John Lloyd Cruz-starrer, Honor Thy Father, earns good reviews from Toronto International Film Festival

Steve Gravestock of the Toronto International Film Fest says John Lloyd Cruz (in photo) gave a "tightly wound performance" in Honor Thy Father.

The Filipino film, Honor Thy Father, earned initial positive feedback from international critics.

The crime thriller starring John Lloyd Cruz had its world premiere at the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film (TIFF) this September.

Meryll Soriano and Tirso Cruz III also star in this movie directed by Erik Matti from a script by Michiko Yamamoto.

John Lloyd and Meryll portray a married couple who are white-collar swindlers. Meryll's character earned millions by tricking churchgoers into joining a get-rich-quick scheme. When the money disappears, their daughter Angel (Krystal Brimner) is kidnapped as collateral so that the couple will be forced to return the investments.

Steve Gravestock of TIFF describes Honor Thy Father as "a suspenseful story of betrayal and retribution, a drama about familial reconciliation, and a commentary on the tenuous nature of newfound wealth."

Gravestock also lauds the craft of director Erik Matti, alongside with John Lloyd Cruz's.

"Holding everything together are Matti's fluid, skilled direction and the tightly wound performance by Cruz, whose Edgar—disgusted by the greed and hypocrisy he encounters —seems always on the verge of exploding."

Meanwhile, Harry Windsor of The Hollywood Reporter commends Honor Thy Father for the splicing truth about "poverty, family, and church."

The Hollywood Reporter also describes the Pinoy film as "a flinty portrait of inequality and vigilante justice in the modern Philippines."

This movie, which is created by the same team behind On The Job, also marks John Lloyd and Direk Erik's first collaboration together.

It will be recalled that John Lloyd shaved his head for his role in this movie.

(View photos: John Lloyd Cruz shaves head for crime thriller about a ponzi scheme)





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