An Honest Review Of 'Unbreakable'

It's a definite must-see for you and your girl friends!
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The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

From the very start, Deena (Angelica Panganiban) saw Mariel (Bea Alonzo) as her hero. They first met when Mariel defended Deena against a group of girls ganging up on her. Since then, it was always Mariel who acted as Deena's defender and voice of reason. Fun-loving Deena, on the other hand, brought a lot of laughter and spice into Mariel's life and helped her get out of her shell and be brave.

They are stark opposites but are bonded by a promise that no matter what, their friendship would stand the test of time.

But people grow up. They spend time apart and things change. Can a friendship tested by time, change, misunderstandings, and mistakes survive?

The Short, Honest Plot

It's a movie about a friendship between two strong women and the many challenges their relationship faces.

The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Bea Alonzo as Mariel

Bea Alonzo was last seen in the thriller Eerie, her first foray into the horror genre. The movie was well-received by audiences especially when it became available on Netflix.

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Angelica Panganiban as Deena

Angelica Panganiban was last seen in the iWant series Call Me Tita where she plays the daughter of Lorna Tolentino. She was also one of the lead stars in the daytime teleserye Playhouse which ended in March this year.

 

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Richard Gutierrez as Justin

Richard Gutierrez was part of the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival comedy Fantastica with Vice Ganda and Dingdong Dantes.

 

Ian Veneracion as Bene

Ian Veneracion was part of the two 2017 movies: psychological thriller Bliss and indie horror film Ilawod.

 

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Gloria Diaz as Mama Helen

Gloria Diaz was part of the cast of the recently-concluded afternoon drama Los Bastardos. She was also a guest star in the second season of the Netflix series Insatiable.

Did You Know?

1. Bea and Angelica go back a long way. In 2007, they starred in Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik, the sequel to the highly successful 2006 teleserye of the same name.

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2. Just like their characters in this film, Bea and Angelica have had rough patches in their friendship. They became busy and just stopped communicating around the time Angelica got together with her ex, John Lloyd Cruz, in 2012. It was only March this year when they reconnected and rekindled their friendship.

3. Unbreakable is director Mae Cruz-Alviar's comeback film. Her last movie was KathNiel's Can't Help Falling In Love which came out in 2017.

4. They had to reshoot one of the highlights of the movie—a highly-emotional parking lot scene. In their bloggers' conference, Bea shared that it was hard for her to have to do it over: "Maihahalintulad ko siya sa pagsabi sa kaibigan ng breakup story, kapag paulit-ulit, wala na siyang effect. So nahirapan akong hugutin 'yon. I'm so glad si Angelica ang naging ka-eksena ko doon. She was really generous in that scene…She was there to help me."

What My Friend Thinks:

"Unbreakable is that friendship movie that keeps on giving. Bea and Angelica are magnificent as best friends, Mariel and Deena, whose life-long friendship is tested to its limits. I have no words for these two queens. Their scenes together put you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, epiphanies, and tears (lots of them) that only THEY can do. Watch it with your best mamee!" —Mina

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What I Think:

First things first: I have to admit that I'm a sucker for friendship movies. So you can imagine how much I loved and enjoyed Unbreakable. In fact, I can probably say that this is the best Filipino movie about female friendship that I've ever seen.

As a woman, I truly believe that it's so important to have solid relationships and deep bonds with female friends. It's empowering and comforting to have sisters, women who love and support you but also tell you the painful truth when you need to hear it.

That's why I am so happy that we have a film like Unbreakable that honestly captures the ups and downs of female friendships and how they evolve through time and trials.

I loved how screenwriter Vanessa Valdez and director Mae Cruz-Alviar developed the characters of Mariel and Deena. It's like getting to know them as friends. When you meet them onscreen, you will see that they're not cookie-cutter, one-dimensional people. They're both great women but also deeply flawed just like every one of us.

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Mariel and Deena were portrayed beautifully by Bea Alonzo and Angelica Panganiban. I can't think of any two actresses who could have been more perfect for the roles.

As expected, Bea killed it as Mariel. Her eyes were so expressive in every scene and she takes you along her every thought and emotion—her happiness, her pain, her insecurities. For a big part of the movie, her character just held in a lot of tears unshed and words unsaid. I think it takes a higher level of skill and maturity as an actor to be able to convey that without actually spelling it out through speaking lines.

I was also floored by Angelica's flawless performance as Deena. What a talent this woman is! She can make you laugh one minute and cry the next. Between the two lead characters, I felt like it was Angelica's character that had to evolve the most and the fastest and she definitely rose up to that challenge.

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After Bea and Angelica, Gloria Diaz was my next favorite among the cast. She gave the movie the added spice and tension and did so in an unforgettable way.

Ian Veneracion was nakaka-in-love as Bene. Richard Gutierrez, for me, fell a little short compared to Ian and the women in this film but he was not bad at all. In fact, his portrayal of Justin is probably his best so far.

This is the kind of movie where every scene counts so you need to pay attention to each one because later on, you will see how it connects to other scenes in the movie.

Unbreakable is not a perfect film though. I would have wanted them to skip Angelica's blonde wig and also wished the last scenes were a tad longer to accommodate better transitions to depict the passage of time. But overall, I would say this movie is outstanding and definitely a must-watch for every Cosmo girl and her best girl friends.

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I'd Recommend It To:

Any woman who has had a best friend at some point in her life will respond to this movie. Definitely watch this one with girl friends, and don't forget to bring tissue!

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