REVIEW: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Invasion   5 comments

Shake Rattle and Roll

Last year, it was said that the Shake, Rattle, and Roll franchise will finally be put to an end. After all, it is on its thirteenth installment last year. However, with the surprising turn of events (okay, not really surprising), a 14th one was in the works, and is now part of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. This year though, only one director was behind the three movies, horror master Chito Rono. My review will be divided into the three different episodes.

Episode 1: PAMANA

When a horror comics writer died, he left an inheritance to his two nephews and two nieces. He also left them each of his four original comics writings. With that, the writer also left a challenge to them. He left them five million each, but each time one dies, the dead person’s money will be separated into the remaining ones. With these horror comics characters going larger than life, and them being stuck in their uncle’s dead house, it ensues horror to these people.

I feel this episode is the perfect throwback to the old Shake, Rattle, and Roll movies. For one, it stars the three leads of the three episodes of the first installment of this series. Second, I like how they connected it with an old horror concept: the power of comics. There’s really something that’s comfortable to watch here that makes the whole episode enjoyable. The ensemble was commendable too, with Janice de Belen, Herbert Bautista, and Arlene Muhlach all perfect choices in their roles. I like how it also ended which made it even scarier.

Grade: 3/5

Episode 2: LOST COMMAND

When a simple military operation in the jungle turns into chaos as unknown entities start to meddle with them, it’s now up to platoon leader Martin Barrientos (Dennis Trillo) to act upon the remaining men in his team to survive. This one is based on current zombie craze such as The Walking Dead and the never ending zombie invasions. With that said, I like how director Rono presented this concept in a more interesting manner. It wasn’t simply zombies that appeared everywhere.

There was also a nice dramatic play with the connection of the children to their fathers with the characters of Ella Cruz and Makisig Morales. The cinematography and visuals were pretty slick, and wasn’t difficult to the eyes. Sum it up with a memorable ending, and this is  a good episode altogether.

Grade: 3.5/5

Episode 3: UNWANTED

During December 21, a mall suddenly exploded and people inside it are fighting not only their way out, but fighting for their lives as well. The leader of the pack involves couple Hank (Vhong Mavarro) and pregnant Kate (Lovi Poe). In between, they’re with random mall goers who survived as well though a strange monster keeps on eating these people alive.

I actually liked how this one played with two possible fears: the end of the world assumption and being trapped inside a wrecked shopping mall. Thus, I think that the movie started out good. However, the all out CGI monsters and the appearance and disappearance of all these other characters who weren’t even engaging to watch were a big NO. When we reach the end, it was all CGI now and lost all the potential it had in the beginning. I’d say Vhong Navarro was a charismatic lead, and he was definitely able to carry this episode in his shoulders.

Grade: 2/5

Here are the reviews of the other Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 entries:

El Presidente
One More Try
Si Agimat, si Enteng, at si Ako
Sisterakas
Sosy Problems
The Strangers
Thy Womb

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5 responses to “REVIEW: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Invasion

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  2. For me this movie was a trash. o.o

  3. I think the producer of this movie should just retire this film franchise because they have ran out of ideas. This 14th SRR was neither funny nor scary. I expected so much from Chito Rono but this was a disappointment (The Strangers was better). My mom is a fan of the SRR series but she told me that this one is the lousiest. I think Mother Lily should consider getting new (horror) writers and give them a break instead of paying so much to Ricky Lee, Rody Vera and Roy Iglesias for coming up with screenplays na hindi naman nakakatakot.

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  5. Shake Rattle & Roll 14 is a very big and great asset of Regal Films, the movie was fascinating and their story has their own twist, that Gerald Pesigan turned into Buboy “The Batang Diablo”, Paulo Avelino and Rommel Padilla trasnformed into humans again and attacked the patients, nurses then invaded the country, Vhong Navarro,Lovi Poe were not killed because they are the new leaders of the world, Each movie can be good pag-pinagpursige, and I think maganda kung si Topel Lee or si Jerrold Tarog sila ang mag-sulat ng mga episodes, SRR XIV showcased three different ways of Invasion
    Pamana-5/5
    Lost Command- 4/5
    Unwanted-5/5

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