Kinatay (Butchered) (The Execution of P)
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Kinatay (Butchered) (The Execution of P)
A decent man who steps outside the law finds himself falling into an abyss in this violent thriller from Philippine director Brillante Mendoza. Pepoy (Coco Martin) is a young man studying to become a policeman who has recently married his longtime girlfriend Cecille (Mercedes Cabral), with whom he has a baby. Between school, his wife and the baby, money is scarce for Pepoy, and an old friend, Abyong (Jhong Hilario), tells him he can make good money by helping out some local loan sharks with their collections. While his conscience objects, Pepoy agrees, but while the work involves scaring a few… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An exercise in experiential cinema, as well as a blistering critique of a society that drives its poorest to unimaginable acts for mere survival."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Kinatay demeure, certes, une expérience cinématographique unique en son genre, et ce, à bien des égards%u2026 Mais une expérience ratée malgré tout."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"Mendoza strengthens his gift for describing space with inquisitive cameras, but as the helmer's star rises, his subtlety wanes, resulting in obvious statements made banal by heavy-handed ironies."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Frankly, most people will find Kinatay either unremittingly tedious, harrowing or vile. Possibly all three. Mendoza is no gore-hound. He's more serious than Noe. This is a fiercely moral and horribly unforgettable denunciation of societal corruption."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Wild sound, aided by the spot-on punctuation of the score, turns the two-dimensional, often murky rectangle of the theater screen into a seemingly boundless, infinitely dangerous void space. Call it four dimensions of terror."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"A nerve-shredding exploration of crime which is both repellent and grimly compelling."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
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