“a thief, a kid, and a killer”: a fairy tale about the sea (a film review)


What I was watching, it’s like a Hollywood film shot in the Philippines. The only difference was, the actors spoke in Tagalog language- the native Filipino dialect. When I said Hollywood film, it meant high technical film excellence, great acting performances and a well-crafted film of international standards.

The movie was “A Thief, A Kid, and A Killer”. It was recently exhibited as the closing film at the recently-concluded Cinemalaya X indie film festival.

U.S. film director Nathan Adolfson
U.S. film director Nathan Adolfson

The movie already traveled abroad and received good reviews in some international film fests, like the Terracotta Far East Film Festival. It’s director- Nathan Adolfson is a U.S. film maker. He is also Korean by nationality.

Supported by a good script material, with dream-like sequences that enhanced the conflicts which brought the film into greater dimensions, we could say that the director’s vision was original and his intent was honest. There’s a HEART in this film about thieves and policemen. That no matter how good you are, only society could turn you into becoming a bad one.

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lance: suave gangster characterization in "a thief, a kid, and a killer"
lance: suave gangster characterization in “a thief, a kid, and a killer”

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Lance Raymundo’s acting performance in this movie was cool and highly-internalized. Not the ordinary type of a contravida gangster who over-acted and characterized. Lance applied a different technique to his subdued role: NO ACTING PLEASE kind of method by Eric Morris. We were so pleased by Lance’s acting and character in the film.

felix rocco (right) with eppy quizon
felix rocco (right) with eppy quizon

Felix Rocco was so intense, on the other hand, as he portrayed a young thief with dreams of playing by the sea and a grand vacation to the beach, which he briefly experienced when he was a child. His beautiful mother brought him there, but his mom died later on. Now on his young adulthood, he wanted to escape the harsh realities of life and he could only do it by stealing diamonds.

Yet, Felix’s character failed. Conflicts arose and to escape being caught, he jumped-off a condominium building.

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child actor jade lopez
child actor jade lopez

The child actor who portrayed Felix’s hostage but soon became his friend was no less than Jade Lopez. This child was so experimental and good. He really acted like a child, and that impressed a blogger more.

lance and eppy quizon: good character roles
lance and eppy quizon: good character roles

Other supporting casts of the film were good also like Eppy Quizon and Jack Love Facis. They really acted their characters fully.

The film was no ordinary action film. It was a fairy tale about the sea.

How did the director manage to show two contrasting aspects on a film- reality and dreams- was superb.

And with that, we could say, the film would achieve a far more praise.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

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