ECHORSIS is not comedy! It is not drama, horror or fantasy – because it’s a little bit of everything. One might say that this new movie is something IN BETWEEN!
Described by critics as intelligent and “out-of-the-box”, ECHORSIS: SABUNUTAN BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL made its big screen debut last Sunday at the SM City North EDSA attended by the producers and cast of the show led by John “Sweet” Lapus (Kristoff), Alex Medina (Carlo) and Kean Cipriano (Fr. Nick).
Also present during the grand red carpet premiere is producer Chris Cahilig and critically acclaimed director Lemuel Lorca who recently won the Best Picture trophy for the CineFilipino movie entry “Ned’s Project”.
For a first time production, Chris Cahilig of Insight 360 has made a big risk of doing a mainstream film with an indie theme. It’s unconventional! But based on what I have seen on the big screen last Sunday, the producers have made the right decision of putting this out for people to see. Kudos to Jerry Gracio, the writer of Echorsis for a well thought-out plot.
Now, will the technical success of the movie translates to a box office hit – well, that’s something we’ll have to wait and see when it opens on April 13 in theaters nationwide.
Like with all local and experimental mainstream endeavors (Heneral Luna, English Only Please and That Thing Called Tadhana) there is always that danger of being pulled out of movie houses if it did not perform well on its first day. This is why the cast and crew of ECHORSIS are appealing to Filipino moviegoers to see the film on its opening day (April 13).
I often measure the quality of the film through its ending – because this is the part of the film (specially in locally produced movies) that is often neglected or sacrificed. I give ECHORSIS a more than okay rating in this regard. The closing is nothing grand or spectacular but it is however direct to the point and very revealing. That few last frames of the film made sense of what has transpired all throughout the film.
I believe that the climax part should have been made more exciting. I understand that they’re probably trying to make that scene as light and simple as possible (and that is why they elected Chokoleit to portray evil incarnate in the first place) but in my opinion, it should’ve been created as the most serious part of the film – even to the point of letting true drama and horror set in. It would’ve been cool to see Kean, Alex, John and Chokoleit engaged in a realistic supernatural battle for the soul.
Alex Medina and Kean Cipriano are good actors. They have portrayed their roles very well.
Lastly, ECHORSIS is a light comedy film with a deep social message – one that speaks of sex, gender, relationships, love and forgiveness. Religion in this movie is only a background, a necessary environment that the writer used as a beautiful canvas to paint his work of realism.
Watch out also for the enjoyable scenes from the rest of the cast – Alessandra De Rossi, Kiray Celis, Mich Liggayu, Ruby Ruiz, Negi Negra, Bekimon, Nico Antonio, Francine Garcia, Odette Khan and 1:43’s Yuki Sakamoto, Anjo Resurrection, Gold Aquino and Yheen Valero.
ECHORSIS was graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board and has attained an MTRCB rating of R-13! Showing on April 13 in cinemas nationwide!
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