ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK 2 #ForeverIsNotEnough (2016) Review
Directed by Marlon Rivera
One of today’s best actress, Eugene Domingo is back in the big screen for the much awaited sequel of one of the most successful independent films, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank titled Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 #ForeverIsNotEnough. While the first one focused on how to make an award winning independent film, the sequel now focuses on how to make a personal romance film, or that’s what is director Rainer (Kean Cipriano) was planning.
From having a diva attitude, to actually meddling with the film’s script, Eugene Domingo as Eugene Domingo is definitely taking us to how a celebrity can actually change a script in a very insightful way. Where business and art clashes as to how a director wants to have more than just a story but an experience film but the artist wants appreciation from the audience, especially through box-office returns.
This is where Septic Tank 2 gets honest, it presents the pros and cons of making a film. The fulfillment of having to produce something that values your time or something that the larger audience would appreciate, understand and would spend money on. Because accept it or not, the taste of Filipino audiences has really been not for the story of the film but who’s in it and does it have “hugot” lines or cliched stories that everyone can relate to. Not that those elements necessarily mean the film is already bad, but that those elements are the only thing that makes the film a film, nothing more, nothing less.
The film is smartly written with dialogues that are relatable and takes a jab at the local film industry. It is not your ordinary comedy film as it doesn’t have riotous moments scattered all throughout the film, but it definitely has WTF moments and laugh-till-you-drop scenes. Thanks to its effective cast led by Domingo, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 is a decent and funny film that gives you more understanding about the state of Filipino cinema now and our obsession for romantic comedy films.
3.5 OUT 5 STARS
“Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 #ForeverIsNotEnough is now showing in cinemas nationwide as an official entry to the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival from Quantum Films, MJM Productions, Tuko Film Productions and Buchi Boy Entertainment. Rated PG by the MTRCB.