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HENERAL LUNA - Movie Review

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“Ang tunay na anak ng Kalayaan ay hindi hinahayaang magpagapos na parang aso sa mga dayuhan”, one of the poetic lines of Heneral Luna’s iconic image, “Bayan o Sarili” in the 2015 Filipino historical biopic film depicting General Antonio Luna's leadership of the Philippine Revolutionary Army during the Philippine–American War.

It was directed by Jerrold Tarog and produced by Artikulo Uno Productions, the film received critical acclaim from critics, praising its cinematography, writing, acting and plot. It was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, however was not nominated. Henaral Luna is one of the most expensive Filipino epic historical films ever released that hit a box office of ₱256 million and broken the previous record of ₱160 million to become the highest grossing Filipino historical film of all time. The film's success spawned the sequel Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, General Gregorio Del Pilar during the Philippine–American War.

The film was truly goosebumps and an eye opener for every Filipino specially for the people who lack knowledge of what has really happened in the Philippine history. It is really a must watch two-hour movie for every part of it was worth it. From the cinematography that was presented, it was amazing. The makeup and prosthetics for the film referred extensively to actual pictures of the historical characters. Every symbol has a significant weight for the whole production. The visual effects must be praised for the effort to make a scene shot in a modern location fit seamlessly into the period storytelling of the film. The cast of the film were all commendable for their great portrayal of the characters, starring John Arcilla as Heneral Antonio Luna, etc.  The music "Hanggang Wala Nang Bukas" (Until there's no Tomorrow) which was the theme song of the movie added to the feel of the film.

The film Heneral Luna tells the story of Spain's 333 years of Philippines colonization that ended in 1898. Unwilling to surrender to the Filipinos, Spain sold the archipelago for $20 million in the Treaty of Paris.

The film shows Luna has deeply flawed, he who’s prone to anger, overly aggressive, and infected with a fatal stain of hubris. He gives no heartwarming speeches, no exhortations. Rather, he rallies troops with threats of arrest and “Article One” of his military code, “anyone who disobeys the general’s orders will be executed immediately without trial.”

Luna’s most pernicious physical enemies are not Americans but his fellow countrymen. There are the deserters who flee right before his eyes. There are politicians who want to negotiate with the Americans. People like this are traitors; he can neither stomach nor compromise with them. At one point he even flies into an unprovoked rage, promising to defend the nation even if it means going against the President, Emilio Aguinaldo. It’s almost as if Luna’s patriotism blinds him to the realities of human nature, which are greed, self-preservation and fear. We do see some moments of clarity though. In a quieter moment with a journalist, Luna acidly resigns himself to the senselessness of his world, “it’s just Filipinos being Filipinos”.

Pronouncements like these make Heneral Luna a brave film. Like its namesake, it is unafraid to speak its mind. It goes through the pantheon of Filipino revolutionaries, the people today’s boulevards and warships are named after and puts their imperfections on display. Revolution is not a dinner party, and Heneral Luna makes that all clearer.

It is must watch movie film about the history of the Philippines, I believe dubbed and subbed are already available for others who are interested.

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I also like this movie😊😊

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1 year ago

Its nice to know that you've enjoy this movie. If you have some interest you can also share it with us

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1 year ago

I need link or copy of the movie. I wanna watch this one. You are always welcome dear, explore and do more here in read.cash we will be glad to read your future articles. Keep it up!

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1 year ago

heyy its available in on youtube, try checking it out its for freeee

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1 year ago

Haven't watch this movie

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1 year ago

All thanks to RPH i got to watch that movie and made a review hahahha

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1 year ago

Nice one haha

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1 year ago

Wow nice review, that was one of the best historical movies i've watched. I really enjoyed it. From the cinematography to the acting skills of the characters. Everything is lit. ❣ i hope more filipinos will be interested to watch it. It is really worth- watching.

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1 year ago

Supeeer! Grabe ang feels ng movie na to, worth it panoorin.

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1 year ago

I agree that this movie is an eye opener , it is a great movie! Your review about this movie is great too!

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1 year ago

Thank you very much. I've made this review way back in March? I really enjoyed the movie and I got motivated to make a review.

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1 year ago

I saw this movie and really it was a great movie I ever seen.....

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