ML (2018)

TV-14   |    |  Drama


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A college student, his girlfriend and bestfriend get more than what they bargained for when they decide to learn about the dark days of Martial Law straight from an old retired soldier who may be one of its worst abusers.


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20 April 2020 | dwightangelodeleon
9
| Necessarily disturbing.
There are moments in ML (2018) when a viewer can't help but wonder whether the violence depicted was necessary, or whether the film would have had the same agonizing effect had the characters at the receiving end of the torture suffered less pain. But the movie parallels real life accounts of young people who survived Marcos-era brutalities. So while uncomfortably disturbing, the depiction of a martial law-like injustice, juxtaposed at a time of state-sanctioned killings under the administration of President Duterte, a Marcos apologist himself, is more than necessary.

ML (2018) is rough on the edges, with uneven performances from the ensemble cast. But perhaps it's because it's difficult to keep up with Filipino cinema veteran and premier villain Eddie Garcia, who gave here an unforgettable performance enough to make a mark on a generation neither familiar with him nor acquainted with the Marcos regime.

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Release Date:

7 November 2018

Language

English, Filipino, Tagalog


Country of Origin

Philippines

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