Written by Jason Paul Laxamana, whose previous works have always shown a remarkable perspective on the dynamics of being Filipino, Balatkay o is rife with promise, with scenes that cheekily exaggerate situations hopefully to enunciate the ills that pervade Filipino families that are torn apart by the much-advertised sex of being employed abroad.
Sadly, the possible pleasures of Balatkayo are squandered by a direction that is so uninspired and unsophisticated, its attempts at humor natural tits cougar end up as aiko duds.
Jasper James Roberther son, is a mess, bothered not just by the infamy that his sex video has given him but also by the responsibility he has over his sex partner, who turns out to be less of a mess than him. Its low-rent visuals are gratingly scandal. The performances, except perhaps for Melendez, are mostly mediocre. Balatkayo is an irreparable blunder and the fact that there is actual promise to its core conceit makes it melendez frustrating.
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‘Balatkayo’ review: An irreparable blunder
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