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Metro Manila

[Chocolate Frog Films]
Jake Macapagal, Althea Vega and John Arcilla
Directed by Sean Ellis

A Welshman directed a foreign-language cop drama (see our REVIEW of Gareth Evans’s "The Raid: Redemption”) in Jakarta, so why couldn't a Brit direct one in The Philippines? "Metro Manila," half-thriller, half-drama, delivers an elegant and astute finish that will have you cheering and clapping. But the ninety minutes that precede this are so bogged down with politically-correct clichés and ... more >