The primary fault with Amigo — aside from an occasionally tiresome pace that almost mimics what life must have been like in the little village, moving slowly in wet, occasionally hot weather — is the third act, where Sayles ratchets up the tension and finally pushes the various personalities to make decisions that will permanently effect both soldiers and residents under their command. They share deep conversations too. Last accessed: March 26, 2014. Over the course of the story, some of the American soldiers learn to empathize with their Filipino hosts, seeing them as human beings rather than as enemies or animals. The priest, Padre Hidalgo , is a wild card. However, Paco recovers and delivers a surprise attack on Benny, who collapses against the wall.
The two face internal conflicts about the value of friendship as they prepare for the physical conflict. With the arrival of the Americans, he graduates from prisoner to Big Man On Campus. Although Lorenzo doesn't like sports, he puts up with Caíto's fascination for mountain biking. Independence was declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo, who was ignored by both Spain and the U. What I could not find was a home video release.
By the time we arrive in Mexico, however, the movie is already lost because it hasn't spent the time to make the Amigos into interesting characters. Advertisement No one uses self-satire this time. In midst of all this is Rafael, an agreeable, intelligent man with a loving wife and a son who strives to be more like his uncle. They, therefore, know more than any, one character does. Be the first to contribute! It is one of only a small handful of films directed by an American to address the war.
All 17 titles average out to just under 3 words per movie moniker actually, 2. They eventually bury Jovan in a very shallow grave and return to camp. Edelman produced, while Nagata directed. Understanding English, Spanish and Tagalog, Padre Hidalgo is a regular Rosetta Stone, translating and not always accurately what is said between the villagers and their American occupants. Subtitles abound, and we are put in the unique position of knowing more about the goings on than the characters onscreen — not a novel technique, but one that works well in a film that missteps briefly when it devolves into a third act parable built on bad luck and chance. Mayor Rafael especially finds himself on the horn of a dilemma, after observing the bloody brand of justice being dispensed on the spot to anyone even just suspected of being a traitor to the American cause. Martin seems to condescend to his character, which is a mistake because, if the character is not allowed to have dignity, there is nothing to play against.
One such message is read by one of the men in service to Simon Ronnie Lazaro. An Asian, A Racist White Guy, and a Mexican Zombie Walk Into A Bar Amigo Undead is a recent entry in the carousel of zombie comedies to follow in the footsteps of Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. The Filipino hero -- who is already a thoughtful, forgiving man -- shows some kindness in return. I guess the general rule should be that nobody should write, direct or play in a farce unless they are prepared to treat it with the utmost seriousness. It won't be controversial nor would it show any taint on the Filipinos, the Spanish or the Americans.
Summary: Amigo, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. As predicted, Jovan does return as a zombie-like demon. For that alone, Amigo deserves a recommendation. Lorenzo is supposed to help him feel at home. How does its compare to what you might see in a blockbuster action movie? Meanwhile, in a small Mexican village, a young woman watches the Amigos on the screen and thinks that their comic adventures are on the level - that they really can outshoot banditos. Chase essentially seems absent most of the time. During the rounds, both boys take some heavy blows and sustain damage.
Running time: 124 minutes Distributor: Variance Films To see a trailer for Amigo, visit:. Filmed in the Philippines, with a local crew and a native superstar Joel Torre in the leading role, Amigo tries to present all points of view, as Sayles usually does. The people are devoutly Catholic courtesy of Spain, and the priest, though technically a prisoner, continues to hear their confessions and serves as an equally trusted advisor. Compton's eventual softening toward Rafael and the people of San Isidro is offset by Hardacre's coldness. Each uses his boxing style to his advantage. You root for the guys on your side and the other side is shooting at them. Yet, like the villagers for whom he tells his story, Sayles gives the soldiers save Col.
Sayles splits time between Rafael, who understands his brother's stance but feels he must play along with the Americans for the safety of the villagers who see him as their advisor, and Rafael's son, who rejected his father's pacifist stance, running off to fight alongside his uncle. But then, Caíto makes a big confession to Lorenzo. Compton Garret Dillahunt , who fancies himself a worldly man and attempts to find common language with Rafael Filipino superstar Joel Torre , the cabeza of the village, its primary governing force. Weapons are fired, many characters both major and minor are shot, and there's some blood. At the end of the final round, the boys are fighting so intensely they do not hear the bell, and they must be separated. The result is both uncommonly intelligent and uncommonly downbeat, and it's likely that only the most adventurous of older teens will be interested. The Filipinos speak Tagalog, the Americans English, the Spanish priest who is freed upon American arrival Spanish and the Chinese laborers brought in for manual labor Chinese.