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Movie Review: Amorosa: The Revenge

Learn a portmanteau: maindie. The term refers to mainstream-indie. Skylight Films is the maindie unit of mainstream production mammoth Star Cinema. Its initial offering is Corazon starring Erich Gonzales. Amorosa: The Revenge is its follow-up project with Angel Aquino in the lead. There seems to be pattern: horror flicks with female names as titles. Though the maindie unit seems bent on being the edgier little brother of Star Cinema, this I-am-going-to-be-different attitude has produced confusing movies. Corazon has an interesting premise and intention but the use of multiple elements killed of its good promise. Amorosa is more derivative and less entertaining. Old familiar stuff like creaking doors,  disgusting insects, and vengeful ghosts pervade the entire screen time. Some concepts were borrowed from The Others, Sixth Sense and a number of Asian horror films. The luminous Angel Aquino is the best thing about it but even her presence could not keep the movie afloat. But there is one other reason I found it disappointing.

Amorosa survived a tragic accident and she decided to move to an old pension house with her children Amiel (Martin Del Rosario) and Rommel (Enrique Gil). The change in address promises a new beginning for them. But the pension house hides a dark secret about to break out its hiding place.

Choice is at the heart of the film. The lead character had to make a terrible choice during the accident triggering a difficult relationship with one of his sons. Her other son tried to decide for his future but his mother opposed him. Even the ghost made a painful decision in life that led to her death. Making a choice – good or bad – is the running theme of the film but the decision of the filmmakers to fill up  the movie with numerous old and tired horror elements ruined it for me. Instead of focusing on the consequences of a choice to a person and his relationships with other people, the audience is treated to one stock horror trick after another. Frankly, the choice given to Amorosa during the accident provides a boatload of opportunities to examine its effects to a mother. The film did for a bit until the I-thought-of-this-twist-an-hour-ago was revealed. And in hindsight, the mother-son relationship could have been a movie in itself without the need for a murderous ghost. I guess most filmmakers think the Filipino audience is not yet ready for a full-on psycho-horror/drama devoid of prosthetic-enhanced monsters. That is a just a load of bull.

In its search to make an edgier film, the people behind Amorosa came up with ANYTHING CUTTING-EDGE. It is just another something for the Same Old Same Old File Folder. I do hope the next maindie production will be better because am still a believer of local films.

RATING: C+

POSTSCRIPT:

  1. Running ghosts are better than floating ones. The running ghost scene in the film got the loudest screams last night. Reminds me of slo-mo ghost running scene in The Road.
  2. I am not a fan of possessions but Nanding Josef as Pedro did a good job in one.
  3. The film is the first for former child star Jane Oineza a batchmate of primetime soap princess Julia Montes.
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7 Responses to “Movie Review: Amorosa: The Revenge”


  1. 08/31/2012 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for the review! I was choosing between Amorosa and I Doo Bidoo and after reading a couple of reviews for both films, I think I now have a fine choice. :D http://reynthology.blogspot.com

  2. 3 Cid
    11/19/2012 at 7:02 pm

    :) Hi, I think your review is commendable. However, I’m afraid that some good points in the movie are not included. I don’t mean to seem disagreeable, but I find the movie to be exceptional and unfailingly consistent. I think it’s unfair that they’re not discussed openly for your readers.

    (NOTE: to those who haven’t seen it, SPOILERS ahead)
    First, there are good twists in the story, a few which are easily observed and others you’ll only figure at its obvious hints. I for a suspense fan loves intelligently made twists. I even love that word. True, several hints are made so some are figure out a thousand seconds ago, but they exist to coincide with the fact that the story revolves in these ‘twists’.

    Second, I watched it twice with my mom then with my sister so I’m fairly sure the movie is consistent with all the intertwining twists. There doesn’t seem to be anything in the movie that overrides the other so it is really meticulously analyzed and revised.

    Lastly, I like how the existence of ghost and psychological perplexity coexisted fetchingly. Surely, thriller movies don’t always turn out great if they force these two together especially when the plot focuses on confusing the viewers whether where the twist ends. To set a disappointing example, Afterlife. Yes, where Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci are the leading actors. Why the hell does the director want the movie to look like Christina is both a ghost and a living victim of a crazed mortician?! I love Liam and this is just heartbreaking. If you watched Afterlife, I bet you agree with me.**note: I’ve watched a clean version in tv so I haven’t seen the ugh…censored parts…I’ve always been receiving snide remarks from those I’ve discussed it with at school or at the internet where I couldn’t be as “innocent” as I promote myself to be. (Ah,sorry about the long unrelated part about me ;P )

    By the way, hopefully I just misunderstood a part of your review, if you think it is the ghost of Sandra that kills rapists. (When you said “murderous ghost” at the 2nd from the last line of your 3rd par.) Then I believe you’re mistaken since it was the Sergeant who was driven insane for not being able to save Sandra whom I feel he has an affection with. Though that was very obvious when he broke down (the scene where his hat tips off thus showing a scar) when he remembers the scene where he was helplessly hears Sandra raped and killed. I’m very sure he became a obsessed rapist killer since then. Though I think the ghost scenes during his murders are either symbols of his unforgiving hatred or her support for her reprisal. In the end, the Sergeant died and so he definitely couldn’t have been the one who killed the rapist so I’m conclusively sure that it was Sandra’s ghost that killed Ejay’s character, she found peace after being able to toll her revenge.

    I agree that those bugs and grossed corpse is not needed. xP blegh… But with or without, the movie is still good. Anyway, if you haven’t watched Wag Kang Lilingon, where Anne Curtis stars…(which I seriously doubt), I’m hopeful you’ll appreciate it because it’s not really a ‘ghostly’ situation. And another question I still am doubtful about is when the old gardener appeared in Amorosa’s door and hinted the phone voice record. I’m still wondering if it’s the ghost’s work or a mother’s intuition. Although not clearly answered, this doesn’t really acts as a major part of the plot nor does this supersede anything. It still bothers me though..so I’d like to hear from you about this.

    Apologies for the long comment, I’m seriously sorry. When I like a movie, I’d like to defend it when I find some reviews either misleading or incomplete. And also sorry that I can’t remember some character names like the roles of Sergeant and Ejay. I wish you’ll find time to read this. I don’t mean no offense in the matter, just a little bit subjective objection. I really hope you’ll have a change of heart about this movie. Thanks for your considerate effort :)

    • 4 Victoria
      03/10/2013 at 7:37 am

      I watched this movie alone out of curiosity and because I think I really don’t need company to watch this, hehe, if you know what I mean… In simple terms, I find AMOROSA a bad case of a soap opera with twist and turns hoping that the confusion will create horror… The scripting was albeit weird with people in the cinema either laughing or getting pissed of about it. I agree with the author that the twist and turns are your “same old”, I’m better off watching the first few Shake, Rattle and Roll movies which are the edgier ones, with a simple twist, a lot pf heart, and damn good truly scary scenes… I don’t know what you’ve been watching lately but I suggest you watch good ones so you can have a better benchmark of whats good and whats not.

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