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Monday, January 11, 2016

Flick Review: Buy Now, Die Later

1/5/2016 6:47:14 PM

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Horror and comedy converged once again as the same prods who brought you Walang Forever came up with their second entry at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival titled Buy Now, Die Later.

The thing is: four mini-stories mixed up in a formula that seemed a bit different from what Shake, Rattle, and Roll has been offering us ever since. Four tales telling four different people buying four various “needed’ products in one store ran by a devil-inside Santi. That somehow, fills the connect-the-dots issue right there. All of them wanted fame, betterment, but with a painful price: their respective lives.

While I admire Vhong Navarro’s serious (and a bit of comic) role here, so was John Lapus. This comedian may not do serious horror, but his effort in lightening up the movie was somehow good; perhaps shying away from being a half-half type of film. 

TJ Trinidad always looks best when he does antagonistic roles like Santi, though it may not be totally evil (as it lacks that prowess), but give him the effort to be one of the primest supporting actor in his generation.

While I admire the formula and the cats of actors and actresses here, I felt Buy Now, Die Later lacked a but of something. Or maybe it’s because they turned out to be not-so-totally serious horrific tales.

But you know what? This picture still fared up so well with the others. While a serious drama, a thriller, and a rom-dramedy racked up the top three entries in terms of quality, BNDL tells a lesson applicable even if not on a fearable, matter-of-life-and-death situation: You want some greed? There’s a price to pay, and it’s a damn hell-like one.

Verdict: 7.2

Author: slickmaster | © 2016 september twenty-eight productions

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