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#MMFF2019 ‘Sunod’ Review: Visuals Take Over the Story

SUNOD (2019) Review
Directed by Carlo Ledesma

Let me just say this first, Mycko David’s cinematography is a monster in ‘Sunod.’ A monster because it eats you, its visuals eats you, inviting you to its world. That much said, Sunod’s visuals are definitely the main reason why I enjoyed and got hooked on the film from start to finish.

The film is good overall. But as a horror movie, it’s better than most released in 2019. There’s enough mystery, scares and the atmosphere is strange and frightening. Director Carlo Ledesma has a clear vision of what he wants for his film. Though the story isn’t that fresh, there’s confidence in telling it. Stylish and with jaw-dropping visuals and production design, Sunod will surely impress its viewers.

Carmina Villaroel, Krystal Brimner, Rhed Bustamante, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos, Kate Alejandrino and even Susan Africa are all on the top of their game. Their performances help make the film intense, creepy and engaging. I hope there was more to it. I hope that the visuals didn’t take over the story. But what it has is fine and offers more than past Filipino horror films.

25 Sunod

‘Sunod’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide from TEN17p, Globe Studios and CMB Film Services, Inc. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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