TUHOG is Skylight Films‘ newest work which stars Eugene Domingo, Leo Martinez and Enchong Dee. I did not even know about the movie until a friend of mine kidnapped me and forced me to watch it. As a habit, everything with Eugene Domingo in it is something I WILL watch because Kimmy Dora was such a nice surprise eons ago. Written and directed by Veronica Velasco, this movie is dubbed as a MAINDIE and boasts of other mainstream actors like Empress, Maliksi Morales, Dimples Romana, and Jake Cuenca. Bodjie Pascua was also in the movie and was most enjoyable to watch.
At first, I thought the movie was a comedic take on TUHOG, the 2001 movie starring Ina Raymundo, Klaudia Koronel, Jacklyn Jose, and Dante Rivero. That is, until I saw the huge poster beside the theater. And it wasn’t for another 5 minutes into the film that I finally got what tuhog meant: skewered.
The story was about the lives of the three people pierced together by a steel rod thanks to a vehicular accident: Tonio, (Leo Martinez) a cranky retired family man who wanted to put up a bakery of his own; Fiesta, (Eugene Domingo) a bus conductor who is burdened by a broken home, a drunken father and a failed relationship, and Caloy, (Enchong Dee) a typical college student who thinks of nothing but to pop his girlfriend’s cherry.
The story was just okay to be honest. Somehow, that ‘indie’ feeling was missing and most parts of the movie were dragging. The cast was great although I find it uneasy to watch Jake Cuenca and Empress act as if they are perpetually pa-tweetums. The movie will not make you LOL, although I was hoping that it would at some point. The movie Tuhog meant that people’s lives intersect, and as the movie made it clear, literally and figuratively. That said, I somewhat wished the three leads had more interaction; that would have made the film more coherent and heavier. I just cant help but feel that the movie is incomplete, that narration was not able to weave the story right and it barely touched the surface of something that could have been greater. The movie focused more on the individual stories which meant cutting precious time on the accident itself and how it would have ultimately changed the fate of the three.