to another and vice versa, sharing and melding cultures. i think it had a lasting impression on me about the poverty that some face daily while we feed our faces full of fast food and as one person said, it was an example of a boy procuring food for his old grandmother while he eats it much like a skinny dog in a dirty street. it was to remind us of our "wasteful" lifestyle.
what i didn't like however, was yes, the abuse of the overly done topic of terrorists, which always go hand in hand with muslims since 9/11. i am interested in the topic just as much as the next person but not every terrorist scenario has to be about muslims. change the diaper already. the man on the phone was terribly pointless. he saw all as someone commented, which was very irritating, and obviously impossible. it seemed like an elaborate plot to make a guy make a moral decision. i kept trying to wonder if i missed the meaning behind that. it left you feeling very unsatisfied when you didn't get to see the family nor the terrorists. and without explaining a single thing. some hints would've been nice, but, i agree ... if you want bombs and explosions go watch mission impossible or 007. i enjoy the implied, subtle, more psychological films as opposed to the violent. and some people prefer that. so don't ever subscribe to ifc. get basic cable and watch tnt for those cheap thrills.