He sees the soldiers the way their captors do, as a bunch of 18-year old oddities with Southern twangs, a taste for the palm liquor sold to them by the village moonshiner, and fire in their pee from the applause in their johnsons. They share deep conversations too. Advertisement The simplicity of the film's title, like most of Sayles' naming conventions, hides a much deeper meaning than its translation. 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. Sayles cross-cuts this with a similar military letter, this one read by Lt.
However, Paco recovers and delivers a surprise attack on Benny, who collapses against the wall. Movies this intelligent and aware of so many different points of view should be celebrated, so kudos to Sayles for pulling it off, time and again, in his multi-decade career. It won't be controversial nor would it show any taint on the Filipinos, the Spanish or the Americans. Compton Garret Dillahunt is left to protect the town from the rebels. Ian sees someone walking around the camp and the group splits up to investigate. But when you see to whom it is spoken, ask yourself what John Sayles is trying to tell you with this ending. The film was released in North America on August 19, 2011 by.
Amigo has been made with great care and sympathy, but it's a bit difficult to get enthusiastic over it, especially given the movie's downbeat tone and the difficult lessons it imparts. In English and Tagalog with subtitles. Compton's men into an ambush. This movie is too confident, too relaxed, too clever to be really funny. The movie, we believe, not only tries to be a historical piece on the war but also wants to voice out a political statement. But how you feel about those events is different because you get to be on both sides and actually care about people on both sides.
Overall, the movie also depicts the inhuman destruction of war. The drama milked from the moment is slight and that is unfortunate, since Amigo could have used some heft in going out. On the appointed day, both fighters come out swinging. However, the complication in that movie that the usual war movie, you follow the guys on one side and the other side is the enemy. All that stands is a small tent that Norm has set up.
At the beginning of the film, Benny is training with a punching bag, doing push-ups and pull-ups, all underscored with rap music. The movie isn't overly violent or gory, but there's plenty of war violence, and many of the characters' lives are altered because of the war. Suspense and tension are not what Amigo Undead is about. During the rounds, both boys take some heavy blows and sustain damage. Unlike the zombies in most films, this zombie is only concerned with targeting one victim.
This only furthers the burgeoning tension between Kevin and Norm, as well as between Kevin and Wayne. Running time 128 minutes Country United States Philippines Language English Tagalog Spanish Cantonese Latin Amigo is a 2010 American-Filipino written and directed by. I wasn't sure whether to trust him, and some of his dialogue seemed to foreshadow that I should not. One could certainly not blame him if he did, after Colonel Hardacre earns his Dick Cheney comparison by having Rafael waterboarded in order to get information about his brother. Any idea of building suspense is quickly discarded as Jovan makes his return mere moments after the discovery of the painting.
Soon Rafael and the lieutenant begin to understand each other, but will their newfound empathy protect them from the horrors of war? Caíto is very shy and hardly speaks. Compton's orders, fields that belonged to Padre Hidalgo before Rafael arrived. The movie then turns into a long series of scenes based on misunderstandings and mistaken identities, until the Amigos belatedly realize that the bad guys are using real bullets. Facing Filipino resistance after the latter had cast off the Spanish yoke, Americans dug in and fought hard in a foreign climate against an invader who utilized guerilla tactics. The film takes place in the in 1900 during the. Reminiscent of a sloppier E. Antonio has a precise boxing style, while Felix is a slugger.
He tells him the true reason why he was forced to leave his house. The brothers drifted apart after the tragic auto accident that claimed their parents years earlier. Chase hardly seems in the movie at all; he's given a few lines and some quizzical reaction shots and left idling in the background. He then goes to meet his friend Paco, who invites him into his house. Rather than drive home that point via victorious battle sequences like a typical war flick, the story telescopes rather tightly on the treatment of a group of indigenous peoples by a garrison of troops led by a no-nonsense Army Colonel Chris Cooper. Amigo ought to be a great film: the subject is fascinating and still resonates today, even though it takes place over a hundred years ago. On the evening before their match, both fighters are restless.
It is one of only a small handful of films directed by an American to address the war. 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. Yet, like the villagers for whom he tells his story, Sayles gives the soldiers save Col. Unfortunately, most of the soldiers don't feel the same way toward the Filipino people, and all of them are subject to their commander's orders, which generally don't include any kind of allowance for the locals. The two friends play a boxing video game and drink Sprite together.