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Amok (2011)

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Kulob, Singaw, Sabog o ang Patayan ng Abang Uri

Ni Roland B. Tolentino

Sa Amok, ang magkakasalikop na buhay ng nagbibilyar at nagsusugal, nagbebenta ng barbeque, ukay-ukay at baril, mga pasaherong nag-aabang sa terminal, laos na personalidad at ang kanyang dinehadong transvestite na puta, mga tambay sa kalye’t batang nagbebenta ng sigarilyo, baklang bugaw, magkapatid sa van, galamay na pulis, at iba pang nilalang—mga taong hindi magkakakilala liban sa pagkakatipon sa arbitraryong sandali sa kanto ng EDSA at Pasay Taft—ay tinatahi bilang ordinaryong buhay sa bansang ito.

Kunsabay, hindi ordinaryong abitraryong sandali ang panahon ng pelikula. Ito ay konsumasyon ng matagal-tagal na buhay ng mamamayan, syudad at bansa sa ilalim ng kultura ng impunidad. Walang pakundangan ang karahasan dahil sa sistematiko’t sistemikong kasaysayan ng mga nasa kapangyarihan, at ang pagkatagos nito sa pang-araw-araw na buhay. Read complete review