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Motel Acacia (2020)

Directed by: Bradley Liew

JC Santos is the successor of a Filipino immigration business in America. The office is situated in a Motel where Filipinos take refuge while their documents are being processed.

What happens inside the Motel is the horror nobody wants to witness.

Grim experiences of Filipino immigrants are depicted through a grotesque creature whose presence promotes exploitation and destruction.

They want to share a story about colonialism and racism the darkest way possible. 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗴𝗲𝘁?

Suspense has taken over the entire movie, leaving anticipation over expectations hanging without a light. No trace of any relatable elements that you can use to empathize with the characters. No signs of relevant experiences to make a significant impact.

Nabuhay ang palabas nato sa pananakot na hindi nakakakilabot.

Ginawa nilang pisikal na halimaw ang mga karanasan natin. Imbes na matakot ka. Hindi mo na ito makilala. Lumayo sila nang husto sa mga bagay na maaari mong panghawakan.

Mas pinagtuunan nila nang pansin ang halimaw kung paano ito magmumukhang hindi kaaya aya. Kaysa sa kung paano mailalahad ang mga pinagdaanan ng mga Pinoy na hindi katanggap tanggap.

Gusto nilang magbahagi ng kwento. Pero takot silang ipakita ito. Kaya nagtago na lang sila sa anyo ng isang halimaw na mukhang Acacia.

The Acacia reference is the closest that they can get to the Filipinos. And it failed to branch out into a more fruitful experience that we can truly savor.

This movie lacks courage to make a firm statement about what they believe in, resulting to a story that’s loosely presented.

They are afraid to show their truest colors; what remains is total darkness. They‘ve become terrified by their own monster; they conceal it inside a Motel.

What happens inside the Motel is the horror everyone should witness... but it never came.


Rating: -1/5

Cast: JC Santos, Agot Isidro

Presented by: Black Sheep, Epic Media, Globe Studios

Date Released: March 11, 2020 in Philippine cinemas nationwide

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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