Directed by Jun Robles Lana and Perci Intalan
I wasn’t emotionally ready for this. Directors Jun Lana and Perci Intalan’s ‘Unforgettable’ tapped my worst fear, which is losing the people I love.
Sarah Geronimo definitely proves she’s a much more versatile actress now. You can see how she does not overplay her character which may or may not be a special person. She plays her character charming enough for me to be engaged from the start of the film until it ends. But there’s more than charms for Sarah here, the dedication she puts in forming her character as her own is commendable.
The film, while having heavy themes, is still a feel-good movie. Because Jasmine is that person, who even though is challenged socially and mentally at times, still chooses to be positive. Because that’s what her grandmother, played by Ms. Gina Pareno taught her. So, every time, every circumstances, she chooses to be kind. Because for her, kindness pays.
‘Unforgettable’ is an adventure film. Adventure that goes beyond just the scope of the story, adventure because the main character goes outside her comfort zone, she does whatever it takes to be with her loved one. You may call it an adventure of a lifetime. Easy for some, maybe, but for Jasmine, it’s not. And all the stops she had in her adventure changed her and the people that she met. It’s like Maryo J delos Reyes’ movie ‘Magnifico,’ Jasmine changed the people around her.
The story is simple, even the storytelling is simple. But it’s moving, charming and was carried by a magnetic performance of Sarah Geronimo. Even if you’re somewhat ready for the inevitable heartbreaking scene, ‘Unforgettable’ manages to still be emotionally impactful.
This film is for all those who fear losing the people they love and the good things we receive for choosing kindness.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
‘Unforgettable’ opens in Philippine cinemas October 23, 2019 from VIVA Films and The IdeaFirst Company. Rated G by the MTRCB.