Metro Manila
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A desperate family from the northern Philippines finds that city living has its share of dangers after moving to Manila. With life in the rice fields looking particularly grim, Oscar Ramirez decides to raise his children in Manila. When Oscar lands a job with an armored truck company, it appears he has made the right move. But a high mortality rate among his coworkers and some shady business dealings at work soon lead Oscar to wonder if his family would have been better off in the country. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie works as a contemporary look at desperation in crime-riddled Manila, but it's also as deliciously old-fashioned as the late '40s-era film noir "Kiss of Death," and nearly as entertaining."
‑ Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's drama, it's crime, it's a story of a family's survival against the struggle of life and even though it lacks the blood, gore, zombies and the monsters of the Fantasia Film Festival, Metro Manila is a horror story in its own unflinching way."
‑ Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"One of the most enrapturing experiences I've had at the movies in 2013: fiercely, grandly humanist, and almost unbearably tragic."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Ellis proves that the slow-burning thriller can still work as both an entertainment and as a penetrating social critique."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"Good but could have been great."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"It's pacy, engrossing, and Jake Macapagal's turn as the plucky schmuck protagonist is stellar"
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The story is perhaps a bit too tidy, broadly signposting both themes and plot twists, but a natural cast and the urgent camerawork make it a riveting ride."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Metro Manila may be rife with well-worn genre devices, but this sporadically creative thriller is bolstered by Sean Ellis's keen eye for both visceral action and relationship drama."
‑ Joe Walsh, Film4
"Tales of country innocents corrupted by the big city have been a staple of cinema since the silent era, but the theme is bracingly updated here, in the colourful squalor of modern-day Manila."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"It begins as a swirling drama of survival in the Filipino capital - but then suddenly it slips off down an alleyway, only to emerge a scrupulously engineered, Christopher Nolan-ish crime thriller."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Boasts the stock characters and situations, sentimentality, foreshadowing and melodrama of soap opera. Yet by cleverly blending these ingredients with those of an action caper, the pic presents a fresher appeal."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"There's a tenderness in the depiction of the central family which was notably lacking from Ellis's earlier work, and the nuts and bolts of the heist narrative are handled with slow-burn dexterity."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The influence of Ken Loach makes way for the dynamics of a Quentin Tarantino-style heist. The result is an expertly crafted heartbreaker that cuts to the core of desperate lives."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Characterisation basic. But plot well-turned and pace moodily rubato, as in the best kind of B-movie."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"There's a visceral sense of urgency in this cleverly made thriller that holds our attention even when the plot begins to feel over-constructed."
‑ Rich Cline,
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