The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers
Mark Peters (Piolo Pascual) and Carmina Salvador (Toni Gonzaga) meet in the most unconventional way: when both of them are about to jump off a bridge to commit suicide. But things don't go as planned and the two wounded souls decide to postpone their suicides so they can figure out a better way to end their lives together.
The Short, Honest Plot
That plot twist, though. OMG.
The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them
Toni Gonzaga as Carmina
This talented actress/host/singer is a regular on the weekend sitcom Home Sweetie Home and was last seen in the movie You're My Boss, a rom-com with Coco Martin.
Piolo Pascual as Mark
This multi-awarded actor is a regular on ASAP and was last seen in the movie Northern Lights: A Journey to Love which hit cinemas earlier this year.
Did You Know?
1. The movie was written by actress Bela Padilla. ICYDK, Bela also wrote the screenplay for her movie Luck at First Sight, which co-starred Jericho Rosales. The idea for Last Night hit her while she was on a road trip with her then-boyfriend Neil Arce. They continued to collaborate to complete the script and make the dream movie come to life even after they broke up early this year. Very #ExGoals, don't you think?
2. Piolo Pascual, Neil Arce, and the film's director Joyce Bernal are co-producers of the film, together with Star Cinema.
3. This movie will take you to different scenic spots in old Manila—Jones Bridge, The Luneta Hotel, a quaint coffee shop in Escolta, and Intramuros. The cinematography will definitely make you appreciate the city and its unique beauty.
4. The songs used in the movie will give you all kinds of feels! Get ready to hear the amazing voices of Moira dela Torre and Ebe Dancel.
What I Think:
Last Night is definitely not your typical rom-com, so don't expect it to be like the first Piolo-Toni movie, Starting Over Again. It's far from it—which is good because the film defies the usual blockbuster formula. The story is fresh and bittersweet, and the twists are unexpected. This one's also darker because of the topic of suicide.
But it's not entirely about that. It's more about people who are dealt bad cards in life and how they struggle to find hope. It's about learning to celebrate life in spite of enormous problems and setbacks. And I think all of us, at some point in our lives, have gone through trying times, and will be able to relate to the theme and characters of the movie.
Piolo was excellent as the broken Mark Peters. He is drop-dead gorgeous as usual, but more than that, you will see the pain, conflict, and all kinds of emotions in his eyes with every scene.
Toni also perfectly captured the essence of Carmina Salvador—her desperation, her longing to escape, and her playful personality.
While this is not really a straight-out love story, you will see that the chemistry between Piolo and Toni is natural. There are many beautiful and poignant scenes between them that will be remembered for a long time.
I also loved the visual elements of the film and how it showcased the breathtaking charm of Manila. The setting was perfect for the story and the way the city was captured was just stunning.
Overall, this is one Pinoy movie that should NOT be missed. It takes your heart on a journey from darkness to light, and will give you hope and make you appreciate the beauty of life.
What my friend thinks:
"I really enjoyed this movie. It's not the usual rom-com I've come to expect from stars like Piolo and Toni. And my mind was blown when it came to the twist of the story! It was so creative and beautiful—definitely a film that I will not forget anytime soon." —Melissa
I would recommend it to:
Anyone who is going through hardships right now and anyone who wants to see a different kind of Filipino movie.