Mina-Anud - A Drug Movie Unlike The Others

There has been a lot of drug-inspired movies since Duterte was elected as President, and most of them are gritty, dark, and bloody which wants to depict the complicated and deadly world of drugs, cartels, and the market.

Mina-Anud comes at the time that people seems to be fed up of the same theme yet they want to present the situation in a whole new light. The movie brought an unusual pairing of fisherfolks, surfers, and cocaine. Though there was recent real life news of this happening on coastal provinces, the film wants to expand it into a story that will make it a movie worth watching for.

Starring Dennis Trillo, Jerald Napoles, and Matteo Guidicelli, the film was initially shown as a closing film at the recent Cinemalaya Film Festival. It is now showing in theaters nationwide via Regal Entertainment. 

The plot of having surfers and fishermen getting involved in the drug trade has both a comedic and serious approach with their characters. It makes use of black comedy to portray satirical situations and the relationship of family and friends which invokes the Filipino feeling and complexity.
Since they don't want to water down the brutality, drug, use and sex, it has been given an R-16 rating by the MTRCB. But that is fitting since removing those element can really turn the film from though-provoking into a chessy comedy.

Mina-Anud stars Dennis Trillo, Jerald Napoles, Matteo Guidicelli, Alvin Anson, Dionne Monsanto, Elia Ilano, Lou Veloso, Mara Lopez, Marc Felix, Anthony Falcon, and Richard ManabatScreenplay by Stephen Lopez. produced by Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew. Written by Stephen Lopez and Kerwin Go, it is also directed by Kerwin Go, now showing in cinemas.

Deliberation time kids! 

Film summary: Droga Sa Dagat

Favorite quote: “Party hindi panty"  - Julian (Alvin Anson)

Technical Effects: 3.5 out of 5 stars (Nice wide shots and some close up scenes)

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (We do know everything that involves drugs will not end well)  

Acting and Actors: 5 out of 5 stars (Jerald Napoles makes a bold statement along with his comedy, Dennis provided the drama it needs, and Matteo was fun as a junkie)

Pros:  Production design, cinematography, plot
Cons:  the clown scene was just not necessary

Music and Soundtracks:  3 out for 5 stars (Good scoring yet I was hoping for their own special song for the film)

Overall: Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars (The best Filipino drug-related movie as of today, and we can really need to venture into our black comedy films like these.) 

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