Directed by Yam Laranas
Written by Yam Laranas
Louise delos Reyes
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If you want a suspense-thriller film where you play the whodunnit game, this is not for you. Most viewers actually know who the culprit is halfway through. But this is not a movie of WHO, but WHY! If you are the type of person who thinks, wonders, asks while watching, then you are meant for this. And you will love The Road as much as I did.
The film is divided into three stories that are 12 years and ten years apart, all of which are in relation to the mysterious dirt road.
The Road has opened a whole new world to suspense-thriller movies in the country. Although there are many movies of similar type before, none has been as hyped and as fulfilling as this one. I say fulfilling because watching the movie made me feel proud that it is 100% Filipino made. Finally, a movie with no adverts and inserts of commercial goods.
It is very artistically made, and I commend Yam Laranas for creating a wonderful story. For every question you ask, it will be answered as the film progresses.
With the first story, your question would be what happened? What happened to the daughters of the grieving mother? What happened to the case that was unclosed for twelve years? What happened to the lone teenager who was missing, while the body of the two teenagers were found along the road? What happened to the blackened car found hidden in the trees by the side of the road.
Your questions will be answered at the second story, which depicted what happened to the two sisters. But the question now is: why? (Why would such a good looking guy be so creepy? LOL) Why did he kill the two girls? And why is it that he seems to do so in a loving manner?
Everything is answered at the third story, set ten years earlier than the second story.
What I love about The Road is its superb cinematography! The shots are dark and beautifully creepy. Just looking at the scene, you'll feel goosebumps. It's not a horror movie that shows too much blood and gore. It is so realistic, you'll feel it might happen to you. What could be scarier than that?
Another great thing about The Road is it has no shortage of excellent acting. Carmina Villaroel is a mother you would certainly be afraid of crossing. Her makeup-less, pale face and contorted expression was scary and ultimately believable.
Rhian Ramos is a superb actress as well. It was a no-nonsense acting that is free from conscious effort, unlike other actors of today. She was not concerned of how she looked like, nor if she had to drop facedown into the ground. Undboutedly, Rhian is one of the best actresses of today.
But what really stood out was Alden Richards! He was really a revelation. I haven't known him before the movie, but after the movie, I HAD to research who he was. For me, he deserves to win an acting award. No, not just an acting award but several acting awards.
I think he had the least lines in the film, maybe just two or three. But his actions said it all. His face is expressionless, his eyes are cold, his every move is deliberate. One look at him and you know: this young man is a cold-blooded killer.
The rest of the cast would not disappoint. Everyone knew their craft and played their roles well. Good job! Clap! Clap! Clap!
Finally, it was the director's sense of placing the beautiful and the grotesque side by side that made me say this film is a work of art. You can see the stark difference of the two because they are interwoven and exist together. One cannot be defined if the other is non-existent. Like night and day. Like love and hate.
I must say, Direk Yam Laranas, you are a genius!
What do you think? Does it deserve a score of 5 out of 5, or what?