By: Danilo Flores II
In the middle of teaching elementary kids in her school room, Linda (Mercedes Cabral), amidst the scorching heat of the sun, traverses the steep hill while the background extends far just so she could grab the opportunity to talk to Elmer (Joem Bascon). He is one of the locals who is captured and detained by the group of armed men. This scene alone instantly brought Oro on the top spot among other MMF 2016 entries.
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Dog Slaughter Scene
True enough, the film Oro is under great controversy over the sensitive dog slaughter issue in one of the movie’s scenes. Upon initial criticisms and inquiry about the slaughter scene, production representatives’ claim that no dog was harmed since they use a dead goat with prosthetics; the concern is put to rest.
But the issue has risen from the dead and is currently making so much noise in social media after Oro movie representative recently admits to lying about the scene and that a poor dog was indeed killed. While this issue is sensitive and merits great discussion and attention, its focus should be directed first on judging the quality of the movie based on other aspects.
Gata 4 Massacre
The film Oro follows real-life events and tells the tale of “Gata 4 Massacre” where four miners lost their lives to an armed group in Barangay Gata in Caramoan, Camarines Sur in the year 2014. The story is fictionalized in some points in order to refrain from becoming a mere re-enactment of the massacre.
The film is truly a masterpiece. It retells the story of the “Gata 4” victims, the tale of the town and the legend of oppression in itself. Oro proves to be a socio-political film anchored on real life events that have turn-out to be an outstanding narrative suited for the big screen. Every scene is artistically choreographed to build up tension among viewers, that leads them to chaos and the lingering feeling of uneasiness up until the climax – where emotions explode before everyone watching.
Brilliant Casting Team
Oro’s casting team did a great job. The actors that gave life to the film’s characters were complimenting each other, making it easy to believe that they were indeed living their lives together in one community for a very long time.
The movie’s visuals are excellent. Lighting is properly utilized for both of Oro’s day and night scenes and played a great role in achieving the atmosphere of that in an island barangay setting.
Oro’s Screenplay is Seamless
Oro’s screenplay is effortless, truly seamless. Actors and actresses all portrayed their roles with superb acting and the unraveling of the story reveals a brilliant scene direction.
A little point for improvement perhaps would be the integration of the native dialect’s tone. This would be tough on the movie’s cast. Nonetheless, justice for the roles was truly served. Despite the issue that confronts Oro at the moment, there is no argument on the fact that it deserves the Best Ensemble Cast Award. One of the cast members, Irma Adlawan, is also the best actress winner for her role.