Movie Review: Bubog (Crystals) by Arlyn Dela Cruz


I was one of the lucky ones who watched the CDO Screening of the movie “Bubog” directed by Arlyn Dela Cruz last May 10, 2017 at Gaisano Cinema 3.

The theme of the movie is the controversial war against drugs in the Philippines where the number of extrajudicial killings increase day by day. The movie itself focus on the most affected citizens of the country, the ones under the poverty line or the poor.

My reaction after I watched the movie as posted in my facebook account last May 10, 2017:

“One word: Intriguing. In the midst of the war against drugs in PH, the film “Bubog” (Crystals) shows us the picture of the most affected citizens in our country (the people living in poverty). How can we champion the war of drugs if there’s still an increasing number of deaths without justice? I’ve read it somewhere that in war, there’s no one winning because both parties have casualties. And It is something that we should think about. Is justice serve in the hands of these killers or is it in the due process of law?”

What I really liked about this film is the fact that it does not only gives us a good quality film but it also educate us how the war of drugs affects the poor and the society as a whole. And this is something that should not be taken for granted when you watch the film. It does not only focus to one person but the story revolves to different characters from the highest official of the land up to the youngest casualty of this controversial fight of the government. Different stories but interrelated. It give us the glimpse of what happens on the streets and the story behind of every character shedding light to the question of “why they continue to do it even if they know it is prohibited”.

The film also shows the cause and effect of the war against drugs and the undeniable increasing rate of the victims of extrajudicial killings. It is something that should not be taken for granted considering the bloodshed of innocent lives due to mistaken identities and the generalization of every death to the infamous placard of “wag tularan, adik ako”.

This film is dressed like a silent assassin slaying the defects in the midst of the war against drugs and it is up to us now to answer the issue: whether or not the current war against drugs in the country is the solution to end the drug trade and activities?

Going through the technicalities of the film, all I can say it is not that well-polish but the story line itself is clear enough of what message it wants to convey to its viewers. There are some  unclear parts of the film especially in exchanging dialogues but nevertheless, as a whole, it gives a clear picture of the situation of the people in or below the poverty line who engaged to drugs as a living or the point of view of the key players of the war against drugs. And I love how natural the characters acting especially on how they portray extreme emotions. It was really well-portrayed.

Overall, it is really a good and must watch film. Personally, I highly recommend it.

Click here for the trailer of the film BUBOG by Arlyn Dela Cruz.

You can also check their Facebook page for screening announcement in the cinemas near you.


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