A friend convinced me to watch Captive (over Twitter, mind you) because of (1) Sid Lucero and (2) Raymond Bagatsing. She knows I’m deeply infatuated with THE Raymond Bagatsing.
Google it and you’d find that ‘Captive’ was loosely based on the 2001 Abu Sayyaf kidnapping of the Burnhams in Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan. Supposedly, the focal character in this story was Therese, a French social worker/ missionary helping out in Palawan, but the numerous characters and a lack of character build up makes it hard to say who the real ‘bida’ is. If becoming bida is measured by the length of air time, then it must really be Therese.
The movie started sluggishly with occassional outbursts of emotions, not too much, but enough to wake you up when it’s starting to get boring. The first 45 minutes (or so it felt) of the movie was spent on views of the open seas detailing the four day journey to Mindanao, and on an attempt to establish the other characters in the story. My favorite was the birthing scene- they filmed a woman ACTUALLY giving birth that even little miss clitoris said hello for a few seconds. Worst part was when Coco Martin made an appearance as commander of the military troops going after the infidels. Don’t get me wrong, I like him, but he looks too smooth and clean for a military officer.
I won’t delve into the story itself since I didn’t write this as an actual review of the movie. Just wanna put it out there that Sid Lucero was awesomely devilish. Saiyed (Bagatsing) and Mofhik (Lucero) were the yin and yang of an ‘oppressed’ race fighting to get their land back from “squatting outsiders”. Maestro Saiyed’s leadership and devotion to his holy book reined in the animal in Mofhik, and it was fitting that the Maestro’s unfortunate and untimely death that the beast in Mofhik was officially unleashed.
Come to think of it, ‘Captive’ really had very little to offer the mainstream viewer but its social relevance outweighed its lackluster technical aspect. For once in a Filipino movie, I actually felt sorry for the kidnapper, even sympathized with their cause. At first. That connection with the captors however was overcome by the stronger feeling of empathy for the captives.
I’m not going to say the movie was good or bad, but it was something to be enjoyed. Definitely not a recommended viewing for a casual movie night but it could be a required film for college kids. I watched it at an intimate screening. The other viewers respected my personal space. There were 7 of us in a full sized SM Cinema.