Metro Manila
Metro Manila (2014)

Ellis, whose previous films include the award-winning CASHBACK and THE BROKEN, travels to the Philippines to tell the story of Oscar Ramirez, a down-on-his-luck farmer who flees the countryside with his family to look for a brighter future… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 2014
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Infusing thriller tropes with a searing glimpse of modern-day corruption, Metro Manila is just as gripping as any action blockbuster -- and twice as thought-provoking.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Proof that you can't go wrong with the same old story.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's pacy, engrossing, and Jake Macapagal's turn as the plucky schmuck protagonist is stellar

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

The painstaking set-up for the heist is both admirable in its detail and off-putting in the slick way it exploits poverty, reducing social drama to a genre gimmick.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

As bleak as a Dickens novel, yet twinned with a contemporary heist drama, Metro Manila straddles two worlds in telling the story of a desperate family man who moves from a small farm to the city.

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Alissa Simon
Variety

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.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

For all the images of slum life at its most desperate and violent, Sean Ellis' Metro Manila is an exploitation movie masquerading as social drama.

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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Satisfying as entertainment and remarkably cathartic as drama, this is a masterful achievement that deserves to find the audience that the marketplace seems determined to deny it.

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

Sean Ellis doesn't so much understand Filipino society as merely see it as grist for standard genre fare, perhaps hoping that the foreign setting will somehow automatically make the clichés feel fresh.

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