Team Alpha is clearly outnumbered but it seems that the goons have difficulty catching them. Anne Curtis spent an entire day undergoing combat training alongside Philippine Scout Rangers, which included sniping, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, and running while carrying 20 pounds of sand inside their backpacks. P.S. “One of the best action films of the year and a must-see for all fans of the genre” Panos Kotzathanasis Synopsis: After surviving the slaughter of her entire squad in a drug raid compromised by dirty cops, anti-narcotics special operative Nina Manigan (Anne Curtis), is eager to go head-to-head with the drug cartels that hold a bloody grip on Manila. She confronts Lily who is exhilarated after finding out Nina had a sex dream about her. After she finishes her performance perfectly, it is revealed that she stabbed herself f which further shows how serious her delusions have gotten. But when her new mission in the city’s most dangerous slum goes … Nina gets more conflicted with herself as she turns her anger toward a newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis), her main rival for the role as Black/White Swan. With the PDEA officers in disguise and looking out for Teban, Biggie Chen then talks to Teban through the phone with their conversation wiretapped. She’s finally able to become Black Swan but it comes at a cost of destroying herself. Nina is well aware that her time in the spotlight will be short. Will you utterly forget me? Initially, the audience is led to believe that they actually had sex but it’s later revealed that Nina went home with a different person. Advanced happy feast day of St. Jean Marie Vianney, patron saint of parish priests! We hear them speak though and we get a feeling that these drug dealers might kill them all and just take all the marked money. This further fuels contempt for Lily as Nina feels as if she’s sabotaging her so that she might get the main role. Teban meets with Biggie’s goons lead by Chongki, who even has a metal detector with him and got a little tense with De la Cruz’s team Beta as they refuse to hand over their guns to these goons. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. These are questions I have no interest in answering, so let’s skip right over that, and I’ll get back to explaining why a young woman bleeding from a gaping wound in her abdomen and dying on stage after giving the performance of her life is the most beautiful ending this film could have. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. Buybust is a 2018 action thriller film directed by Erik Matti, starring Anne Curtis as Nina Manigan. The opening words of Psalm 13, which appeal to a silent God whom the speaker feels abandoned by are comparable to Nina’s hopeless state: “How long, Lord? So surely the foes of which David speaks can be foes that exist only in the mind of the mentally ill Nina. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. She knew what her life would be, she knew that she would descend further and further into madness, that her mother would continue to treat her like a child, and that her sickness would continue to prevent her from forming any meaningful relationships. She instead dances the role with restrictions and control which does not work because she’s using White Swan’s motivations which are similar to her personality. Biggie Chen and Teban then meets but we couldn’t see them. Now, Biggie gets the gun but decides not to kill Manigan. With a gun pointed at him, Biggie casually tells Manigan what is the drug war all about in a nutshell. As Nina seeks maturity, her close encounters with her mother and other characters grow exceedingly violent. The Lord has heard [her] prayer; the Lord takes up [her] plea. For Nina life is comprised of the sorrowful parts of Psalms 6 &13. [Her] foes will be terrified and disgraced; all will fall back in sudden shame.” Nina’s foes are not the same as David’s, but foes need not be earthly beings, they can be any manner of obstacle, after all, in the Hebrew Bible the word from which Satan (known to Christians as the prince of darkness, etc) is derived is Hassatan (meaning the satan) Hassatan describes a function rather than a proper name and is translated as obstacle, adversary, or stumbling block. Are we going to see more quality action films after this? I started writing this because I woke up at dawn and I couldn’t sleep again. The PDEA training scenes were filmed on location at the Fort Ramon Magsaysay Military Reservation and utilized the actual facilities in the area such as the close-quarter combat room. AJ played one of Erich Gonzales’ leading men, Rainier Lacuesta, in The Blood Sisters. Somewhere, Teban walks away but will meet Chongki later. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” Nina has no desire to become a shade, she, as a realist, is aware that either age or mental illness will deprive her of her spot in the limelight, and that she will not be the Swan Queen forever, so it is better for her to go out, after her first brilliant performance, in a moment of sheer perfection, than to “fade and wither dismally with age.” She does not want to become Beth, or something worse, she realizes that her life will never get any better than it is at the moment that she, as the White Swan, dies. Earlier this year, Anne starred alongside Dingdong Dantes in Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story. All that occurs in Black Swan is seen through Nina’s eyes, and given that Nina is at times incapable of distinguishing reality from delusion, the viewer is often left wondering what is real and what is not. BuyBust is the updated take providing more gray areas in the usual clear-cut, good-versus-evil setup that was prevalent in the genre. When a tragedy is a triumph: The Nina Sayers Story. This is not an endorsement of suicide. So instead of spending her life fighting a losing battle, Nina did the one thing that, in her mind, would allow her to be victorious, and bring an end to her suffering. This provokes Solomon, the grieving man for his dead son Judiel, and brings out a gun and leads the people of Gracia de Maria to fight and kill both the PDEA and the drug dealers. In BuyBust, you don’t get just one token female for diversity but two other women in the squad, each with different personalities. God has no place in Black Swan, and His absence from Nina’s life contributes to her hopeless mind-state and ultimately to her death. As she does this, it further drives her character to become Black Swan. Those who want to see a heroine be treated with the same respect as a male protagonist. One dancer, Nina (Portman), is a perfect fit for the White Swan, while Lily (Kunis) has a personality that matches the Black Swan. Nina is going through different psychological issues. Typically the lead roles went to Beth, but when Swan Lake went into production she was, seemingly, forced into retirement to make way for the younger Nina. It’s evident that director Erik Matti paid homage to past action films but there are strong elements of the horror/slasher film genre. From ELLE Decor. Her mother treats her like a child as is visible with the color symbolism of her clothing and bedroom with white and pink color signifying her childlike innocence. For Nina the world is a place of unending sorrow, Nina lives in a world where worldly accomplishments are all that matter, nothing of a spiritual nature exists in this film. The shaky camera effect during the action sequences can get dizzying and confusing, which is not helped by the rainfall obstructing most of the view.

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