Saturday, November 23, 2019

Mina-Anud - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Mina-Anud

The Director: Kerwin Go

The Cast: Dennis Trillo, Jerald Napoles, Matteo Guidicelli, Alvin Anson and Mara Lopez

The Story: Paradise is upturned when 3 tons of cocaine wash up on the peaceful shores of a fishing village. Two local surfers must decide if the lure of a richer tomorrow is really worth risking family and freedom.

The Review:
I always like it when movies that are based on real events play well as a comedy because real life events are often way funnier than anything that can be made up by screenwriters and film makers. Director Kerwin Go takes one of these circumstances and turns it into a silly chain of events that plays out like a keystone cops inspired parade of mistakes and mishaps you will find hard to believe actually happened. I mean, I'm sure some of this was recreated or exaggerated for cinematic effect but still, this is some crazy stuff.

There is so much going on with this story and so many characters, it's sometimes hard to keep track although most of it revolves around Ding and Carlo, played by Dennis Trillo and Jerald Napoles, two struggling friends who stumble upon an opportunity to make a lot of money without having any idea what they're getting themselves in to. Most of the comedy comes from their mishaps although the group of fishermen who find the cocaine in the first place are also good for a lot of laughs.

Mina-Anud is a fun ride through one of the Philippines' more bizarre drug related escapades and works well as a no brainer comedy that is easy to sit back and enjoy.

Mina-Anud is an official selection of the 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival.

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