With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Filipino action crime drama ON THE JOB reviewed

Well Go USA
On the Job
Directed by Erik Matti
Philippines, 2013, 121 minutes

If you haven't yet watched On the Job, get ready and get set for one of the best crime thrillers ever! It came out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital last month and quite simply it is not to be missed!

Tatang completes an assignment

The film, "inspired by true events," concerns two contract killers. Tatang (Joel Torre) is middle aged; Daniel (Gerald Anderson), his younger accomplice, serves as back up. And hey, have they got the perfect alibi for each of their hits: they couldn't have committed the crimes because they were incarcerated! In this tale of corruption at the highest level of the political and military leadership of the Philippines, Tatang and Daniel are doing the dirty work for these leaders, who arrange for them to leave and return to the prison where they have been serving lengthy sentences.

Federal agent Francis Coronel Jr. (left) and Sergeant Acosta

When they take out a prominent drug dealer, Federal agent Francis Coronel Jr. (exceedingly handsome Piolo Pascual) is assigned to handle the case. He's the thirty-two year old son-in-law of a prominent politician. Sergeant Acosta (Joey Marquez), who had been handling the case, is resentful of it being taken, but eventually comes to work well with Coronel as the extent of corruption begins to become apparent.

Filipino 5.1 or 2.0 soundtracks, both with optional English subtitles, are available.

Bonus Material:
- a "Making of" featurette (6:37)
- Deleted scenes (37:52)
- Trailer

On the Job is a gripping film that's much more than a taut crime tale. It's a terrific action drama that explores both family dynamics and personal relationships.

ACF Rating: 4 out of 4 stars; highest recommendation. On the Job is outstanding; to repeat what I wrote earlier, it's simply not to be missed!