REVIEW: Derek and Lovi's The Escort offers more than just sexy scenes


The Escort is a convoluted story that rides on skin and sensuality.

Xyruz (Derek Ramsay) runs an escort service and he finds himself falling for the new receptionist, Yassi (Lovi Poe). Things are complicated by interest in her from multimillionaire Gary (Christopher de Leon) and in him by lady boss Lucy (Jean Garcia).

There is enough sexual innuendo and teasing to trigger the interest of moviegors, yet this movie is more than sexy scenes stitched together. But first, let’s get those out of the way. The swimming pool scene between Xyruz and Lucy is powerful and erotic, to be sure. The one between Xyruz and Yassi is tender and passionate. Both scenes are highly extended, without cuts.

The movie has a few subplots, including one involving Dimples Romana’s character as an aging escort looking for security, Mayor (Rommel Padilla)--Lucy’s husband--who is in jail due to allegations of graft and corruption, and the child of Gary’s late wife because of her infidelity with another man.

The movie tackles such lofty issues as trust and unconditional love, as well as problems that we face in Philippine society, such as poverty, insecurity, graft and corruption.

For all its ambition, it falls short because it tries to tell so many different stories, yet dropping them along the way. Some issues are convoluted, left unresolved, or abandoned completely.

The script has humorous parts, to be sure--though some lines and situations meant to be serious also end up funny. It is disturbing to even hear one female escort joking about being raped, as if it wasn't a big deal.  

The script also depends on its characters to verbalize character traits and pivotal points: the alternative to depending on the actor’s talent or story development.

Derek plays the lead role in much the same way as he brought life to similar characters in the past. He is competent enough but lacks depth to deliver a more nuanced portrayal.

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Lovi is beautiful and statuesque, which is what the character calls for. She displays potential just below the surface, and sometimes, her eyes will display deeper emotions appropriate to the scene.

Christopher portrays his character with toughness as well as gentleness and in one pivotal scene, his eyes reflect the words that he does not say.

The picturesque locations, especially in Kandaya Resort, are breathtaking. The production design here communicates the romance building up between the lead characters.

The editing and musical score, though sleek, can still be improved by way of fluidity to better tell the story.

The love story at the core, though not entirely unpredictable, is interesting in its portrayal. There are also some cliches that look like scenes from other steamy, sexy dramas but the movie does make up for it through its sheer gloss. 

The Escort is graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board and rated 13 without cuts by the Movie and Television Regulatory and Classification Board.


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