MOVIE REVIEW: BWAYA (Francis Pasion, 2014)


Jeffrey Jeturian’s Tuhog was a brilliant take on how media tend to exploit real-life tragedies. Francis Pasion’s Bwaya felt just like that.

It bordered on being a cheap sensationalism piece in Rated K and a typical dramatization in Maalaala Mo Kaya.

As expected, it was full of TV Patrol acting at the expense of the usually dependable Angeli Bayani. Such a shame.

I was a tad disappointed because Pasion did this much better in his previous work Jay (a personal favorite). If there’s one thing I loved it was the gorgeous cinematography with all the aerial shots of the Agusan marshlands. Who knew the trouble that lurked there?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 6, 2014.)