courtesy of micheletlogarta
“Amok” is the 9th and last among the New Breed entries in Cinemalaya 2011 that I am featuring. This film, directed by Lawrence Fajardo, looks to be the closest to day-to-day urban reality in terms of feel and visuals. Based on the trailer, I can see how different lives suddenly become interconnected as a result of one incident right in the middle of a busy intersection.
Here’s the plot, courtesy of the festival website:
The bustling and sweltering rugged intersection of Pasay Rotonda serves as the main setting for this story of interconnected fate and destiny. As a raging man’s bullets strays into different directions, the fate of several different characters are sealed and determined. As the temperature rises, the tension escalates and the story unravels with unforgiving immediacy and explodes in the end as each one struggles to survive and escape their inevitable end.
“Amok” has a big cast of some of the more underrated movie, stage and TV performers in the country today. Names such as Mark Gil, Nonie Buencamino, Garry Lim, Efren Reyes Jr., Spanky Manikan, Dido Delapaz, Archi Adamos, Ermie Concepcion, Lui Manansala, Patricia Ismael, Tuxs Rutaquio, John Arceo, Ku Aquino, Roli Inocencio, Acey Aguilar, Amante Pulido, Nico Antonio, Lowell Conales, Ivy Rivero, Xavi Hemady, Wovi Villanueva, Bryan Cabase, Akira Sapla, and Michelle Nollora converge to make an intense movie that is both raw and jarring. Lawrence Fajardo directs from a screenplay by John Bedia.