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Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father

Sep. 12, 2015 Philippines115 Min.
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8.7 1,677 votes

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Synopsis

A pair of married white-collar swindlers run afoul of their latest victims.

Original titleHonor Thy Father
IMDb Rating7.7 173 votes
TMDb Rating9.5 2 votes

(3) comments

  • Sirfaro11December 27, 2015Reply

    A father will do anything for his family

    John Lloyd Cruz (Edgar) tackles a different role in this drama about a
    family caught amidst a scam. He sheds off his boy next door image to
    play a father who will do anything (including shaving his hair) for his
    daughter. Edgar and his wife were struggling in the urban life until
    they struck it good in an investment business. It was good for several
    months but When the business collapsed, with his fathers in law dead,
    their lives turned for the worst when a politician demanded their
    investment returned. Edgar returned to his roots, where we discovered
    his family background. Who else can we turn to in times of need but
    family? They plan on how to help Edgar to get the money they need in 2
    weeks. Honor Thy Father is certainly a cut above the rest of the MMFF
    participants, a yearly parade of substandard films in the guise of
    entertainment come Christmas time in the Philippines. A film like this
    deserves to be watched.

  • Mek TorresDecember 31, 2015Reply

    Overwhelming Atmosphere

    Honor Thy Father is a heist film. That is all you need to know about
    its plot. But the movie is apparently more than just plot. It mainly
    explores a world of desperation, a commentary about oppression and
    greed, the theme of family and the reality of facing consequences. All
    of these are written in one very simple storyline and to be honest, it
    does it all perfectly and even beyond what it should be. The film takes
    us to this atmosphere and delivers it with a powerful effect in every
    moment. The filmmaking is masterful, the tension is subtle, the
    performances are down-to-earth tremendous; this is how you ultimately
    define a true great movie of the year.

    The movie begins with its characters unable to escape from a serious
    trouble they put into themselves. We also see the ironies of this world
    where a person who came from a dirty past has more sense of generosity
    than some religious group that is supposed to be a representation of
    humility. But the big picture here is we live in a complex world, where
    you don’t exactly know who is good or bad and what exactly is right or
    wrong. What matters is you survive. We explore these lives in total
    bleakness, where you felt that everything is under control by
    meaningless oppression, which makes you empathize these characters
    despite of their choices. This isn’t quite a new story or lesson to
    tell, but its context and how the film puts these things together are
    what makes it brilliant. The pacing may be slower compared to director
    Matti’s other crime thriller, OTJ, but the momentum is still felt, as
    the plot moves forward with a consistent slow burn.

    One of the remarkable things around is the tension, like you can feel
    that bad things are meant to happen at every turn. It also helps that
    the score gets louder whenever things really get too far. The camera
    also shoots these moment by simply establishing the whole atmosphere of
    a particular sequence. But then, everything about the camera-work is
    strikingly terrific. The exterior shots are undeniably gorgeous, while
    everything else is just spot-on. The acting is no different from the
    quality of its filmmaking. Putting John Lloyd Cruz’s talent outside
    from his romantic film mold proves that there is truly more to this
    actor than what we usually see from him. He presents whatever this role
    is feeling even at his quietest moments and what makes it remarkable is
    how natural he performs. No matter what situation he is facing, it
    makes the characters a lot easier to get inserted into.

    There should be more local films like Honor Thy Father. I mean, the
    experience stands quite differently, even compared to many independent
    local films that you may usually encounter. How the story moves forward
    is expertly paced, the performances are authentic, the cinematography
    is obviously beautiful, the suspense is unpredictable and the themes
    and commentary are just powerfully represented. Yeah, the story is
    quite simple, but again, it just takes the advantage of true cinema and
    beyond, resulting a breathtaking gritty drama of which could have been
    just another crime thriller.

  • gabgonzalesJanuary 4, 2016Reply

    Fresh piece of Philippine cinema

    The writing, direction, cinematography and score of this movie was
    amazing. And John Lloyd, oh John Lloyd god bless you. His acting was
    breath-taking. There is so much to love in this movie. It is not a
    perfect movie. It had its faults. For example It kind of dragged down
    in its second act. But fortunately, it picked up and ended with a bang.
    I can’t even begin to describe how socially relevant this movie is
    today by discussing topics like religion, family and wealth.

    This movie is what the Philippine movie industry need. It might have a
    strong ”indie vibe”, it is still very accessible to mainstream
    audience.

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