Well Go U.S.A. announced this past week that Filipino writer/director Erik Matti’s sensational crime thriller, On the Job, will be heading to DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 18.
The ARR comes in at 144 days and the limited domestic theatrical run generated ticket sales of $164,620.
If this foreign language import isn’t remade into a big-budget, big-star American blockbuster than it is only because the powers that be are either asleep or brain dead. This is one sweet — and cleverly twisted — mystery/thriller! And what makes it even more compelling … it is actually based on a prison scandal that took place in the Philippines.
The film opens with the noise and celebration of a street festival. Dancing goes hand-in-hand with gunplay as two assassins emerge from the clutter of the crowd to execute — for all to see — a high-level drug dealer.
We only come to realize as the story progresses that the hitmen, Mario "Tatang" Maghari (Joel Torre) and Daniel Benitez (Gerald Anderson) are inmates, who periodically “vanish” from prison to carry out their assignments. It’s the perfect cover!!!
Indeed, the police investigation — headed by Sergeant Acosta (Joey Marquez) — is stymied by the mysterious disappearance of the assassins. Where are they hiding? Who are they? Who do they work for … and why the killings?
His investigation is further complicated by the arrival of a green-behind-the-ears federal investigator named Francis (Piolo Pascual), who may be carrying water for those involved in the scheme.
It’s complicated. It’s clever … and it is loaded with action!
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