Panoorin lang and ‘Dilim’ kung may pera, time, at walang magawa—dapat all three combined. Otherwise, maghanap ng ibang mas pwedeng pag-aksayahan ng pera at oras.
SYNOPSIS: Marites, a nursing student, moves to a dormitory that seems to be haunted by Mia, a ghost of one of its previous inhabitants. With the help of newfound friends, Marites tries to help bring justice to Mia’s murder.
GENRE: Horror, Suspense
WRITER and DIRECTOR: Jose Javier Reyes
CAST: Kylie Padilla | Rayver Cruz | Rafael Rosell | Ella Cruz | Nathalie Hart | Joross Gamboa | Kevin Santos | Ynna Asistio| Manny Castaneda
Sa totoo lang, hindi ko alam ba’t “Dilim” ang title ng movie na ito. Dahil ba madilim sa ibang parts ng dorm, kung saan naganap ang three-fourths ng kuwento? Dahil ba madilim dun sa beach kung saan nangyari ang krimen? Siguro nga Dilim talaga ang dapat na title kasi nasa dilim pa rin ako sa kung ano ang kinalaman ng title sa pelikula.
That being said, Dilim’s claim to be a horror movie did not live up to our expectations for shock, gore, and suspense (the least you can expect from a horror movie, right?). Sure, it had its moments. There’s that scene where a tarot card reader looks behind Marites (Kylie Padilla) and sees other people, scenes where there are ghosts standing in the periphery, standard horror fare, yes, and executed quite well. Kaya lang, somewhere along the way, the story lost me. The dialogue missed too many opportunities to hook me into a compelling ride. There were also too many missed opportunities to scare the audience.
And that ending: “disappointing” is the kindest word I have to describe it, but “panira” is probably the most apt. Maiinis ka lang. Given a story that centers on revenge, the ending made a mess of tying things up. A good ending doesn’t need a lot of fanfare, look at how “Dementia” did it. Naitawid nang maayos ang kuwento nang walang gaanong drama at pasikot-sikot and, more importantly, tumatak sa audience.
Dilim’s actors were okay. But that’s it. They were okay but they could have been better, loads better, if only the dragging script gave them more meat to chew on. But no. So ayun, “okay lang” ang acting. Kylie is convincing enough but the rest of the cast could have done better with a better script. Nasayangan ako sa talent ni Joross. Walang masyadong binigay ang character n’ya dito, unlike in his other movies na kahit isa o tatlong lang ang speaking lines n’ya, memorable pa rin (e.g. “Halika maglaro tayo ng taguan. Taguan ng feelings.” sa “It Takes a Man and a Woman”). Ganon din si Rayver, ginawa lang boytoy. Sa confrontation with Rafael lang nagkaroon ng saysay ang mga characters nila, but that’s it.
Technically, okay naman ang Dilim. Wala namang kakaiba sa lighting (pang-horror naman, i.e. madilim) o sa shots. Medyo jarring lang yung insertion of montages na hindi naman nakadagdag sa overall aesthetics ng movie. Speaking of aesthetics, madaming fan service dito dahil babad sa close-ups ang mukha ng mga artista. Hindi naman mali, pero I wondered kung sinadya ito para idagdag sa intention ng pelikula. Pero ano nga ba ang intention ng Dilim? Hanggang ngayon na sinusulat ko ‘to, hindi ko pa rin alam.
Panoorin lang kung may pera, time, at walang magawa—dapat all three combined. Otherwise, maghanap ng ibang mas pwedeng pag-aksayahan ng pera at oras. Kahit last full show mo panoorin, madiling magwe-wear off ang takot mo kasi kalahati pa lang ng pelikula nawala na. ♦