PEP REVIEW: Every Breath You Take

by Mark Angelo Ching
May 16, 2012

Every Breath You Take works mostly due to the infectious enthusiasm of its cast. The movie's story may be paper-thin, but the talent of its cast more than makes up for it.

Every Breath You Take is directed by Mae Czarina Cruz and produced by Star Cinema. It tells the story of Majoy (Angelica Panganiban), a young woman who is looking for a man that fate has given her. She needs to look for the guy quickly too, as her doctor had diagnosed that her ovaries are drying up, and if she wants to have a child, she needs to marry soon.

After a date that does not go well, Majoy meets Leo (Piolo Pascual), a hotshot sales executive in the real estate business. Majoy then realizes that Leo is the guy she is destined for, as all the signs she needs to see begin showing up.

What Majoy does not know is that Leo is not ready for a serious relationship. Can she do what it takes to convince Leo that they are perfect for each other?

At the heart of Every Breath You Take is a new pairing: Kapamilya stars Angelica Panganiban and Piolo Pascual. The talents of these two actors have already been proven, and these appear in this movie.

Angelica gives her performance an energy that's contagious, lending the movie's humorous moments the weight it needs to be extra funny. Piolo, meanwhile, is quite the charmer. He exists in the film as an impossibly gorgeous man whose charm breaks whatever inhibitions Angelica's character has. Piolo carries this nicely.

The supporting cast are also exceptional. Ryan Bang is Angelica's rejected suitor, and he's naturally funny. Wendy Valdez plays Piolo's delusional pseudo-girlfriend, and she gets the beats of her character correctly, too.

Also remarkable are the performances of Frenchie Dy, Janus del Prado, Regine Angeles, Ryan Eigenmann, and Ketchup Eusebio. On the other hand, the acting of Joross Gamboa, Smokey Manaloto, and Carlos Agassi seem over-the-top, that it's hardly believable at times.

The enthusiasm of this large cast of characters is what makes this movie a worthy watch, because it keeps you watching, even though the story becomes boring in the film's second half. There is no real conflict to the story, hence the boredom. Plus, there are several inconsistencies: for instance, if the gang of three want Leo to marry their sister, why are they trying to kill him in the film's second half?

Patient viewers, however, will be rewarded with an ending that looks unique and a first of its kind in its genre. Without giving away anything, this ending is a confrontation that looks as fun as that four-way confrontation seen in last year's stellar Hollywood romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love.

Every Breath You Take is a film that should be seen for the cast members who make it humorous and a worthy watch.

This movie is Graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board and rated PG-13 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

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