MMFF 2014 REVIEW: Kris Aquino and Coco Martin's Feng Shui 2



In Trinoma Mall in Quezon City at least, seats for Feng Shui 2, the
second installment of Star Cinema’s 2004 superstition horror movie continue to be sold out up to the last full show five days after the
opening—proof that many Pinoy moviegoers still crave a familiar brand of scare with hopes of refinement in surprises.

That is all that can be expected really from Feng Shui 2, a film about
a haunted Chinese charm—a bagua—that brings good fortune to its owner but bad luck and death to others around him.

Directed by Chito Roño, the film ultimately leaves one with a mild paranoia instead of a heavy sense of dread, making it the movie that will get you a couple of squeals and squeezes from your date while not ruining her mood afterwards.

Feng Shui 2 picks up the story from the moment the haunted bagua leaves its last unfortunate owner Joy Ramirez (Kris Aquino) whose own family perished from its curse ten years ago.

The eight-sided mirror rests, finally, on the hands of Lester (Coco Martin), a streetsmart young man who steals it from a Taoist temple in exchange for a huge amount of cash. He soon has a spectacular windfall of good luck, then strange things begin to happen.

But the ghost of the bagua has bigger plans of bringing together its
surviving previous owners (including Lily, a greedy businesswoman portrayed by Cherry Pie Picache). Will they succeed in ending the curse before Lotus Feet gets them all?

Kris is effective during scream-worthy scenes but she lacks warmth and affection for her onscreen partner Doug (played by Ian Veneracion).

Meanwhile, Coco Martin is able to get under the skin of his character as he tries desperately to avoid the deaths linked to one's zodiac animal sign.

For those interested in seeing if the story loop would close, Feng
Shui 2 is still worth seeing even if only for refinements in scare
techniques, for compared to its precursor, the scenes pack more tension and drama and the apparitions have better timing.

Although the storyline remains interesting with plenty of room for
stunning visuals, the film is crippled by sudden and awkward
transitions used to move the story forward, making it seem as if
filmmakers were in a terrible hurry to churn the film out of the movie
mill.

Little explanation is given, even by way of dialogue, to the logic of
events leading to the climax. This would have put the chain of horror
in context, making the whole picture more sinister.

Awkward dialogue prevailing throughout the film also wasted the
talents of otherwise good actors and worsened the screen presence
of really mediocre ones.

To rub salt on injury, the presence of not-so-subtle advertisements
kill the mood in really tense scenes.

As a whole, Feng Shui 2 is a film to be enjoyed briefly but not
really remembered.

It is an otherwise promising sequel that could have been pushed
further but is killed by commercialism before it can really breathe.

Linger a bit after the credits roll to get a glimpse of the (digital) future of the cursed bagua.

Feng Shui 2 is one of the 8 official entries to the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival. It is graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

(View photos: SNEAK PEEK: Feng Shui 2)


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