MANILA, Philippines -- Variety magazine, considered as the US showbiz bible, gave a rave review for the Filipino film, “On the Job,” singling out actors Joel Torre and Kapamilya talent Gerald Anderson for their performance in the film.
The review written by the magazine’s senior film critic Justin Chang and published on Wednesday, called “On the Job,” produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment, “a gritty, convoluted but steadily engrossing crime thriller from Filipino genre maven Erik Matti.”
Chang even said one scene in the movie recalls the Oscar-winning “The Godfather,” which is widely considered one of the best movies of all time.
“By the time the stories converge, in a hospital shootout that impressively recalls ‘The Godfather,’ ‘On the Job’ has the viewer confidently in its grip,” he wrote. “The jittery action-movie syntax …feels like a natural extension of this chaotic environment. The atmosphere proves as engrossing as the narrative; the violence erupts with grotesque, alarming frequency as the film wends its way toward an ending even more fatalistic than anticipated.”
Chang praised Torre for his “superbly menacing but very human performance as a killer whose world-weariness hasn’t kept him from being frighteningly good at his job,” while he said Anderson “fully conveys the murderous rush Daniel feels as he becomes a pro hit man.”
He said the interaction between Torre and Anderson as two jailbirds who are allowed out of prison to carry out assassinations “provides the film’s most substantial emotional dynamic.”
"On The Job," which also stars Piolo Pascual, had its world premiere in May as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section at the recent Cannes International Film Festival, where it was picked up for North American distribution by Well Go USA Entertainment.
In the movie, Pascual portrays a National Bureau of Investigation agent whose job puts him at odds with his wife played by Shaina Magdayao. Anderson, meanwhile, takes on the role of a hitman on the run.