“Oro” Review: Politics and The Powerless

ORO (2016) Review
Directed by Alvin Yapan

The perfect anti-MMFF movie this year, Oro does not offer a pleasant story for the whole family as it is based on the tragic true events about the “Gata 4 Massacre” in Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur and its effect on its viewers is as painfully raw as the one who experienced it first hand. But the film is actually more than that, how everything went wrong through dirty politics and outpowering the powerless villagers of Gata is a look at how we need a solid execution of our laws from the government who should also be mindful of their ways and of their people.

The film is a story about the people of Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur, whose main source of living is through fishing and gold mining. But what happens when a group of armed men pretending to be someone who protects the environment halts the people’s livelihood? Who’s right and who’s wrong? And how far can the people of Gata go to take back what’s theirs?

Intense and painful may be an understatement on how it depicted the confrontation scenes. Half of the film puts you on the edge of your seats and this is a result of an effective direction and powerful performances especially from Irma Adlawan as Kapitana. But its ensemble is just terrific from Joem Bascon, Mercedes Cabral, Sandino Martin, and even its villains Arrian Labios and Cedrick Juan, that even though you know everything won’t end pleasantly, you’re eyes are glued to the screen as the story unfolds.

It’s gut-wrenching and fuels your anger and thirst for justice, you’ll just want a lot of hugs after watching it as it stays deep within you. The power of cinema is used effectively in telling true events with hard-hitting truths of how power can be used for evil and how the helpless are just easily disposed by those who can not because they should but because they have the ability to. A political thriller that is hard to move on from after seeing it.




“Oro” is now showing in select cinemas nationwide from Feliz Film Productions, distributed by Solar Pictures. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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