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Coverage of the Advance Press Screening of the Movie “Metro Manila”

Jake Macapagal, lead actor of Metro Manila

I was invited and attended the Philippine advance press/media screening of the movie “Metro Manila” at the SM City North EDSA cinema last August 13, 2013.

Here are some of the coverage photos and video of the event.

Miles Canapi who played the role of Charlie in the movie with Jake Macapagal
Leading Lady Althea Vega and Lead Actor Jake Macapagal
Jake and Althea with Captive Cinema staff

Jake being interviewed by TV 5


Althea Vega talks about her role

Jake dedicates the movie to his seaman brother (speech before the movie started)

The press applauding Jake and the cast after the movie was shown

Jake talks about Sundance Festival and Fox’s remake of the movie

Nervous about the Philippine press acceptance

Quick Review

I personally liked the movie. The great storytelling and direction by Sean Ellis made this movie a favorite and successful at the Sundance Festival.  The casting of Jake Macapagal for the role of Oscar Ramirez was a very good decision. The role perfectly fits him and Jake’s portrayal of the character was superb!

Although the familiarity of Metro Manila, the place, the visual landscape painted by Sean Ellis had lesser impact on me compared to the impact if would have to non-Filipino audiences, the director / cinematographer has done a great job in contrasting the modern buildings of the business districts vis a vis to the slum impoverished areas where the plot played.

I rate it 4/5 for its plot, storytelling and the great ending making this one of the best heist movie. I think Fox International Productions would have not bought the rights for a remake if the storyline was less than amazing!

My Fanboy Photos (Me with the stars)

Me with Althea

Me with Jake

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