Oros is the second movie I was able to watch at this year’s Cinemalaya. The story is about two brothers living on slums who uses what they call a “spot” (a cadaver which they buy from a certain funeral parlor) to hold a fake wake in their town so they can host an illegal gambling called “saklaan”. It’s a bit typical, yes; I even predicted what’s going to happen by the first, I think, 20 minutes, but I actually liked how the story was told. I liked how it started and how it ended. I’d have to say, “medyo kulang” but all in all good enough. Some of the audience in the theater even gave it a round of applause. So, not bad. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
I initially wanted to watch this right away the moment I saw the trailer. It was enticing! That’s why I couldn’t contain myself from excitement when finally I was waiting in line one Thursday afternoon for the 4PM screening. I even made it a point to wake up early so I can watch it before going to work. And what a film it was.
The first few minutes alone gave me goosebumps. I know it’s not true that this certain group of people indeed found a Tagalog silent film set in the American occupation, but the way it was presented like a documentary from an amateur’s camcorder was just great. And when Kamera Obskura actually started, I was in awe. The sound, the lighting, the scenes. WOW.
One thing I noticed though, it dwelled too much on politics. I was kind of expecting more of those great scenes, but at least the premise is still there. I would really love to see more films of this kind in the succeeding years. Raymond Red did a great job. And if you’re planning to watch it, wait until the end of credits. The ending sent chills down my spine. Go catch it! 🙂 4 out of 5 stars.