Aurora was the only film in the Metro Manila Film Festival that I wanted to see and it’s the only one I’ve seen so far. I tried to go and watch two more, at least, but I really didn’t have the gumption to do it.
Let’s face it. The MMFF is not the festival that I am ever eager to see. These are not the kind of Filipino films I want to see. It makes money. People love it. Go for it. But it’s not my thing and I’m just happy that ClickTheCity didn’t force me to see them all.
But this is a post about Aurora and not the MMFF so here’s my review. Read it in full here: Despite its excellent first half, ‘Aurora’ stumbles in its final act and sinks. (ClickTheCity).
There were a lot of good things in Aurora. I’m surprised so many people hated it. The ending was so bad that it really ruins the whole thing. I think the thing people didn’t like about it was that they were expecting a horror film rather than this moody, atmospheric piece, which is what it ended up becoming.
But then that ending. It shifts into this super heavy supernatural CGI/SFX bonanza that didn’t match the rest of the film.
I wanted to like it. I really liked the two movies of Yam Laranas that I saw. It was the only film in the MMFF that I wanted to see and it didn’t do it for me.