Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Release Date: 2009
Sometimes a film can be really enjoyable despite obvious flaws. I am going to bitch and moan about certain aspects of Philippines’ film Patient X – for in truth they do deserve bitching and moaning about. However, some of these aspects came to mind after the film and some during. But despite them, I enjoyed this.
The film starts with a boy, Lukas (Miggy Legaspi), running through the forest. The camera shakes like nothing on earth and here we have bitch and moan number one. Shaky cameras, not just here but in later action scenes. That said they are used more sparingly than many other films and even in this scene the shaking camera is replaced by a smooth, overhead tracking shot. At this point I realise that Lamas knows what he is doing and hasn’t just thrown in shaky cameras to cover up poor photography. In short I can live with the occasional shaky camera as used.
Lukas is running with a woman called Guada (Cristine Reyes). He drops marbles and stops to pick them up. They eventually reach the gate to his house and a man, Marcus (Elvis Gutierrez), stands guard. Guada asks him what he has done. Lukas enters the house. His mother and father are dead and his brother James (Jake Angelo Vargas) holds two men off by waving a kitchen knife at them. Eventually they grab him and rip his guts out, eating his organs. Guada has Marcus leave Lukas alone but the man grabs his wrists, leaving some sort of residue behind.
30 Days of Night - nothing lives without a head. This only struck me after watching the film, when I thought about it.
However, I enjoyed this. The characters were, in the main, 1 dimensional victims but that’s fine as it is a survival horror type and, as such, it did have the ambience I craved. If the bitches had been identified and sorted by the filmmakers this would have been a classic. Despite them Yam Lamas’ direction gets this to 5.5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.