Ulan - Testing Nadine If She Can Make It Through The Rain

When I first saw the trailer of this film, it was confusing. Is it a love story, horror, or fantasy film? This was actually a good sign as many movie is already predictable with the formulaic style and plot, but Ulan proves to be otherwise. 

The story as it is laced with folklore and vivid imagination, Ulan takes on a form that focuses on the the life of Maya (Lustre), who is a hopeless romantic and despises the rain which always come and means that something bad would happen. Appearances of Tikbalangs, eggs, and a mysterious woman bring more mysticism to the real life problems also portrayed in the movie.

This is also the first film that Nadine won't be together with boyfriend James Reid which many think their films won't work if they don't stick to the love team formula. But as they have grown mature throughout the years, it is fitting to prove that Nadine can whip up a great performance despite being paired now with new leading men.
As it dwells on the quest for love and the superstitions that are also brought to life, it can be seen with the perspectives of the young and mature Maya. Ulan is also the first HOOQ Original Movie partnered with Viva Films which will be also shown in the Southeast Asian region via the video streaming app.

Ulan stars Nadine Lustre, Elia Liano, Carlo Aquino, Marco Gumabao, Angeli Bayani, and  AJ Muhlach.  Written and directed by Irene Emma Villamor, now showing in cinemas.

Deliberation time kids! 

Film summary: The rain brings happiness, sadness, and also infinite fantasies

Quotable quote: “Masasaktan ka Maya" - Bagyong Aning

Technical Effects: 5 out of 5 stars (Probably one the best and clean special effects for a local film,also with amazing production designs)

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (a mix of love story and fantasy may not be new but has an interesting twist)

Acting and Actors: 4 out of 5 stars (Nadine proves she is a great actress on her own and not relying on the love team formula)

Pros:  special effects, old Pinoy superstitions and mythology, soundtrack, 
Cons: resolution

Music and Soundtracks:  4 out for 5 stars (Music by Len Calvo, and Janine Tenoso's version of Ulan is soothing and perfect)

Overall: Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars (A film meticulously made and properly executed, great conttent to be shared across the region via HOOQ)

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