This year’s first local movie that I was able to see in theaters was the three-part anthology film adaptation of the popular book by the writing collective known only as Bob Ong. Lumayo Ka Nga sa Akin satirizes tropes in the Filipino action movie, the Filipino horror film, and the Filipino romantic comedy. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t get anywhere near the subversive quality of its source material. It’s a movie riddled with technical issues, annoying acting, and a wrong understanding of what satire is.
Lumayo Ka Nga sa Akin
Directed by Mark Meily, Andoy Ranay, and Chris Martinez
Written by Bob Ong and Eric Cabahug
Based on Lumayo Ka Nga sa Akin by Bob Ong
Starring Benjie Paras, Candy Pangilinan, Herbert Bautista, Shy Carlos, Maricel Soriano, Antoinette Taus, Paolo Ballesteros, Jason Gainza, and Cristine Reyes