There has been a long wait for a movie that will incorporate the iconic songs of Eraserheads , and the moment has finally came when it materialized via Frasco Mortiz’s barkada movie The Reunion starring four of the most popular actors now: Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil, and Kean Cipriano.
The movie talks about how four close friends realized that they’ve been living a life of failures after being the “it boys” in high school when they attended their reunion years after. Pat (Cipriano) is still a wannabe actor who wants to make it a big by auditioning on different reality and talent searches. Boggs (Gil) is a hyper sexual man who was once a basketball varsity jock. Joax (Lim) works as a valet who brings disaster one after the other while Lloyd (Dee) is afraid to move on with his life and is stuck with being a low key photoshop editor. The movie progresses as each one of them tries to correct and improve their own lives.
There’s so much potential with the material that one can’t help but expect at least a decent material when they enter the movie house. It is very much advisable to leave all those expectations once you reach the ticket booth. This movie looks like a pilot of a teen series that will be canceled mid-season. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before that this film did not incorporate. As if that’s not good enough, there’s also nothing that they did to make it at least innovative.
Now once the film hits its drama stride, things get worse. Whether it’s failed relationships, broken legs, and predictable twists, there’s nothing that can redeem this mess of a film from being a further mess. There were also some unnecessary transitions, sitcom level flashbacks, and an E-heads revival every now and then.
The chemistry among the four leads was passable at times, but overloading us with edited images of them won’t convince us that they’ve been friends forever. The four actors work better when they are tackling their individual storylines rather than being altogether in a scene. Even the female cast leaves no desire to have chemistry at all.
Don’t get me wrong, there were some funny scenes that I can think of, but the overall feeling of this film (together with the material they used) is such a wasted effort. Eraserheads fans and loyalists deserve better than this.
Rating: 1.5 /5