Yes, daring ang ‘The Escort’ , pero it is also incoherent and at times offensive. Attractive ang cast (and yes, maraming shirtless Derek scenes dito), pero the plot makes it difficult to root for them. Panoorin lang if interested in the topic and for some titilating scenes, pero walang guarantee na it will be satisfying.
SYNOPSIS: Cyrus (Derek Ramsay), offers Yassi (Lovi Poe) a job as a receptionist in an escort service he manages, hoping to turn her into an escort herself. Things get complicated when Gary (Christopher De Leon), a potential client, enters the picture.
DIRECTOR: Enzo Williams
WRITER: Senedy Que
GENRE: Romance, Drama
CAST: Derek Ramsay | Lovi Poe | Christopher De Leon | Jean Garcia | Dimples Romana | John James Uy | Rommel Padilla | Jacky Lou Blanco | Albie Casino
Isang twisted love triangle sa pagitan nina Yassi (Lovi Poe), Cyrus (Derek Ramsay), at Gary (Christopher De Leon) ang pelikulang ‘The Escort’. Dating waitress si Yassi, samantalang si nagpapalakad ng isang escort service si Cyrus. Cyrus offered Yassi a job as a receptionist, kasi naisip niya na sooner or later Yassi will be tempted to be an escort herself. He starts by pimping Yassi to Gary, isang biyudong real estate mogul na dati pa nililigawan ni Cyrus na subukan ang pinapalakad niyang service. Complications arise when both Cyrus and Gary start to fall for Yassi, who, it turns out, is still a virgin.
“Love triangle” is used loosely here–baka hindi pa nga angkop na tawagin as such–and that is the main flaw ng pelikula. Ang hirap paniwalaan that any of these characters are falling in love, at hindi lang dahil sa type ng mundong ginagalawan nila. This is not to say that people in this line of work don’t/can’t/won’t fall in love (something that Cyrus has tried to imbibe for a time in the movie), kaya lang the elements that make up the film are poorly executed to convey a coherent message. Kailangan ng suspension of disbelief–lots of it–ng mga manonood para maitawid ang narrative. One example is yung naivete ni Yassi sa umpisa ng pelikula tungkol sa existence ng escort services (but don’t worry, there’s a 101-type montage to explain to her and the viewers what it is). Another one is when Yassi starts developing feelings for Cyrus, too, as in the same man na binubugaw siya kay Gary. That’s not love, that’s like a case of Stockholm syndrome.
Then there are scenes na border on, if not totally, offensive towards women, like the fact that Yassi’s virginity is treated like a prize at one point, o yung isang throwaway comedic(!) line pa nung isang escort about how she was raped by her father. Then there’s a political subplot. Overall, the characters’ motivations and subsequent actions may make it difficult for viewers to take in what’s going on (as in may WTF moments), and ultimately root for them. The dialogue among characters and even the voice-overs (which still feels unnecessary) don’t help the characters’ cases.
(There are the product placements, too, as usual.)
Sayang ang mga performances ng mga artista given the material given to them. Mayroon namang chemistry sina Ramsay at Poe, and they look good together, pero it feels that the movie focused on their looks rather than their acting. De Leon feels miscast, to the point na medyo nakakatawa (and not in a good way) ang character nito. Parang stereotypical bad guy ang peg. Some supporting characters like Jean Garcia and Dimples Romana were underutilized, too.
Ultimately, it appears that ‘The Escort’ is only meant to arouse viewers’ interest. Granted, kakaibang topic ito–risque, controversial. Visually appealing ang mga artista (and the movie took full advantage of it). Pero the movie doesn’t deliver the goods well enough to satisfy. ♦