Here is an excerpt I found most relevant of course:
With Cinco, Star Cinema’s latest foray into the relatively lucrative genre, we can again observe if the film is going to sink or swim. The good news is, there are signs pointing to the latter. For starters, moviegoers can look forward to this for different reasons. Fans can be happy with the army of stars involved in this spectacle. Supporters of the local movie industry can get excited about the new generation of directors tasked to helm the project. Followers of the genre can have their imagination piqued by the film’s use of five episodes instead of the trilogy that seems to be the norm.
That’s right: five episodes, one movie in its regular running time. Will the storylines suffer? Or will it hasten the pace leaving no time for things to be “dragging” –the common word used by regular movie fans like us when a certain movie tends to bore us…
MUKHA. Director Nick Olanka‘s “Mukha” also stands out in the quintuplet as the episode that presents a mean character being given the fright of her life. You can either feel sympathy for the character or you can enjoy her get what she deserves. Mariel Rodriguez is a ruthless, screaming advertising boss who fires the janitor for, of all things, a bad photocopy job. This factor will latter be explained by the frightening use of the copying machine and freaky photocopies of the janitor’s face in the part where Mariel’s character gets herself screaming and running scared out of her wits. The episode superbly mixes a good story, defined characters, a new scare device, and an interesting twist to give the viewers the feeling that the story, despite the limited time, has been told efficiently and completely.
Cinco has its highlights and its lowlights, and generally, it just stays in the middle–not the best that came from Star Cinema. The different points of view used per episode is evident, and it is a good thing especially for a collection of stories with varied situations and different tones. Story-wise, the claimed intertwining of the five stories is not strongly supported, as this particular element (revealed in the 5th episode) can be taken away and the movie will still work.
For those who will watch the movie just for bonding with friends or to have a good time, you will be happy to know that you will have your needs met after the movie. But for horror fanatics who could have been given by the movie’s promo plugs that is it a serious horror masterpiece revolving around a very serious subject of death and its repercussions, do not expect much.
Like many horror movies in the country’s filmography, Cinco conforms by being as family-oriented as possible, using religion as resolution, and having the need to always have a “moral of the story.” Fright and fear are two different things. And Cinco offers the former.
Good job Nicki! Always, proud of you. 🙂
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